Frequently Asked Questions
IPL Photo Rejuvenation
When the pulse of light is delivered, some patients experience a slight pinching or stinging sensation.
Immediately following the treatment, the area may appear a bit red and swollen. Three to seven days after treatment, patients may notice what appears to be a re-growth of hair. Actually, most of these hairs are being shed as a result of the treatment and are not re-growing. Between treatments, patients should not wax or pluck hair, but can shave.
Following the treatment, patients can immediately return to their normal activities. Because some redness may occur, sunscreen should be applied to any treated areas exposed to the sun.
Most areas require 3-6 treatments. However, the number of treatments required for optimal long-term benefits depends on multiple factors, such as the size of the targeted area and the thickness, color and growth cycle of the hair itself. Each hair grows at a different rate and goes through three distinct phases: growth, regression and resting. IPL treatments work by disabling the hair that is principally in the active growth phase at the time of treatment. Since other hairs will enter this active growth phase at different times, additional treatments may be necessary to disable all of the hair follicles in a given area. During your consultation, we will be sure to evaluate all factors and outline the most effective treatment plan to attain optimal results.
Although patients experience few side effects, those most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to sunburn. These effects typically last only a matter of hours. In rare instances, blistering may occur. Avoid hot baths, hot tubs and saunas for 24 hours. Aloe Vera or cortisone cream may be applied.