A cooling gel will be first applied to the treatment area. When the IPL handpiece is held to the skin, brief pulses of intense light are emitted, with a sensation similar to an elastic band snapping against the skin. If needed, a topical anesthetic can be also be used.
After the 30-minute treatment, there will be some mild redness and possibly some swelling like you’ve experienced a sunburn. This is short-lived, so the minimal downtime means you can return to normal activities the next day as well as wear makeup.
You will need to apply sunscreen daily to minimize sun exposure and to maintain your results. Note: IPL treatments are not as effective on tanned skin and treatments should be scheduled accordingly.
The number of treatments required will be tailored to your individual needs. Most patients will require 2-5 treatments for optimum results, with maintenance treatments done periodically to maintain the excellent benefits.