What is the Recovery Like After an IPL® Photofacial?
The IPL® Photofacial is a quick, easy way to reduce the appearance of unwanted aspects of aging like acne, scarring, and brown spots. While treatments last only 30 minutes per session and are a much more comfortable option than surgery, patients should still expect to take some minimal time to recover. To get you prepared for what you need to expect and do once your IPL® Photofacial appointment concludes, we’ve compiled some helpful information.
24 Hours After Your IPL® Photofacial Appointment
The most common experience patients have after an IPL® Photofacial is redness. Skin can feel tender, raw, and may even blister, but this is a normal reaction. However, it’s important not to scratch or pick at the treated skin – even as it begins to peel – as it could lead to scarring.
1 Week After Your IPL® Photofacial Appointment
Within a week of the procedure, you should see the healing of the treated area. You will possibly experience crusting, peeling, and scabbing. During this timeframe of recovery, it’s vital to utilize various skin care products suggested by Dr. Sandhu to help the healing process. Additionally, it’s necessary to protect the treated area, as it is vulnerable to sunlight and can be easily damaged. We advise patients to routinely apply sunscreen and moisturizer for protection and hydration. In addition to skin care products, you can speed up the healing process by applying ice to the treated area as needed.
1 Month After Your IPL® Photofacial Appointment
At this time, your treated skin will be mostly healed. The most important factor in seeing the results you desire is staying out of the sun. Apply sunscreen daily – even after the one month mark.
Once healing from IPL® Photofacial is complete, results can last for years. However, you will likely require more than one treatment to see the most optimal results. Contact us today for a free consultation and to start your IPL® Photofacial journey today.