BEFORE & AFTER INSTRUCTIONS
FOR IPL (INTENSE PULSED LIGHT)
• Tan skin cannot be treated. Avoid sun exposure and all types of tanning (suntan, tanning beds, spray tans, and topical self tanners) for a minimum of 4 weeks prior to treatment. Although 4 weeks is the minimum amount of time to wait after a tan, a tan can take longer to fade. Please allow your tan to completely fade before any laser treatment. Avoid sun exposure after your treatment and always use a sun block with SPF 30 or higher (note: even with sun block, the skin can get tan; any change to the pigment of the skin is considered a tan).
• Do not use the following products one week before and after your treatment: Retin-A, retinoids, or similar vitamin A compounds, harsh scrubs or exfoliating products, and bleaching creams, unless instructed otherwise by your provider.
• Do not pick or scratch the treated area to avoid causing adverse reaction. It is normal to see spots darken and sometimes appear like coffee grounds. Avoid picking, scratching or scrubbing the treated area until the spots begin to fall off on their own. This generally takes 5-7 days for the face and about a week longer for other parts of the body.
• If you have a lot of broken blood vessels or rosacea, it is normal to experience some mild to moderate swelling. To minimize this, sleep with an extra pillow or two at night and apply ice to the treatment area after your treatment.
• Avoid excess heat the day of treatment. An example of excess heat would be a sauna, hot tub, intense exercise, etc. It is fine to resume normal activities the day after your treatment as tolerated.
• For cleansing the skin, we recommend using a gentle cleanser, free of any micro-beads. Avoid exfoliating the skin until fully healed. Do not use a washing aid like a clarisonic or washcloth.
• Please let us know of all medications and supplements you are currently taking. Antibiotics can make you photo-sensitive; therefore, we will need to reschedule your appointment if you are currently taking them. It is safe to resume treatments one week after your last dose of your antibiotic.
• Please let us know if you have a history of cold sores in the treatment area, metal plates, rods or screws, or any history of gold therapy, lupus, or connective tissue disease.
• Please give us 24 hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment to avoid any late cancellation fees.
• You are not a candidate for these treatments if you are pregnant, breast feeding, on topical or oral antibiotics, or are tan.
• Do not shave the treated area until the skin is completely healed. For male patients, you may experience hair loss if you opt for a treatment where your beard exists.
• Intense Pulsed Light often takes multiple treatments to achieve optimal results. While one treatment may show improvement, a series of treatments often will yield the best results.