What to Expect after Treatment
After treatment you can expect your brown spots to look darker (sort of charred) for 7-14 days before you see improvement, as well as some redness and swelling that ranges from minimal to more significant depending on your skin. Rosacea patients, obviously are going to typically be more red and puffy after an IPL treatment than a patient without rosacea or sensitive skin that tends to flush easily otherwise. Redness and swelling is usually transient, but in the more heat-sensitive patient can last 1-3 days, but is still usually fairly mild.
The number of treatments needed depends on the severity of your condition. Of course chronic conditions, such as rosacea and melasma, will need maintenance treatment through time. There are of course other treatments for the above conditions and that can be addressed at an in-depth medical dermatology visit with one of our practitioners before proceeding. We want for you to understand all your options.
A little simple science, if we may
The difference between laser and IPL, simply put, is that IPL uses a range of light compared with any particular laser each with its own unique single wavelength of light. However both IPL and lasers work based on the same premise of photothermolysis. There is a target in the skin that we are trying to treat. That target is matched to the wavelength or wavelengths (a range) of light that best coincides with the target’s maximum absorption point(s) within its absorption spectrum in order to destroy the target to create the desired result.