What to Expect During and After IPL Treatment

IPL or intense pulsed light treatment is a popular choice for individuals in addressing age spots, sun damage, uneven skin tone and a variety of other skin concerns. It is a non-invasive treatment method that is effective in achieving radiant skin.

You can visit the Neutral Bay Laser Clinic to have this treatment done but before you start booking an appointment, it is important to understand how this works and the benefits that comes with it. Broad spectrum light energy is used in IPL treatment so that specific structures in your skin can be targeted whether it is haemoglobin or melanin. The unwanted cells will be heated and destroyed by the targeted energy and this will help prompt your body’s natural healing process to kick up and rejuvenate the skin. There has to be a consultation with a skincare professional before you undergo IPL treatment. Here, you can discuss what your concerns are and they can assess your skin type to see whether IPL is the right solution for you. The skincare professional will explain the procedure and discuss the outcomes that are expected from it. They will also address any questions you have about the procedure.

On the day of the procedure,

Your skin will be cleansed thoroughly and it will be prepared for the treatment. There will be a topical numbing cream applied depending on which areas are to be treated and your skin type. This can help minimise any discomfort you may experience during the procedure. You need to have protective eyewear for the procedure as intense light energy is used for this. This will shield your eyes. There will be a cooling gel applied to the treatment area so that the effectiveness of the IPL device can be enhanced. This will protect your skin from excess heat. Once the skin prepping is completed, the IPL device will be pressed gently against the treatment area and it will emit pulses of light energy. You will feel a slight warming sensation but this treatment is considered tolerable by most patients. The skincare professional will move the IPL device across the treatment area methodically so that all the targeted areas can receive adequate exposure. The duration for the treatment will depend on the size of the areas being treated and their number. Generally, it can take half an hour depending on your concerns.

There will be some mild redness

And swelling in the areas treated following the IPL treatment session. This is a normal reaction and it will subside in a few hours or few days. In some situations, the areas of hyperpigmentation may appear darker after treatment but this is not a cause for concern as it is a sign that the treatment is working. These spots will flake off gradually and fade away in a few weeks. It is important to avoid direct sun exposure and to wear sunscreen with high SPF in the days following the procedure as the risk of complications can increase with sun exposure.