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IPL Pre Treatment Instructions

  • Topical retinoid therapy should be discontinued 48 hours prior to treatment

  • Avoid any prolonged exposure to the sun, if you must be in the sun use a zinc oxide sunscreen of at least SPF 30.  We recommend at least 3 weeks out of the sun prior to your treatment.

  • Avoid taking anticoagulants (aspirin, mobic, ibuprofen, naproxen) for one week if medical condition allows.

  • Arrive to your appointment with clean skin.

For MEN:

Please arrive clean shaven (shave the same day!) to your appointment. No stubble or 5:00 shadow in any areas we will be treating.


What to Expect

  • Immediately after your treatment most patients will experience a clinical endpoint of erythema (redness) for 1-3 days, however for more aggressive treatments this may last longer.

  • Slight to moderate edema (swelling) and mild to moderate sunburn sensation are also common post treatment and may last 1-3 days. Skin may crust and peel for 2-7 days depending on the treatment setting.

  • Skin may feel warm and tighter than usual

  • Redness and swelling may last for 3-4 days

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