Post and Pre-Treatment Care
A series of 3-5 treatments is required for optimal results. Treatments are 3-4 weeks apart, and to maintain results, follow up treatments are given once a year. Prior to treatment, patients should stop using retinoids 2 days prior. Patients should also not have suntan or artificial color on their skin. Skin should be as close to its natural color as possible. Self-tanning has to be discontinued two weeks prior to each treatment.
Unlike dermabrasion and laser resurfacing, IPL does not damage the skin’s surface. There is virtually no downtime because of that. After treatment however, patients should avoid retinoids, glycolics, exfoliators, or any other irritant. Moisturizer and sunscreen should be applied during this time.