Does IPL Therapy Have Side Effects?

If you’re considering IPL laser treatments, you’ve probably got a few questions on your mind and one of them is probably related to potential side effects.

Like all cosmetic procedures, IPL laser treatments do pose the risk of side effects, but before we discuss them, it’s helpful for you to understand how IPL laser treatments work.

What is IPL laser treatment?

First off, IPL laser treatments aren’t actually “laser” treatments. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. Treatment is non-invasive and works by emitting short bursts of light (a spectrum of colors from different wavelengths) to the skin. This enables selective light-absorption, making it possible to target a variety of unwanted skin imperfections.

IPL is commonly used to:

  • Lighten sun spots, age spots and signs of discoloration on the face, neck, chest or hands
  • Reduce facial redness related to rosacea, dilated or broken blood vessels
  • Minimize fine lines and wrinkles and improve pore size through collagen stimulation

What are the most common side effects?

Some of the most common IPL side effects include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Minor Bruising
  • Itchiness
  • Peeling
  • Scabbing

While virtually all cosmetic procedures carry inherent risks, it’s possible to greatly improve your odds of a successful outcome and avoid IPL side effects by:

  • Seeking out an expert to administer all of your IPL treatments
  • Carefully follow all pre and post-treatment instructions and guidelines

Before seeking out treatment, it’s also important to make sure you’re a good candidate. Generally speaking, the best candidates are healthy and possess realistic expectations.

If you are currently pregnant, taking certain skin medications like Accutane or Isotretinoin, or have an active skin infection – you probably won’t quality for IPL treatments at this time.

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