What Not to Do After an IPL Photorejuvenation Treatment

Once signs of skin damage begin appearing, women and men want effective options to improve their appearance. IPL photorejuvenation treatments are a safe and straightforward way to revitalize your skin and remove a wide range of flaws. Intense pulsed light photorejuvenation treatments are efficient skin therapies for patients who need help eliminating visible signs of age spots, sun damage, blotchy skin, and more. IPL treatments produce an energy pulse that penetrates deep into the dermis, boosting collagen to create a natural skin regeneration process.

Scars, discoloration, and uneven skin tone can detract from skin beauty. So why not resolve these common skin issues with IPL? This versatile cosmetic treatment addresses several skin issues simultaneously. If you live in British Columbia, schedule a skin assessment with Dr. Shadan Kabiri in Vancouver. She will listen to your concerns and explain how the IPL treatment works. She will also instruct you on what not to do after your IPL treatment.

What to Expect After an IPL Treatment

With age, cumulative lifestyle choices will result in visible damage, discoloration, and a dull appearance. An IPL photorejuvenation is a skin treatment for reducing these flaws and restoring a lovely, radiant complexion. It is a quick and convenient cosmetic therapy with minimal recovery and no downtime. While some women and men experience skin improvements soon after treatment, most changes hit their crescendo after two to four weeks.

After IPL photorejuvenation, you may experience:

  • Slight bruising, which will take one to two weeks to dissipate
  • Age spots and freckles may look darker for the first three to seven days
  • Skin becoming flaky or crusty, which may last seven to ten days

Depending on the severity of your skin issues, you may need a series of treatments to achieve your desired cosmetic goals. Dr. Kabiri may recommend microdermabrasion two to three weeks following your last IPL session to remove dead skin cells and help expose a renewed skin presence.

IPL Photorejuvenation Aftercare

Though downtime is not necessary after this non-invasive laser treatment, patients should avoid a few things for optimal healing.

Stay Out of the Sun

Avoid direct sunlight and wear SPF 30+ sunscreen daily. Your treated skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure after an IPL photorejuvenation session. Exposure could result in extreme sunburn. Dr. Kabiri also recommends covering up with clothing or large-brimmed hats for at least a week after each treatment.

Leave Blisters Alone

Do not pick, scratch, or rub blisters or crusting that may form after treatment. Instead, allow them to heal, and they will flake off in due course.

Hold Off on Exercising

Avoid vigorous exercising for at least two days, including household chores that involve heavy lifting or elevate your heart rate.

Avoid Hot Showers and Baths

For at least 48 hours, refrain from taking hot baths, showers, or sitting in a sauna or hot tub. Overheating the skin can upset the results.

Don’t Exfoliate Skin

For the first week after your IPL photorejuvenation session, refrain from using exfoliation products to allow your skin to recover.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Use gentle cleansers with warm water at least twice daily during the recovery process. Patients should also avoid skin care products that contain glycolic acids, retinol, or benzoyl peroxide.

Dr. Kabiri offers IPL treatments to restore your skin’s beauty. The therapy is a quick and convenient process that improves skin tone and reduces unwanted skin flaws. For vibrant, younger-looking skin, contact Dr. Kabiri for a skin assessment.  

If you have questions about IPL photorejuvenation, feel free to call Dr. Kabiri at (604) 925-1301.