IPL Photofacial

Post Treatment Instruction for Photofacials or Skin Rejuvenation

Please observe the following after Photofacial or Skin Rejuvination treatment.

A mild sunburn-like sensation is expected.  This usually lasts 2-24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours.  Mild swelling and/or redness may accompany this, but it usually resolves in 2-3 days.

Apply ice or cold packs to the treatment area for 10-15 minutes every hour for the next four hours, as needed. An oral pain reliever, such as acetaminophen may be taken to reduce discomfort.  Use according to manufacturer’s instructions.

In some cases, prolonged redness or blistering may occur.  An antibiotic ointment may be applied to the affected areas twice a day until healed.  Do not pick or scratch the blister!

Bathe or shower as usual.  Treated areas may be temperature-sensitive.  Cool showers or baths will offer relief.  Avoid aggressive scrubbing and use of exfoliants, scrub brushes and loofa sponges until treatment area has returned to its pre-treated condition.

Until redness has completely resolved, avoid all of the following:

  • Swimming, especially in pools with chemicals, such as chlorine.
  • Hot tubs and spas.
  • Activities that cause excessive perspiration.
  • Sun exposure to treated areas.  Apply an SPF-30 or greater sunscreen to prevent development of new pigmented lesions.

Treated pigmented lesions may initially look raised and/or darker with a reddened perimeter.

The lesions will gradually turn darker over the next 24-48 hours.  It may turn dark brown or even black.

The lesion will progress to scabs/crusting and will start flaking off in 7-21 days.  Do not pick, scratch or remove scabs.

The lesion is usually healed in 21-30 days.  It will continue to fade over the next 6-8 weeks.

Remember to avoid unprotected sun exposure and tanning beds or creams during your treatment course.