You will be asked to make certain preparations before your photofacial. In the weeks preceding your IPL treatment, avoid tanning (including tanning lotions or creams) and sun exposure. Discontinue the use of certain topical skincare products and medications, including tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen for a week prior to your appointment.
When you arrive at Body Symmetry MD, your aesthetician will cleanse your skin, provide you with protective eyewear and adjust the settings of the IPL device according to your needs. They will then apply a cooling gel to your skin and begin using the smooth handpiece to administer the pulses of light. Though you will feel a slight sting from the pulses, discomfort is minimal.
To finish the treatment, your aesthetician will clean your skin again to remove the gel. It’s common to experience temporary redness and swelling, but there is no required downtime after an IPL session. Most people can resume normal activity immediately after treatment, with only a few limitations. For best results, avoid intense exercise, do not touch or pick at the treated area, and protect your skin from the sun. You can resume using makeup and your usual skincare products directly after treatment.