(Closed) Anyone had an IPL treatment?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 5
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518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m having it done in a few weeks. I’ve got redness and enlarged pores from past acne that I’m trying to clear up. Let me know how yours goes!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’ve had IPL several times and it was awesome. You see results right away and minimum of swelling. It got rid of any sun spots, broken capillaries, etc. You remimd me that I am WAY overdue:) worth every penny!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I so wish I had the money for this because I need it! I would be very grateful if you came back and shared your results! Mayyybe even…photos!?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve gotten it done on this one sun spot on my face. It’s pretty deep apparently, though, so it hasn’t gone away yet. But at least for that sort of discoloration, I can tell you that it kinda looks like a pepper flake for a few days, then sloughs off. I’d like to get my whole face done soon for my pores and the damage I can’t yet see.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

@HayleyJane: Damage you can’t see?

Like….when I turned a black light on and looked at my skin I yelped? 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My Mom had it done.  I didn’t know she’d had the procedure and she came to visit me and I was looking at her thinking “Geez her skin looks GREAT, way better than the last time I saw her” and she told me later on that she’d started IPL.  My derm told me that not everyone has great results, though.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Tunacupcakes: Yep! Exactly. I’ve seen mine while looking at my s.a.d. light (it has only blue light) and it is terrifying.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I had it done on a sun spot last year and it was awesome. But, the spot came back after a few months since I only had it done once.

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@MacFaniam24:

I totally agree and understand what you are saying as I have been through that and done that – hard to get an appt otherwise gotta wait for many many weeks for one, always different person and have no idea about your progess and condition at all and left my skin red and swollen for a few days after the ipl treatment session

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I used to work in the marketing department for one of the IPL chains. I think the best candidates to get this done are people who want to get rid of broken capillaries and/or freckles and age spots. when it comes to wrinkles and pores, I’ve heard there were mixed results. 

I plan to have it done one day, maybe when I turn 40.  

one thing I can say: go to a very reliable place to get this done! it’s been about 7 years since I worked for this place, so I’m not sure if this is true anymore, but back then, any person could get the certification to do this, even people working at salons. I’d say, DONT go to one of those! only go to one where the operator has some kind of medical degree, like dermatology or nursing. (this goes for any laser treatment too, like laser hair removal.)

if you go to a cheap place not run by medical professionals, you risk getting badly burned — and sometimes the scars from it are permanent. look it up, it’s gross. if you’re worried, ask a dermatologist to make a recommendation.  

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@janie-janie: I will second that. Lasers can seriously burn and PERMANENTLY scar your skin, so go to a registered dermatologist.

I have had IPL — It seriously lightened dark spots/freckles that I had tried everything to remove. I can’t even imagine what I spent on creams, lotions, gels etc trying to get rid of them! They got really dark after the treatment and then sloughed off a week later. I could tell, but no one else could. I’m getting my second treatment soon, as it can take 2 – 3 treatments to really remove them. (mine are probably 70% lighter than they were).

As for the pain, I was fine with it. I’ve had laser hair removal though. It is a little jarring to “see” the light flash near your face, but I also used numbing cream and had goggles too. So it may depend on your pain tolerance. I’ve read here on WB that blondes and redheads are much more sensitive to pain, I wonder if that was the problem for OP?

 

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