Post # 1
I am scheduled to have an IPL treatment at my dermatologist’s skin care place. I was going to have a glycolic peel done but they talked me into getting the IPL done because it will be more beneficial for my skin and the results I want to see. Have any of you had it done and if so, what should I expect and what results did you see? Thanks!
Post # 5
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
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
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
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
@HayleyJane: Damage you can’t see?
Like….when I turned a black light on and looked at my skin I yelped?
Post # 10
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
@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
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 # 13
Update: I went and had the IPL treatment done a few weeks ago. Let me start off first by saying it was one of the most painful things I have ever done! They put a cream/gel on your face and then take this machine(it looks like the machine they give you when you go to register) and they zap every inch of your face. Every time they zapped me I jumped and it was painful and burned a little. I had my eyes closed and they gave me goggles to wear and I still saw a bright red light with a yellow streak going across it every time they zapped me. I would say on a pain level from 1-10, 10 being the worse it was between a 7 and 8.
As far as the results, I had many marks that darkened and after about a week they went away. They didn’t ‘fall’ off, however they just faded away. I was scheduled to go in and get a second one done and I cancelled it. Partly because of the cost ($250–which is on the cheap end), partly because of the pain. I decided to do a few microdermabrasion treatments instead. I like the first MD treatment I did yesterday and saw nice results. I think the IPL treatments are good, but I’d say they would take about 2 to 3 treatments to really see the results you want.
The main reason I want them is because I have post hyperpigmentation from picking at my face( I know, I know!) which is basically a red or darkened mark that can stay from weeks to months from picking at a pimple. I am using oral anitbotics and retin-a, so hopefully that in combination with leaving my face alone with help with the pimples and then a few microdermabrasion treatments will smooth everything out and give my skin a fresh glow. If you want any other questions answered feel free to PM me. Hope this helps!
Post # 14
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
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
@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?