IPL of Vascular Lesions | Pre/Post Treatment Care

Pre-Treatment Care (Vascular Lesions)

  • Do not wax, pluck, use depilatory creams or undertake electrolysis for 4 weeks prior to treatment, and in between treatments.
  • Do not use prescription strength exfoliant creams (Retin-A and Alpha Hydroxy) for 2 weeks prior to treatment.
  • Please shave the night before all subsequent treatments.
  • Avoid tanning, including self-tanning lotions, tanning bed/booths or sun exposure, for 4 weeks prior to and in between treatments. Sunscreen should be worn at all times.
  • Increased photosensitivity from IPL can occur when taking certain medications. If you are taking the following medications, you must advise your clinician:
  • Antibiotics - doxycycline (acne), minocycline, Tetracyclines, Sulphonamides
  • Antihistamines - Diphenhydramone, Cyproheptadine
  • Antidepressants
  • HerbalĀ supplements (St. John's Wort, Ginkgo Biloba, Citrus Oils, Herbal HRT therapies. (Taking these medications does not exclude you from IPL treatments: however, extra precautions are applicable in these cases.)

Post-Treatment Care (Vascular Lesions)

    • Mild sunburn-like sensation is expected. If usually lasts 2 to 24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours. Mild swelling and/or redness may accompany this, which usually resolves in 2 to 3 days. This can be treated with cold packs.
    • Apply cool/ice compress to treatment are as for 10 to 15 minutes every hour for the next 4 hours, as needed, to reduce discomfort and heat sensation.
    • The vessels undergo immediate greying or blanching. In some cases, only a slight purplish change is noted. Vessels either fully or partially resolve in about 10 10 14 days and areas of diffuse flushing gradually fade leaving skin with normal appearance