IPL Laser Hair Removal Aftercare

IPL Laser Hair Removal Aftercare

Intense Pulsed Light is a safe and effective non-invasive light therapy to treat skin redness, rosacea and pigmentation. It is effective in repairing sun damage, diminishing the appearance of freckles and acne scars, and collapsing broken capillaries.

Through treatment with intense pulsed light, it is possible to guarantee rejuvenation and improve the quality of the skin. This type of non-invasive process allows the emission of a greater specific wavelength (energy), with pulsed light through this action it is possible to guarantee a greater range and spectrum of the length after the wave of each pulse.

Through this procedure it is possible to treat a series of imperfections in the skin, in view of this, intense pulsed light is only indicated for some cases. However, some precautions after intense pulsed light are important.

How does the IPL (intense pulsed light) work?

The Intense Pulsed Light works by shining light into the skin, heating superficial blood vessels and/or pigmentation. The light damages the pigment cells which are then shed with the skin’s natural cell turnover. Capillary walls are also damaged by the IPL, causing them to collapse, effectively spreading redness and discoloration.

Intense Pulsed Light is used to treat any area of the body where there is pigmentation and redness. Popular areas include the face, neck, décolleté, arms and hands.

For cases in which skin alterations occur due to chronic exposure to the sun, that is, in places where there is great pigmentation of the face, in addition to the neck and arms.

Patients who suffer from brown spots, bring individual pigmented lesions, which are called senile spots or solar melanosis.

Rosacea, for accentuated blood flow in the cheeks and face.

Telangiectasias for the dilated vessels.

Reddish streaks.

Skin preparation for laser hair removal IPL

For the procedure, you must previously use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, which is why it is essential before and after.

Avoid anti-inflammatory medications or supplements like ibuprofen, aspirin and fish oil to minimize the risk of bruising.

Men must have a well-trimmed beard before treatment.

In some cases, patients may have to use bleaching cream before the procedure, however, this varies according to medical evaluation. The application site must also not be tanned for 30 days before the procedure and it is also necessary to take a break from the sessions.


  • Active infections.
  • Patients using isotretinoin (Roaccutane) for acne treatment or used in the last six months
  • They have photosensitive diseases.
  • History of previous or current skin cancer.
  • Presence of tattoos in the treatment area.

Procedure: What is intense pulsed light like?

Before the patient has his skin cleaned to remove all makeup or sunscreen residue. Afterwards, protective glasses are used, where the doctor will move the tip of the device over the skin to be treated.

The device emits rapid pulses on the skin through a thin layer of gel, depending on the model. During the procedure, it is common for the patient to feel some burning sensation on the skin, but afterwards it may gradually decrease, in addition, the treatment time may vary.

The aftercare is

-The patient should make cold compresses and also use the indicated creams so that it is possible to minimize the symptoms.

-Most patients can return to activities after treatment.

-The reddening of the skin and swelling can last for hours to 2-3 days and the darkening of pigmented lesions can last for 7-8 days.

-Usually for the procedure it is necessary to do one to four sessions of pulsed light.


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