About two weeks ago, I visited Dr. Klein at Modern Dermatology for my first IPL treatment. IPL stands for intense pulsed light, but you may be familiar with the term “photofacial”. I am so lucky to be working with Dr. Klein as I prepare my skin for our wedding in July. Many of you have been asking if I am noticing results right away, and that is a tricky question. Most treatment plans require multiple sessions. I have noticed a decrease in redness the last few days, and my skin feels much softer. I have seen firsthand results from friends after a few treatments, which is why I’m so excited to see where my skin is later this spring.
Often, multiple devices are used during your sessions and Dr. Klein customizes the treatment plan based on your skin needs. For example, I have a lot of red in my face. Dr. Klein will customize my sessions to help combat the redness. Depending on what you’re treating you may look worse before you look better. Any brown pigment picked up by the IPL machine will become temporarily darker, making it look worse and more obvious. Within a few days the dark pigment will begin to flake off, leaving behind either lighter brown pigment than previously or hopefully no pigment at all. I’m about 10 days out from my first treatment, and I’ve had several people comment on how good my skin looks. (Score!) I’m also already noticing less redness after workouts or getting out of the shower.
Stay tuned, as I go in for my next session at the end of April. Feel free to comment below or email me any questions. I will be sitting down with Dr. Klein to answer all your wonderings about IPL and laser treatment in general!