Check it out! Eight days after my lunch date with an IPL laser, my skin looks wonderful, even without make-up. Its smooth, with a youthful type of radience and even rosy skin tone. Gone are the enlarged pores and it even seems firmer. I really love the results and they were worth the healing time. However IPL is not something that should be done right before a big event like a wedding or a highschool reunion. I would schedule it at least two weeks before a special day for a maximum glow. Although the recommendations are to resume normal skin care ( eg Retin A, chemical sunscreens) within three days, I had a few red spots so I waited a week. I just started back on my Retin A and had no problems. Same thing with my broad spectrum Aveeno sunscreen.
IPL is usually given in a series of 3-6 treatments, three weeks apart. I have been on Retin A for months and removed my larger freckles with a bad boy Yag laser. One treatment made a big difference, but if you have alot of freckles and areas of discoloration, you’re going to need the full series of treatments. This can run into real money, but it can produce great results with less drama than a deep peel or full face laser.
One final word of advice. The outcome of an IPL laser depends heavily on the skill and experience of your doctor. They have to know which wave length to choose for each problem and then how long to use it. My derm, Dr Marmur, is Chief of Dermatological Surgery at Mount Sinai and actually teaches other doctors how to do IPL and other anti-aging techniques. She is also a beautiful 40 year old women with four children who looks 27… in other words she not only talks the talk, she walks the walk. Ask friends for recommendations, check credentials and look in guidebooks like Top Doctors to find the most skilled physcians in your area.