A Step by Step guide to IPL

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy has become a popular choice for individuals seeking to address various skin concerns, such as hyperpigmentation, redness, and signs of ageing. If you’re considering IPL treatment, it’s essential to know what to expect during the process and how to care for your skin afterwards. Let’s explore the IPL journey, from pre-treatment to aftercare, and prepare you for a smoother experience.

Pre-Treatment Consultation:

Your IPL journey begins with a consultation at Luxe Appearance, where our expert registered nurses will assess your skin and discuss your concerns. This initial assessment allows us to determine whether IPL is the right treatment for you and to tailor the procedure to your unique needs. We’ll also discuss any potential risks, the expected number of sessions, and the estimated cost.

Preparing for Your IPL Treatment:

In the weeks leading up to your treatment, it’s crucial to avoid sun exposure and tanning beds, as this can increase the risk of complications. You should also stop using any skincare products containing retinoids, as these can make your skin more sensitive. Our registered nurses will provide you with detailed pre-treatment instructions to ensure the best possible outcome.

During the IPL Treatment:

On the day of your treatment, you’ll be guided into a comfortable treatment room at Luxe Appearance. Your skin will be cleansed, and a cooling gel will be applied to the treatment area. Our registered nurses will then use the IPL device to emit short bursts of high-intensity light energy into your skin. You may feel a slight stinging sensation, often compared to the snap of a rubber band. The entire process usually takes 30-60 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. IPL treatments are generally well-tolerated and require minimal downtime

Post-Treatment Experience:

After your IPL treatment, you may notice some redness and sensitivity, similar to a mild sunburn. These side effects are typically short-lived and should subside within a few hours to a couple of days. It’s normal for treated pigmentation or redness to appear darker initially, but this will gradually fade over the following weeks as your skin renews itself.

IPL Aftercare:

Proper aftercare is crucial for optimal results and to reduce the risk of complications. Here are a few key steps to follow:

  • Apply a gentle, fragrance-free moisturiser to soothe and hydrate your skin.
  • Avoid sun exposure and wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen daily to protect your skin from further damage.
  • Refrain from using harsh skincare products or exfoliants for at least one week post-treatment.
  • Avoid excessive heat, such as saunas and hot showers, for 24-48 hours.
  • Follow any additional aftercare instructions provided by our registered nurses at Luxe Appearance.
Achieving Desired Results:

While some individuals may notice improvements after a single IPL session, most require a series of treatments for optimal results. The number of sessions needed will depend on the specific skin concern being addressed and your skin type. Our registered nurses will discuss this with you during your initial consultation.

The IPL process is a non-invasive and effective way to address various skin concerns, with minimal downtime and discomfort. By understanding what to expect during the treatment and following the aftercare instructions provided by Luxe Appearance, you can achieve a brighter, more even complexion with confidence. If you’re ready to embark on your IPL journey, our team of professionals is here to support you every step of the way.


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