I had an IPL treatment on Friday (Mar 7, 2008). I was under the impression it was a ‘no downtime’ procedure. However during the procedure, the doctor asked me if I had been taking Ibuprofen or asprin lately (had not). She told me some bruising was taking place and that it “was a good thing because this means it was addressing the redness”.
Well when she showed me the mirror I was purple across my forehead, my cheeks and nose. And not symmetric – the right cheek was much deeper purple than the left.
By Saturday, my eyes were almost swollen shut – not a big problem. But my face (light complected) has huge purple and deep red spots all over. Here it is late Sunday night and I wouldn’t be seen in public on a bet.
What happened? Were the settings too high? Did I get ‘burned’? I don’t have any pain but the bruising all over my face is horrifying. Please tell me this will go away – fast – and I will have no scarring?
I am not sure if this is right – if I should go to the doctor on Monday and complain that the ‘lunchtime makeover – go right back to work!’ is a ridiculous marketing message.
I am hoping that she went ‘aggressive’ so I would ‘get my money’s worth’. I can live with that. But I can’t live with the thought that she just wasn’t skilled with the machine.
I wrote a response to you 2 weeks ago but for some reason I guess it did not post to the website.
There are safe and unsafe settings depending on your skin type and issue being addressed. An inexperienced practitioner can certainly burn a patient. It is always safer to be more conservative or even do a ‘test patch’ with the first treatment until your doctor or aesthetician knows how your skin will react to the IPL power and filter settings.
Sometimes mere redness is all you see after a good treatment but other reactions can also be seen. I have not seen bruising from IPL but certain pigment changes can look like bruises.
It is important to see your doctor and follow up closely. I would like to hear back from you and know that you are OK.