I meant to post this back in June, but with vacation and the summer laziness, I’ve put off writing up this post. 😛 I’ve now gone through the full series of IPL treatments – I can provide my overall thoughts of my experience with Photorejuvenation / IPL.
I purchased a package of 5 sessions for facial IPL, which I began in January. I had one session per month and my final session was in May before I went to Japan.
My first post on this subject discussed my initial impression on the procedure and how my skin reacted to the IPL. I noticed subtle, but encouraging results. Then I posted an update on my third session, which was quite traumatic, to say the least! But, after the skin reaction subsided, my skin looked great, and the results were the most dramatic of all the sessions I had.
The last 2 sessions were quite… unremarkable, if I do say so. I guess the good thing is that I did not have another negative reaction to the treatment. Some slight redness afterward but no bumps or rash like the previous session. But after sessions 4 and 5, I also did not see significant reduction on the pigmentation of my freckles, which was the primary reason why I pursued IPL treatments. I would say there are diminishing returns – the initial treatments I saw more noticeable results but toward the end, they were less significant.
Overall, I experienced the following:
• Noticeable reduction in freckles and hyperpigmentation, some darker spots flaked off – my goal was a visible reduction, not an eradication of my freckles, and I definitely achieved that.
• Temporary decrease in oiliness in my t-zone
• Slight reduction of fine lines – I noted this especially around my laugh lines and forehead lines
• Slight (slight!) reduction in pore size – I don’t have large pores, but on my nose I feel that my pores look less prominent
• No noticeable reduction in redness – I don’t have rosacea but I do get redness on my cheeks and around my nose
Bottom line: I am content with the results of IPL, and likely would do more in the future. I achieved much better results with IPL than compared to topical skincare treatments. A question that people often ask is: will the freckles and hyperpigmentation return? No, not the ones that were reduced or eliminated during the IPL sessions. However, if you’re prone to freckles or hyperpigmentation, it’s very likely that you will develop new spots. Here are some tips if you’re thinking of getting Photorejuvenation / IPL treatments:
• Obviously, do your research on the salon. As much as it is not a “real” surgical procedure, it is still a laser being used on your skin.
• Try to time your sessions during the winter months when you’re not out in the sun as much. And after IPL, SPF is a must. (Actually, SPF is a must all the time!)
• Time it so that your skin isn’t tanned and don’t use self tanner beforehand – the laser works best on pigmentation that is darker than the surrounding skin.
• Be extra gentle on your skin afterward, don’t use AHA or physical exfoliants that will irritate the skin further.
• And, if something doesn’t feel right during the session (pain, sensitivity), speak up! (a lesson learned in my third session!)
Are you thinking of getting Photorejuvenation / IPL?