What are the risks associated with IPL?
One of the reasons IPL therapy is so popular is because it carries very few risks. You should discuss the risks and potential complications with your aesthetic plastic surgeon during your consultation.
Risks specific to photorejuvenation are:
- Most patients will experience slight burning after the procedure, and some will experience light scabbing, blistering, or crusting. These issues are normal and will typically subside within a few days. If they persist, contact your surgeon.
- Very rarely, patients will experience bruising, slight bleeding, or scarring, but these issues typically only arise if treatments are spaced too closely together, or after excessive use of IPL technology by a less experienced practitioner.
- Individuals who are living with the herpes simplex virus may find that IPL treatments can induce an outbreak. Antiviral medication used to treat this condition can help reduce the chances of outbreaks prompted by photorejuvenation.
You can help minimize photorejuvenation risks by following your board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon’s advice and instructions before and after your treatment.