Burns from IPL: Treatment for Intensed Pulsed Light Burns

Intensed Pulsed Light Burns

IPL or intense pulsed light is a type of laser treatment procedure that uses focused broad spectrum light to treat various conditions, mainly for esthetic purposes. It is best known for its applications in laser hair removal but could also be used for skin resurfacing, photo rejuvenation, and to correct various irregularities on the skin.

  • IPL employs lasers that create intense pulses of light; thus, burns are among the most common complications or risks associated with this type of treatment.
  • Burns from IPL laser procedure can be observed even on the instant that the laser pulses touch the skin.
    Sometimes, though, the burns will manifest after the treatment has ended.
  • The pain from these burns could last hours or days, depending on the size of the affected area as well as the depth of the burns.
  • The burnt skin could become reddish then turn brown to grey. These could be unsightly and the patient would, most likely, want to get rid of them as soon as possible.

Burns from IPL Treatment

  • The good news is that burns from this treatment could be temporary fading away weeks or months after the procedure was done. The problem is that there could be several IPL treatment sessions before the desired results are achieved.
    This means that the skin is subjected to more laser light and could suffer more burns or the burnt skin will not have chance to recuperate.
  • Sometimes, the burns are not directly caused by the treatment but due to sun exposure. The treated skin is actually very sensitive to the sun, especially right after treatment. To prevent this, apply lots of sun block unto the treated area.

Burns from IPL Laser

  • When the burns from this procedure become permanent, the only recourse is to undergo additional treatments for skin resurfacing.
  • The burns could occur and is difficult to avoid. Still, following pre-treatment and post-treatment care will help ensure that the burns are minimized.