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Dr. Hessler performs IPL photofacial treatments in her Palo Alto plastic surgery office. The procedure takes about 30 minutes. There is some mild discomfort during the treatment, followed by a hot feeling in the treated area.
After the treatment, you may feel hot in the treated area. This subsides within the following few hours. Occasionally there can be some mild redness of the treated areas awhile after, although this is not always the case. Some of the smaller freckles will turn darker and look like a coffee ground sitting on the skin, and these usually flake off within a week and leave clear skin behind. Occasionally the skin can remain red for a longer period of time.
The most important action you can take following your IPL treatment is to avoid the sun. You can go outside, but it’s important to wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or greater at all times, along with physical blocks such as hats.