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Everything You Need to Know Before Your IPL Photofacial Appointment

Ready for a radiant, more even complexion? Not so fast. Before you show up for your appointment, you’ll need to make sure you’ve read and understand everything on this list. Otherwise, there’s a chance we won’t be able to treat you, and no one wants that.

Things To Avoid

TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT...

Avoid incidental or direct sun, tanning beds, spray-tans and self-tanners. If you are out and about, apply sunblock (with at least SPF 50!) and use barrier protection such as wide-brimmed hats, large sunglasses and protective clothing. If you have recent sun exposure, please call us to reschedule your appointment.

THREE DAYS BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT...

Stop using any topical prescription products on areas being treated with the laser.

THE DAY OF YOUR TREATMENT...

Makeup, lotion, sunscreen and literally everything else you might put on your skin must be removed from the area being treated before your appointment. If you forget this one, we’ll have wipes on hand.

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EARLY IS THE NEW ON-TIME

Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time to ensure we can treat you. If you’re more than 5 minutes late, we may have to reschedule.

A Few More Things We Need to Know

Any changes to your medical history

New diagnosis? New pregnancy? New medications? We need to know. Please tell us, as some medical conditions and medications are not compatible with IPL photofacial treatments. It may be necessary to reschedule your appointment, as your health and safety are always our top priority!

If you get cold sores

If you have a history of HSV-1 and are treating your face, we recommend you take an antiviral medication starting 24-48 hours before your treatment to prevent an outbreak, and continuing for three to five days after. Contact your primary care provider!

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