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How Do I Prepare For A Photofacial?

By June 27, 2023 No Comments

A photofacial is a term for IPL treatment that can help target pigmentation and discoloration. Following the procedure, patients need to use caution in the sun and avoid it whenever possible. However, sometimes a master esthetician may recommend that patients perform some preparation before treatment. Here are some of the answers to the question, “How do I prepare for a photofacial?”

#1: Temporarily Stop Using Retinoids

Retinoids are some of the most potent and effective skincare products on the market. However, using retinoids before a treatment like a photofacial can lead to irritation and skin damage. Patients may stop anywhere between a few days before treatment to a few weeks. A Seattle Plastic Surgery master esthetician can provide this recommendation.

#2: Come Makeup Free

On the day of the appointment, skip makeup application. Certain skincare products may be okay, but always run them by the provider. If a patient wears makeup, the master esthetician will remove it. Makeup can hinder the procedure and affect the final results.

#3: Avoid Tanning

Because an IPL photofacial targets pigment in the skin, tanning can put a patient at risk of burns or ineffective treatment. Patients should not tan prior to treatment. This also includes any tanning products because they can also affect the procedure.

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