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.