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    Energy Devices 101: Intense pulsed light (IPL)

     

    Dr. Jegasothy recommends physicians start treating patients with the IPL on a low setting — the lowest 20% or 30% that the device allows.

    “Do a test area on an inconspicuous part of the skin... Then, see what the result look like a week later and a month later, if you can, so you know you’re not going to burn the patient,” Dr. Jegasothy advises.

    Some believe that using a hydroquinone-based bleaching cream prior to IPL treatment is ideal, as it decreases production of melanin and reduces the chance for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, according to Dr. Kormeili.

    “The skin should never be tanned in the two weeks before or after the treatment. It must be used with outmost caution in ethnic skin,” Dr. Kormeili says.

    Next: Choosing an IPL Device

    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...

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