IPL For Dry Eye
IPL for dry eye, or Intense Pulsed Light, was originally developed as a skin rejuvenation treatment to fight the signs of aging. It was discovered that rosacea patients who were treated with the IPL were seeing an improvement to their dry eye symptoms. This treatment takes under ten )10) minutes and can be performed in office with minimal downtime and great results.
Before The Treatment
Following these pre-treatment instructions closely will optimize your treatment results with IPL for dry eye.
- Topical products containing glycolic acid, Doxycycline, Retin A, exfoliators or bleaching agents should be discontinued 2-3 days prior to each treatment.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure. You may not be able to be treated if you have a tan. Wear a sunblock with an SPF 30 or higher. Ideally, use a good quality sunblock containing zinc or titanium dioxide.
- If you have a history of hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) with laser treatments or other trauma, please let us know so we may prescribe a lightening agent prior to the procedure to reduce this reaction.
- Do not use self-tanning agents for at least two weeks prior to treatment. If you have used these products thoroughly cleanse the area with an abrasive/exfoliating scrub to remove all product two weeks prior to treating.
- Do not wear any makeup, perfume or lotions in your treatment area the day of your treatment.
- Shave the area to be treated one day prior to your appointment (if applicable)
The Day of the treatment:
Prior to treatment your face will be cleansed of any makeup, sunscreen or skin care product with a makeup wipe and again with alcohol to remove excess oils. Shields will be placed over the eyes to protect them from the intense light and ultrasound gel will be applied to the skin being treated to help keep it cool. The doctor will then use the hand piece to apply pulses of light to the treatment area for even coverage. The gel will then be removed and a sunscreen and aloe applied to the area.
- Immediately after the IPL treatment there may be redness and bumps at the treatment site which can last up to a few days. You may experience mild swelling and/or redness which can last for 1-3 days. Cool compresses, aloe vera gel or 1% hydrocortisone will reduce discomfort.
- Brown spots on your skin may turn darker; they will flake off in 1-2 weeks.
- A gentle cleanser should be used for the next 3-5 days. (i.e. Cetaphil) Apply a moisturizer to the area daily as needed.
- Makeup may be applied (use moisturizer under this) as long as the skin is not broken. Makeup will also serve as an additional barrier to the sun.
- Topical products containing Retin A, glycolic acid etc., may be resumed 1-3 days after treatment, as long as there is no redness or irritation present.
- Avoid sun exposure to the treated area for 4-6 weeks. Sunscreen must be used daily while undergoing treatments.
- Do not tweeze, wax or use a depilatory in the treated area during the course of treatment. You may shave if necessary.
- If you develop a blister or a scab, wash gently, keep moisturized, avoid sun exposure, and call our offices for assistance. We are here to help you.
- Do not pick scabs as this may lead to scarring.
- Avoid vigorous exercise for 2-3 days. Rosacea patients should avoid triggers like alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods.
- Avoid hot showers, saunas, hot tubs and skin treatments until skin is back to normal.
- Please inform the technician or nurse of any new diagnoses or changes in your medications prior to each treatment.
Wearing sunglasses outside is also recommended.
We do recommend 4 treatments spaced one month apart with a maintenance treatment every six months.