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IPL Photofacial Downtime: What to Expect and How to Prepare – September 2023

Updated: September 26, 2022

IPL Photofacial Downtime: What to Expect and How to Prepare

After getting an IPL photofacial, you may experience some downtime. This is normal and to be expected! Here’s what you need to know about IPL photofacial downtime and how to prepare for it.

What is IPL Photofacial Downtime?

IPL photofacial downtime is the period of time following your treatment during which your skin may be red, sensitive, and/or swollen. This usually lasts for 24-48 hours, though in some cases it may last up to a week. During this time, it is important to avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen when outdoors.

How to Prepare for IPL Photofacial Downtime

There are a few things you can do to prepare for your IPL photofacial downtime. First, plan ahead and schedule your treatment for a time when you can take a few days off from work or other commitments. This will give your skin time to heal without having to worry about hiding any redness or swelling.

Second, stock up on supplies like sunscreen, aloe vera gel, and clean towels. You’ll want to have everything you need on hand so that you can take care of your skin immediately after the treatment.

Finally, make sure to speak with your esthetician or skincare provider about any concerns you may have. They can help you create a personalized skincare plan that will help minimize any discomfort during your recovery period.


IPL photofacials are a great way to improve the overall appearance of your skin. However, like with any treatment, there is some downtime involved. By being prepared and knowing what to expect, you can minimize any discomfort andensure that your skin heals properly. Interested in learning more about this treatment? Speak with one of our estheticians today to learn more about IPL photofacials and how they can benefit you!

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Lauren Siso, Esthetician

Lauren has been medical aesthetician and laser practitioner for over 10 years and is passionate about helping her clients achieve their best skin possible. Lauren truly believes that everyone deserves to feel confident in their own skin and is dedicated to helping her clients achieve that goal!

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Lauren Siso, Medical Aesthetician at ELLEMES Medical Spa