Is there any way to reduce the swelling after an IPL laser treatment?

Hi I just had a treatment for brown spots using IPL laser and had very severe swelling any tips to reduce the swelling, thanks.

Here are some things to try for swelling after an IPL treatmemt:


  • Ice, ice and more ice right after the treatment.  They should give you several ice/cold packs so you can sit for 20-30 minutes, even if it’s just in the waiting room, with the ice on your face.
  • Try taking an antihistamine like the non prescription Claritin (ask your doctor if it’s safe for you), for 2-3 days prior to the treatment.
  • Ask your dermatologist if you can take anti-inflammatories right afterwards.  Some doctors don’t like you to use them right after the treatment.
  • Keep your salt intake low, drink lots of water and sleep with your head a little higher the first few nights afterwards.


 Good luck!  Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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