My First IPL Therapy Session {Before & After Photo’s}

About two weeks ago I visited the Pulse Dermatology & Laser Clinic in Kenridge… and in a way, it changed my life. I have always had one really big insecurity, something that has affected me more than cellulite or stretch marks ever could. I know it sounds like I am being a drama queen, and maybe it is not something that is extremely noticeable to other people, but to me – it is the first thing I see when I look in the mirror…. every, single day.

See those red veins and blotches around the bottom of my nose and on my cheek? They are the reason I refuse to leave the house without foundation or concealer. My large pores is another issue, but that is a battle for another day. I never knew that there was something I could do about them until I read about IPL laser therapy. I had a consult with Amy Bowie, the insanely gorgeous owner of Pulse Dermatology and Laser, and we decided to go ahead with the therapy. What I really appreciate is that I truly feel like Amy fully prepared me for what I should expect, and offered me various other alternatives with their respective outcomes should I not feel comfortable. She made me feel at ease, and I knew that I could trust her with my skin.

What is IPL Therapy?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, but it is also commonly referred to as a photofacial or photorejuvenation. IPL treatments are performed using a handheld device that delivers a broad spectrum of light onto the skin’s surface. In a nutshell, IPL treats the skin with quick and powerful flashes of light. The light energy then penetrates below the skin’s surface, where the unwanted pigments live. The heat breaks down the pigment into tiny particles, which either rise to the skin’s surface as scabs (naturally sloughing away within a week or so), or get carried away by the body’s lymphatic system.. IPL successfully treats uneven skin tone, freckles, brown and red spots, broken blood vessels, spider veins as well as wrinkles caused by sun damage.

Typically 3 to 5 treatments are needed for maximum results, though small lesions may clear in just a single session. Repeat treatments are spaced every 4 to 6 weeks.

What to expect…

Before the treatment begins, you will be given eyewear to protect you from the bright flashes of light. Your skin therapist will then apply a cool gel to your skin, this helps lubricate the handpiece and cool the epidermis during the treatment. I am not going to lie to you, IPL hurts like a b**ch. The laser feels exactly the way Amy told me it would, like a hot rubber band snapping your skin. Now, that description sounds pretty bad, but the entire procedure only lasted 20 minutes and I had my entire face done. Anyone can handle that, right? No pain, no gain.

Post IPL Treatment & recovery time

After my IPL treatment my face felt sunburnt, hot, was swollen and quite red. It was not terrible, but it was definitely sensitive. All of this completely subsided after 24 hours, but that is not the case for everyone. Everyone reacts differently, and it is important to listen to all the possible side effects before making your decision.

How much does it cost?

IPL treatment prices range from about R617 for a small area to about R3000 for a large area. Getting your entire face done would cost R1570. You can also purchase a course and receive a discount that way.


I wasn’t able to replicate the same lighting as before, so this is just natural light and no re-touching. Isn’t the results absolutely incredible? Besides getting rid of about 95% of my red veins, my skin also looks more youthful and radiant. My skin tone is noticeably more even, and I can also see less fine lines and wrinkles. I have an amazing glow, and I would honestly recommend this treatment over and over. A huge thank you to Amy for the confidence boost, you have no idea how much it means to me!


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3 thoughts on “My First IPL Therapy Session {Before & After Photo’s}

  1. Sarah says:

    Did you get the “coffee grounds” look? I just had one treatment 2 days ago and have not got them. My spots may look a little darker but I can’t really tell if it is doing anything.

      • Sarah says:

        Ok thank you. I just got a second treatment and some of my freckles haves turned to “pepper” but it’s still not as dramatic as I expected. They used higher setting this time. I’m happy that at least time there is a visible change happening. On my third treatment I will tell them to crank it up!

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