Although the vast majority of Venus Versa™ IPL treatment clients never experience any complications, you should discuss each of them with your treatment provider to ensure you fully understand the alternatives, risks, and average outcomes of Venus Versa™ IPL treatments.
Venus Versa™ IPL treatments will leave your skin photosensitized for 48 hours after each treatment. You must avoid sunlight. Failure to do so will result in significant redness and swelling, and may increase the rare risk of disfiguring, and complications like blisters, scarring, or pigment changes.
Venus Versa™ IPL treatments are very well-tolerated office treatments. Patient comfort is optimized with the cooling crystal that is integrated in the Venus Versa™ IPL applicator to assist with patient comfort. Topical anesthetic cream may also be used. You may experience a minor and tolerable degree of burning and/or a tingling sensation with each treatment.
It is exceedingly rare for Venus Versa™ IPL treatments to cause a blister or skin wound. However, this is more of a risk in darker or tanned skin types. If a blister or skin wound develops, it may take 5 to 10 days to heal and, in extremely rare instances, may lead to a noticeable whitening or darkening of the skin or, even more rarely, a scar. Blisters or skin wounds are much more common if you do not follow the recommended avoidance of sunlight, self-tanners, UV light exposure, and fluorescent light exposure post-treatment.
Scarring occurs in less than 0.1% of patients. If you have developed a wound and a scar, the scar may become flat and white (hypotrophic) or large and red (hypertrophic), or it may extend beyond the margins of the injury (keloid Subsequent treatment or surgery may be required to improve the appearance of the scar. In some cases, the scar may be permanent. Failure to follow pre- and post-treatment care instructions may increase the likelihood of a skin wound or scar.
With the IPL energy used in Venus Versa™ IPL treatments, there is a small risk (less than one per cent) of temporary hyperpigmentation (increased pigment or brown discoloration) or hypopigmentation (whitening of the skin Usually these pigment effects are temporary and resolve over several weeks or months. Permanent hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation is very rare and may occur in less than one per cent of cases. The majority of Venus Versa™ IPL patients will receive skin care products. The use of these medical skin care products is important to obtain optimal results.
Tanning and Sun Exposure:
It is essential that you do not tan your skin or use tanning creams prior to your Venus Versa™ IPL treatments, as the pigment in your skin will absorb some of the IPL energy, increasing your risk of pigment changes or skin wounds. If you have tanned skin, you should not have Venus Versa™ IPL treatments until the tan has faded appreciably (at least 6 weeks Avoid tanning for 2 weeks post- treatment. If you are using artificial tanning creams, allow these to fade for 2 to 3 weeks prior to beginning treatment.
It is exceedingly uncommon to have any skin bruising following Venus Versa™ IPL treatments. If bruising occurs, it can be camouflaged immediately using makeup and will usually resolve in eight to ten days. As the bruising fades, there may be a rust-brown discoloration of the skin (hyperpigmentation) that may require a medical cream or ointment to fully address—consult your treatment provider.
Because Venus Versa™ IPL treatments involve no actual cutting, surgery, or skin penetration, infection is exceedingly rare.
Excessive Redness and Swelling:
Rarely, a minor degree of redness and/or puffiness of the skin may follow treatment, usually lasting one to two hours. This may be easily camouflaged with makeup. In rare instances, this redness and swelling may persist for 1 to 2 days.