What can I expect after my IPL photofacial? January 24, 2023 Because the photofacial is a minimally invasive treatment, there is no formal downtime or recovery period associated with the procedure. Most patients can return to their normal daily activities, including work, following their IPL Photofacial treatment. Following treatment, many patients experience their skin being red, swollen, and sensitive to the sun for the next few days. This is normal and typically resolves on its own. Dr. Downey and Dr. Bullocks advise moisturizing your face and applying medical-grade sunscreen daily to ensure a smooth and swift recovery. While many patients may start to see the results of their IPL Photofacial after just one treatment, Dr. Downey and Dr. Bullocks typically recommend a series of three to six treatments spaced a few weeks apart to achieve ultimate results.