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IPL FAQ

What is the difference between IPL and Laser?

1. IPL is safer than laser because it is a softer, more gentle light that is spread out versus direct light like in laser treatments. That way it doesn’t have the potential to damage the skin, like a laser. It also runs at a cooler temperature than laser, making it more comfortable.

2. The machine has a computer with programmed parameters built in to prevent issues.

Who does the treatment and how can you (we) do it?

IPL has been approved by The State Board in Massachusetts and this is the first FDA machine approved for esthetic use. All the estheticians performing the IPL have had intensive Board approved and licensed training.

How long does my hair have to be? What do I do to prepare?

1. Shave 3 days before the treatment or buzz with electric shaver two days before. The machine has to see a small amount of hair.

2. If you are a monthly waxer you don’t have to shave for the first time, just show up on the 4th week.

3. The hair needs to be dark not blonde and/or red. You need to have stubble to see pigment/color of hair.

How many treatments do you need?

1. It will be covered during your consult with your esthetician but the average is 5-10 times.

2. All lasers and IPL are only approved by the FDA for hair reduction. Some people need 6 or 10 treatments. You never know, it really depends on the hair. Your esthetician can give you a realistic idea in your consult but expect 80-90% hair reduction.

Is it safe?

Yes, please make sure you refrain from tanning and sunless tanning.

What is the cost?

The cost varies – your esthetician will go over the pricing for the area you are looking to treat in your consult and will figure out a schedule to make it more affordable for you.

Can you purchase packages?

No, however we do offer a a loyalty card for all IPL clients which we will punch for you after each treatment. After 5 treatments, you receive a 6th one for free. (You will receive a separate punch card for each treated area).

What are the contraindications? Who can’t do IPL?

People who have:

  • Pacemakers
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • On Accutane
  • RetinA users need to be off of it for 2 weeks prior to treatment
  • No cold sores need to be completely healed
  • Need to avoid tattoo and moles or cover with a 4×4
  • Keloid/scarring that is preexisting
  • No sun exposure for 6 weeks/no sunless tanning for 2 weeks
  • Males who get a treatment for acne need to be aware it may affect their hair growth
  • African American clients are not good candidates. Why? The machine sees the pigment of your skin, and treated darker skin would be too dangerous because the machine cannot differentiate between skin color and hair color.