IPL Hair Removal Q & A

What is IPL Hair Removal?

IPL is a light-based treatment that penetrates through the skin to a nanometer depth. The light energy is absorbed into active bulbs which then causes them to self-destruct.

Can anyone have this treatment done?

IPL is a form of radiation, therefore there are health precautions that must be considered for this treatment. If you are currently under the care of a dermatologist or physician, we recommend consulting with them prior to your booking. There also certain medications and topical products that make your skin sensitive to light, and this would be noted in your intake form and your technician would then discuss further with you.

How effective are the treatments?

In successful treatments we can observe a 98% reduction in active follicles. Following proper protocol before and after your treatment will ensure that you can achieve best results.

How many sessions do I need?

8 – 12 sessions are recommended for maximum results. The exact number of sessions will depend on genetics and personal preference. Clients report 20-60% reduction after the first treatment. Each session afterwards will reduce the remaining amount of hair by approximately 10%. Sessions are continued until the client has reached their reduction goal and growth has been stopped.

Are the results permanent?

Over the years you may begin to gradually reproduce hair in the areas treated. If the previous hair growth was caused by hormonal imbalance there is a higher chance of the hair returning and, in less time than expected. Touch-ups are recommended approximately 2 years following the last session.

Is it painful?

The sensation felt when the energy is delivered is described by most as a small pin-prick shock lasting only milliseconds. When graded on a scale from 1-5 for the pain felt during the session, clients will on average report under a level 3. The portion of the device that is in contact with the skin has a patented cooling system that keeps your skin slightly numb on contact.

How do I prep for my visit?

You must wait at least 3 weeks after waxing or tweezing before your visit. The active bulbs are required to be intact for best result. The treatment area must be shaved prior to your visit.

Do I have to follow any special instructions afterwards?

You must avoid heat exposure in the area as this may result in burns due to the heat retention from the treatment. Avoid tight clothing and friction over the treatment site. Swimming and strenuous exercise should also be avoided for 48 – 72 hrs.

When do I return for my next treatment?

Treatments are ideally spaced 4 weeks apart. This follows the hairs natural growth pattern and ensures that live bulbs are present when the treatment is delivered. Once you have reached your treatment goal, you will be advised by the technician when to return for any touch-ups.

About IPL…

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Skin Resurfacing

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Ask Dérmica: WHAT is Skin Resurfacing?

  • An esthetic procedure or personal use of an exfoliating product/tool that removes layers of damaged skin.
  • Improves the overall appearance and texture of the skin.
  • Boosts the regeneration rate of skin cells and promotes collagen production.
  • Improves circulation and absorptive ability of the skin.
  • Recommended for all skin types as part of a healthy skin care routine or to treat skin conditions.
  • Methods of resurfacing include: chemical, mechanical, and light-based treatment.

CHEMICAL METHODS AND BENEFITS

Chemical Resurfacing

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  • There are different classifications of chemical resurfacing: AHA, BHA, Retinols, TCA, Enzymes.
  • Causes a chemical reaction at the surface of the skin that dissolves the bonds between the skin cells.
  • Varying intensity and penetration.
  • Can be delivered in low doses on a daily basis or as a stand alone treatment delivered by a trained technician.
  • Skin may require pre-treating with lower dose prior to procedure.
  • Down time varies depending on the dose delivered.
  • Topical products used for homecare may need to be prescribed by a physician.
Benefits:
  • Can treat a wide range of conditions.
  • Can be used as part of a daily maintenance routine.
  • Broad range of penetration level available from mild – deep.
  • Improves texture of the skin.
  • Reduces unwanted pigmentation.
  • Treats acne and related scarring.
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MECHANICAL METHODS AND BENEFITS

Granular Exfoliants

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  • Granular product that is massaged over the skin.
  • Lifts dead surface layer of skin.
  • Available in various formulations and intensity.
  • Product contain microbeads or granules that slough the outer layer.
  • Mild resurfacing.
  • Not typically recommended for acneic or sensitive skin.
Benefits:
  • Instant results.
  • Can be used daily as part of a regular skin care routine.
  • No downtime.
  • Increases absorption of products.
  • Stimulates circulation.

Dermaplaning

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  • Technician performs feathery strokes typically using a 10 gauge blade held at an angle over the surface of the skin.
  • Removes surface layer of the skin.
  • Form of mechanical skin resurfacing.
Benefits:
  • Also removes the vellus hair in the area treated.
  • Delivers instant results.
  • Minimal downtime.
  • Can alleviate and treat eczema, skin irritations, and excessively dry patches.
  • Promotes increased hydration and penetration of topical medications and treatment product.

Microdermabrasion

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  • Technician uses a wand over the skin to remove superficial layers.
  • Can be performed with a diamond encrusted tip being dragged over the skin or using a crystal spray to gently “sandblast” the surface of the skin.
  • Not recommended for acneic skin or highly sensitive skin types.
  • Mild – mid level resurfacing.
Benefits:
  • Minimal downtime required.
  • Can be paired with other methods of resurfacing for optimal results.
  • Improves circulation.
  • Improves texture.
  • Lightens pigmentation.

Abrasive Materials

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  • Used to lift the dead surface layer of the skin by causing friction.
  • Brushes bristles vary from soft – hard.
  • Can be used with products for added cleansing.
  • Abrasive materials include loofas, pumice, and other textured materials in varying coarseness.
  • Mild resurfacing.
  • Not recommended for sensitive or sensitized skin
Benefits:
  • Can be used as part of a daily routine or in a professional service.
  • Instant results.
  • No downtime.
  • Increases circulation.

Dermabrasion

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  • Performed by a medical professional.
  • Anesthetic is used to numb the skin prior to treatment.
  • In some cases a prescribed relaxant may be given to ease the patient.
  • Technician operates a high-speed device that scrapes away layers of skin.
  • Mid – deep resurfacing.
Benefits:
  • Delivers deep resurfacing with minimal sessions.
  • Can remove deep imperfections.
  • Dramatic results can be achieved.

Microneedling

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  • Pierces fine needles into the surface of the skin creating micro-lesions.
  • Varying levels of intensity depending on the device.
  • Minimal – no downtime required.
Benefits:
  • Tightens pores and smooths texture.
  • Effective on minimizing the appearance of stretch marks and acne scarring.
  • Improves circulation.
  • Stimulates collagen and elastin production.


LIGHT-BASED METHODS AND BENEFITS

IPL Skin Rejuvenation

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  • Stands for Intense Pulsed Light.
  • Device emits a broad band light energy into the skin.
  • Works below the surface of the skin on a cellular level, leaving the surface layer intact.
  • Depth of penetration varies medium – deep.
Benefits:
  • Minimal down time, if any.
  • Reduces redness and surface capillaries.
  • Removes pigmentation and evens skin tone.
  • Improves texture and tightens pores.
  • Reduces fine lines and pre-mature aging.
  • Treats acne and related scarring.

LASER Skin Resurfacing

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  • Acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
  • Device emits a focused beam of light energy into the skin.
  • Depth of penetration varies from medium – deep.
  • Down time ranges depending on the type of laser used.
Benefits:
  • Improves textural damage.
  • Reduces signs of aging.
  • Reduces redness and vascularity from facial and body region.
  • Removes unwanted pigmented lesions.
  • Treats acne and related scarring.


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Pore Extraction Facials

Pore Extractions

Q: My skin is normally clear, but lately I have been experiencing small bumps throughout my cheek and chin area. What can I do to get rid of this issue?

A: You start by having a pore extraction facial to pull the “bumps” (comedones and blackheads) out of your skin. This process involves thorough cleansing and light resurfacing, before an ozone steaming session. The steam opens the pores and softens the surface of the skin making extractions a breeze. Blackheads and oil-build up are pulled out of the skin leaving your pores clear of visible debris. Closed comedones (whiteheads) are pierced with a small lancet allowing for trapped debris to be safely removed.

After having your skin purged of impurities, it is important to stick to a regular cleansing and nourishing routine. Start by cleansing with a cleanser containing the appropriate blend of ingredients suitable for your skin type. Double cleansing is recommended every evening so your skin can breath and absorb nutrients overnight. Moisturizer should be applied while the skin is still humid in order to seal in added hydration. Regardless of your skin type moisturizer is very important in maintaining a healthy balance in your skin.

You may have blemishes pop up over the following week, this is normal as all the impurities are making their way up to the surface. If you are confident with your extractions, you can gently extract these blemishes after cleansing and a steamy shower. Although, if you can’t get it in the first 2 attempts then let it be as this may cause bruising or damage to the skin.

Once your skin has made a full recovery after 4-6 days, your skin should look and feel smoother with minimized pore size. You can schedule your facial sessions 4-6 weeks apart and once you’ve cleared the excess, seasonal facial and home maintenance should be suffice.

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Lash Lift Q&A

Lash Lift Q&A

Q: What is a LASH LIFT?
A: Lash lifts are a gentle form of lash perming that curls the natural lashes along the lash line. It gives the appearance of longer more feminine lashes.

Q: How does it work?
A: The first step is to open the bonds in the hair, giving flexibility within the mid shaft where the curl is found. The second step sets the lashes into position and seals the hair shaft. The third step reintroduces moisture back into the lashes.

Q: How long does it last?
A: Lash lifts can last up to 12 weeks. This depends on after-care products used and thickness of lashes. Gentle products are recommended on eye area and minimal rubbing. Thick lashes are more resistant and will fall faster than thin lashes.

Q: Will the lash lift damage my lashes?
A: It is recommend that clients wait 12 weeks between lash lifts. This allows you hair to recover and regenerate new growth.

Q: How do I care for my lashes following the treatment?
A: You must avoid water, makeup, and pressure on the lashes for 48hrs. Afterwards you can return to your regular routine and products. It is recommended to sleep on your back in order to avoid bending the lashes overnight. Using a lash comb to lift and operate the lashes will help set.

Q: Are there any allergies I must be aware of?
A: It is rare for reactions to occur as the products are kept strictly on the lashes.
  • who have sensitivity to latex are not recommended to have the procedure, as the adhesive used does contain latex.
  • If you have ever reacted to artificial lash glue used for strip lashes, you are at risk of having a reaction.
  • Typical allergic reaction will cause the eyes to swell for up to 72 hours.

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Microblading

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Microblading Treatment

Achieve the brows you have always dreamed of with the dérmica’s Microblading brow feathering treatment.

Your brows are skillfully etched into shape by combining dérmica’s signature brow design with top-of-the-line brow feathering products and techniques. Your eyebrows are designed by our experts using your natural facial structure, measurements, and any desired personal touches. Each individual hair stroke is carefully placed on the skin, building a beautiful and natural brow that lasts up to 3 years.


PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA BEFORE BOOKING YOUR Microblading ONLINE.


Contraindications-CONDITIONS:
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Blood Clotting Abnormalities
  • Keloid Scarring
  • Herpes
  • Skin disease or disorder
  • Psoriasis/Eczema
  • Acne
  • Sunburn
  • Sensitivity or allergy to anaesthetic
  • Pregnant/Nursing

Contraindications- MEDICATIONS:
  • Acetylsalicylic Acid (ASA) medications. Example: Asprin™
  • Anticoagulants (blood thinners)
  • Niacin
  • Retinol (2% or higher) – Avoid usage for 3 days prior to appointment. If prescribed, consult with physician
  • Acne medication (topical/oral) – Consult with physician

Contraindications- RECENT PROCEDURES:
  • BOTOX and dermal fillers (brow/forehead/eye area) – must wait 2 weeks following injection date.
  • Skin peels – Skin must be completely recovered prior to procedure date (approx. 2 weeks) following skin treatment date.
  • IPL or LASER treatments – Skin must be completely recovered (approx. 2 weeks) following skin treatment date.
  • Tanning – Allow skin 3 days to recover following your tanning session.
  • Waxing – Allow skin 3 days to recover following your waxing session.

Potential side effects:
  • Discomfort
  • Fragile skin
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Erythema (redness)

Downtime required: 2-8 days

Time frame: Scroll down to see Booking Procedure

LEVELS & PRICING


Microblading- Level I : Increase the definition of your brow line, add density to thinning areas, fill small gaps and scars, or balance the overall brow shape. Includes 30% brow coverage and 1 Refresher which can be booked within 12 months following initial procedure. $350

Microblading – Level II : Remodel brow your shape, balance highly uneven brows, fill-in gaps, scars, increase density and thickness in sparse brows. Includes 60% brow coverage and 1 Refresher which can be booked within 12 months following initial procedure. $450

Microblading – Level III : Restore your brows from tip-tip and top-bottom with a complete coverage of severely thinned brows or missing brows. Includes up to 100% brow coverage and 1 Refresher which can be booked within 12 months following initial procedure. $550

Microblading Refresher : (under 12 months since last session) Hair strokes are refined and color is intensified or refreshed. No reshaping. $150


BOOKING PROCEDURE


Consultation: 30 minutes. During your consult, your desired brow shape and color, and overall appearance is discussed. After your consult you will receive your PreTx Guide to prepare you for the procedure. Please attach a note on you online booking if you would like your procedure done on the same day of your consultation. Deposit may be required.

Procedure: 2hrs. During your Microblading session your brow area is numbed to ease discomfort during the procedure. The procedure time can range from 1-2 hours depending on the amount of restoration required. You will receive a detailed PostTx Guide and products to care for your brows during the recovery phase.

Refresher: 1.5 hrs. Optimal results are achieved with this complimentary refresher session; it ensures that every stroke is vibrant and extends wear. A minimum of 40% of the initial shape must be present for your Refresher. This time varies per person. The refresher can be booked anytime from 6 weeks to 12 months following the initial procedure.


PRE-TREATMENT GUIDE

Taking necessary precautions prior to treatment will ensure that your treatment can be performed safely and effectively.

1. Cleanse and moisturize morning and evening. Use a PRE CLEANSER such as our Glô Skin Beauty Gentle Cream Cleanser in the evenings over your brow area.

2. AVOID caffeinated beverages 2 hours prior to appointment as this can cause skin sensitivity.

3. DO NOT consume alcohol 12 hours prior to scheduled appointment as this can cause excessive bleeding and sensitivity during treatment.

4. Apply SPF over brow area before sun exposure. AVOID direct sunlight and extended sun exposure.

5. DO NOT take the following medications/ supplements during the 72 hours leading up to your procedure: **Consult and report with your physician prior to stopping medication**
  • Acetylsalicylic Acid (ASA) medications. Example: Asprin™.
  • Anticoagulants (blood thinners)
  • Niacin
6. Direct contact with water will need to be avoided for 72 hours following your procedure; therefore make sure to wash your hair prior to your appointment.

POST-TREATMENT GUIDE

The following guide will help you care for your fresh brows and ensure you achieve best results. Your brows may feel sore and bruised immediately following your procedure; this usually dissipates within 12 hours.
Follow the POST-TREATMENT GUIDE until your brows have completely flaked and healed. The healing process can take up to 10 days and varies with each individual.

1. Hot temperatures will irritate your brows during the first 12 hours, therefore remain indoors and fan if necessary.

2. DO NOT touch brow with unwashed hands, doing so can cause infection.

3. DO NOT soak brows. Showers and baths are safe; keep your brows away from direct water contact as this may cause color to fade.

4. Face washing and moisturizing instructions:
  • Gently cleanse lower half and forehead with your daily cleanser in the morning. When rinsing cleanser, use a warm face cloth avoiding drip from forehead onto brows.
  • Dampen a clean gauze or cotton pad with your cleanser and gently wipe brows in outward motion. Blot dry with dry gauze/pad.

  • Once your brows begin scab or flake, apply a small amount of moisturizer over the brows after washing in the morning and evening.

5. DO NOT use ANY makeup or SPF directly over the brow area until brows have completely healed. This may alter color tone or blur strokes.

6. AVOID direct sunlight, this can cause the pigment to fade and irritate the skin.

7. DO NOT pick or lift scabs or flakes from brows, this may pull the pigment prematurely causing fading or gaps in strokes.

8. Brow can be lightly tweezed around area treated but not directly over for 3 weeks. Waxing procedure can be performed 4 weeks following procedure.

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View Dérmica’s literature on microblading…

What exactly is involved in microblading? Should I be scared?
How does microblading last so long?
Microblading Preparation and Post Care
Healing After your microblading procedure

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Longevity of Microblading procedure

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HOW LONG DOES MICROBLADING LAST?

At dérmica, our signature microblading service, the 3D SCULPT, lasts up to 3 years.

How does the microblading last so long?

It comes down to the following factors:

DEPTH OF INCISION

The procedure is able to hold it’s colour for so long because we deposit pigment into the epidermal layer, below the surface of the skin. During the recovery period (10 days) the skin forms a light scab over the incisions. These scabs eventually slough away leaving the pigment enclosed in the epidermis. As the skin continues to regenerate through the years, the pigment is eventually pushed up to the outermost layer of the skin and is shed along with the skin. This process can take up to 3 years with proper care and maintenance. Knowing how deep to go when making the incisions is a key factor (along with pretreating the skin and of course, following post care instructions) in the longevity of your sculpt. Making the incisions too deep will cause the pigment to be deposited in the dermis layer of your skin thereby making your procedure permanent and increases the risk of scarring over the treatment site. Not going deep enough will make your brows fade prematurely.

THICKNESS OF SKIN

As skin experts, knowledge of the skin gives Dérmica comprehensive insight of this procedure. Typically, the head area of the brow has thicker skin in comparison to the arch and the tail. Skin thickness varies by sex, age, skin type, skin tone, health, and lifestyle. Thicker skin generally means that there are more pores and the skin is oilier. The skin thins as we age so typically, older people have thinner skin, as well as people with a fair skin tone. Also, because older skin does not regenerate as quickly, it has shown to hold pigment better since it is not as oily. This comprehension helps us use correct amount of pressure of the skin in order to get to the depth we want.

PRETREATMENT AND POST CARE OF THE SKIN

During your microblading procedure, we use a fine sharp blade to make incisions into the skin in order to insert pigment. Because of this, your skin experiences a bit of trauma, which is why preparation and post care play such an important role.

By providing you with Pre-Treatment guidelines and a Care kit, we encourage you to take necessary precautions prior to treatment to ensure that your treatment can be performed safely and effectively, and increase the success rate of your microblading.

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