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…

Criteria to review before booking your IPL Hair Removal
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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.

Hope this helps :)
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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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What is Microblading?

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What is Microblading?

One of our much loved sculpt clients recently booked herself in for the 3D SCULPT. In her booking, she attached a question that we thought many of you might be wondering. So, with her approval, we have decided to publish for you all.

Q: What exactly is involved in the 3D Sculpt….should I be scared?

A: The 3D SCULPT is basically a type of tattoo, but instead of applying solid ink, we make small incisions which look like hair strokes in the skin and deliver tint into the incisions.

A little blood is drawn and the procedure has to be done safely, precisely, and in a clean environment. The esthetician has to keep everything sanitized while using proper techniques and pressure so as to not go too deep into the skin (going too deep would make it a permanent tattoo). In addition, the esthetician has to create an immaculate brow shape and stick to the predetermined design (approved by you) before we make any incisions (since it is long lasting). It requires high levels of competency and talent.

It is scary if you don’t know what to expect from the esthetician doing your 3D SCULPT, but you know us and you know the kind of work we do, so you have nothing to fear! Also, we use an anesthetic gel to make the procedure as painless as possible. Everybody is different, but the last client we had for the 3D SCULPT said she felt no pain at all :)

Also, with the post care we provide, we help prep your skin and take good care of it after so you heal properly which will maximize the longevity of your 3D SCULPT and also recover your skin from the damage it endures in that area during the procedure.

Max amount of active healing time is 10 days, your brows will fade a little and they will look very natural (if the right colour is chosen). During the healing process, your skin will shed around your brows a little. The 2nd day is the worst I would say, after that it starts showing improvement. Expect your brows to be a little itchy as they heal.

I hope this puts your mind at ease :) Let us know if you have any other questions.

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3D SCULPT Longevity

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

How does the 3D SCULPT last so long?

It comes down to the following factors:


The 3D SCULPT 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.


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.


During your 3D SCULPT 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 3D SCULPT.

Do you meet the criteria for this procedure? Find out by clicking HERE.

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Contraindications for 3D SCULPT

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Microblading Contraindications

Q: What are the contraindications for the dérmica 3D SCULPT?

A: The dérmica 3D SCULPT, like all other forms of tattooing, has risks associated with microblading that though uncommon- such as the transmission of blood borne pathogenic organisms or reactions to pigment ingredients- must be reviewed.



  • CANCER – Cannot treat while undergoing medical treatment and must be in complete remission. Consult with physician prior to booking; approval is required.
  • DIABETES – Must be controlled for a minimum of 1 year before procedure. Anticoagulant and other medications may interfere. Consult with physician prior to booking; approval is required.
  • BLOOD CLOTTING ABNORMALITIES – Consult with physician prior to booking; approval is required.
  • KELOID SCARRING – cannot have procedure due to increased risk of developing scar tissue.
  • HERPES – cannot have active breakouts during time of procedure. Prescribed medication must be taken for 3 days prior to procedure to reduce risk of infection. Consult with physician.
  • SKIN DISEASE or DISORDER – must be cleared of infection prior to procedure. Consult physician.
  • PSORIASIS or ECZEMA –Brow and forehead region must be clear.
  • ACNE – Brow and forehead region must be clear of breakouts. If taking prescribed topical or oral acne medication, consult with physician prior to booking.
  • SUNBURN – Wait 2 weeks after occurrence.
  • SENSITIVITY or ALLERGY to ANAESTHETIC – Topical anaesthetic is used to numb the area during the procedure. Procedure can be performed with the exclusion of anaesthetic. Consult with physician regarding alternatives for pain relief.

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.

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