Am I a good candidate for IPL/ Laser Hair Removal?
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for IPL/ Laser Hair Removal?One of the roles I have enjoyed most in my career is being an Educator in Esthetics. This has allowed me to pass on some useful knowledge to both students and clients alike. I’m always open for a good Q & A period with my clients, whether it is during their visit or through our “Ask Dérmica” feature. I believe that when armed with proper knowledge and understanding, my clients can feel confident with their treatment decision and how we will achieve their desired results. Here is the latest submission we received: Q: I’m interested in getting some permanent hair removal with IPL. How do I know if I’m a good candidate? A: This is a very common question, as not everyone is eligible to receive Laser/IPL treatments. Aside from considering your medical history and current skin care regimen, there are two important factors to determining whether to treat a client with Lasers/IPL or explore other methods. First, the technician should categorize your skin tone using the Fitzpatrick Scale. This scale measures the amount of melanin in your skin according to specific genetic factors. This scale is used to predict how your skin will react to light-based treatments and the intensity in which to treat your skin. The scale begins at a Level-I, such as Nicole Kidman, and gradually increases to the deeper tones of a Level-VI, such as Lupita Nyong’o. Currently there are limited options in treating skin tones beyond a level-V as the pigment in the skin will also absorb the energy emitted causing adverse reactions such as burns and permanent scarring. The second major factor in determining qualification for treatment is the tone of present hair. The reason being is that the energy emitted by Lasers/IPL devices is attracted to specific components within the skin, for example, melanin (pigment) found in the skin and hair. In order to successfully be treated for Laser/IPL Hair Removal there must be a visible presence of melanin within the hair. Therefore, natural shades of light blonde, light red, grey, and white hair cannot be 100% successfully treated with Laser/IPL hair removal. Having a greater contrast between the colour of the present hair and skin tone also increases reduction rate of your treatment and can shorten sessions required. Having a greater contrast between the colour of your hair and skin also increases effectiveness. Settings are customizable for individual sessions with most Laser/IPL technology available on the market. Therefore, your technician should be adjusting the settings accordingly per session as your hair color and density changes throughout the course of your treatment. Ensure that the technician treating you is educated in Laser/IPL therapy and the Anatomy & Physiology of skin. This ensures that she/he can properly assess, customize, and execute your treatments without compromising the integrity of your skin, all while delivering results. Unfortunately there are few regulations regarding the operation of Laser/IPL equipment which leads to under qualified technicians and inconsistency in quality and pricing of services throughout the industry . Before investing in a course of Laser/IPL treatment, research your chosen spa and ask questions regarding your technician’s qualification and experience. For any questions or concerns regarding IPL/ Laser Hair Removal , IPL Phototherapy, or Skin Care, give us a call at 780.885.7108 or submit your questions in our “Ask Dérmica” feature! Thanks for submitting your questions! Wishing you love, peace, and GREAT SKIN! (780) 885-7108
Jhoenna has taken her 15 years of experience in the beauty industry and known expertise to develop the Dérmica line of results-driven esthetic treatments that are sure to surpass your expectations!