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IPL Hair Removal Treatment Frequency

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What happens if you use IPL too often?

Treatment frequency for IPL Hair Removal (HR) sessions is 1 treatment every 6 to 8 weeks apart for body areas, and 4-6 weeks apart for facial areas. If you are having sessions too close together, you are basically working on hair that is most likely no longer alive. In other words, you are losing financially!

We need a live hair bulb in order to achieve results. Therefore, we need approximately 4-8 weeks of regrowth to have some live bulbs in the skin again. IPL is also something that you don’t want to be using too often. For this reason, we advise our clients that anything beyond 12 treatments within a 12 month period is far too much.

Like any light based treatment, IPL is a form of radiation so you want to make sure you are not overexposing your skin.

Does IPL or LASER remove hair permanently?

IPL and other light based treatments do not remove hair permanently- as in “forever”. There is always a small chance that you may have some regrowth through the years. The amount of regrowth can range from 2-50%. There are certain things that can influence that percentage. For example, hormonal changes, whether that be with age, pregnancy, or health conditions that can bring back hair growth or decrease hair growth.

Another factor to consider is the amount of reduction that was achieved during your treatment course. Regrowth percentage will influence reduction rate. A higher reduction rate, for example, 98% will have a lower regrowth percentage. On the other hand, a lower reduction rate such as 50% will see higher regrowth.

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IPL or LASER Hair Removal

There are some things to consider when deciding between IPL or LASER hair removal. Below are some popular questions clients ask when making their choice.

Is IPL as strong as LASER?

The short answer is yes. IPL is as strong in terms of delivering results. The amount of sessions required are similar with both systems. In other words, you get the same results in the end. The main different between IPL and LASER is the type of light they are emitting. LASER uses a single beam, whereas IPL delivers a broad spectrum. This means that the system delivers different types of treatments because you have more range in that light spectrum.

What are the advantages of IPL over LASER?

If we are basing it on results, they are on par with each other. Now, based on the comfort level of the service, IPL tends to be more gentle with the surrounding tissue. The reason for this is that broad spectrum we mentioned earlier. Within that spectrum, depending on the person’s hair tone, skin tone, and the number of sessions they’ve had, the machine will filter out a specific depth of penetration that will only affect the target so that the surrounding tissue is not compromised.

Do IPL and LASER hair removal feel similar?

IPL and LASER do not feel similar. With IPL, the system wIll make direct contact with the person’s skin, whereas LASER will hover over the skin.

Another difference is that LASER typically uses a hose that outputs cold air to cool the skin. On the other hand, with IPL, depending on the system, the technician may use an ultrasound jelly to keep the skin cold. Other systems, for example the Sharplight system that we use, uses contact cooling, via the actual window that touches the skin.

Can you switch from LASER to IPL and vice versa?

Yes, you can safely switch because they are both light based treatments. Some differences you may notice are the way the treatments are delivered. Examples include the cooling mechanism, the sitting time, and possibly the frequency of treatments.

When it comes to your currents results, it should not have an effect on your current results or cause any regrowth to happen. If this happens, it’s most likely not the system. However, it could be that your settings are not set accordingly. This is why it’s important to let your technician know that you have had previous treatments, how many treatments you’ve had and also the efficacy of those treatments.

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What happens if you stop using IPL?

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What happens if you stop using IPL before you get to your results?

If you stop IPL laser treatments prematurely, there will be a short period of time before you start seeing some growth come back. Most areas that clients have treated are influenced by hormones that drive growth. Therefore, it is inevitable that the hair will come back because hormones change.

In conclusion, stopping treatments prematurely will decrease hair growth but won’t get you maximum results. Furthermore, stopping IPL prematurely will not result in more hair than you started out with.

What happens if you stop IPL after reaching your goal?

Once you finish your full treatment course and we get to your goal, you will see an extended period where you wont have any hair growth at all. Very seldom do clients experience earlier regrowth, and if they do, when they do it is significantly less hair, typically thinner, and takes a lot longer to grow to the point of needing to shave more than once every few months. It takes about 3-5 years on average before you need a touch up.

Can IPL make hair growth worse?

No, typically in most cases it does not have that effect. On the rare occassion that this occurs, this is considered an adverse reaction symbolic of something abnormal going on in the body.

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Canada Day Specials 2022

Happy Canada Day!

Mark your calendars, we have Canada Day specials going on JULY 1 & 2! The following specials are not valid with any other offer or promotion. No pre-purchasing. 

30% off IPL Hair Removal

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Our IPL Hair Removal treatment will deliver permanent results on any area of face and body, including male facial hair. Above all, razor burn, ingrown hairs, and embarrassing stubble will be a thing of the past!


Free BOOST with Dermaplane

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Add a boost to your dermaplaning service to amplify results. Peel boosts are classified as mild skin acids. BOOSTS are great for seasonal maintenance and anti-aging.

In addition, they can be used to pre-treat the skin before transitioning into stronger skin peels.

NOTE: Boost require 24-48 hours downtime.

Choose your Boost

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👉Vitamin C 

A great choice if your goal is to improve dull skin. Vitamin C provides protection. It scavenges and destroys reactive oxidizing (think ‘rusting’) agents and other free radicals.

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👉AHA (10-20%)

This peel boost relieves dry skin. Similarly, it reduces fine lines and pigmentation. Ideal for dry or mature skin.

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👉BHA (10-20%)

Used for treating active acne conditions, this peel boost cleanses and decongests compromised skin. Ideal for oily skin.

10% OFF Adoreyes Lash and Brow Growth Serum

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The only growth serum availbale on the market that acts on all 3 phases of the hair growth cycle!

ADOREYES Plus Lashes & Brows enhancing serums feature a high-performance Triple Peptide Complex technology to revitalize, thicken and strengthen eyelashes and eyebrows.

See full improvement in 3 months.


Purchase a pedicure for you and a guest for $125. Services must be booked simultaneously.

Pedicure deals can be booked by phone only. Call us at (780) 885-7108 to book. In the event that we are unable to answer your call, please leave a voicemail and we will return your call as soon as possible.

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IPL/ LASER Hair Removal Longevity

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How long does IPL / LASER Hair Removal Last?

Results vary and can last between 1 – 5 years before a touch-up is required. Although IPL / LASER hair removal are considered methods of “permanent hair removal”, these treatments often require touch-ups. The typical span is 1 to 5 years.

One of the main reasons for this vast range is the varying degrees of hair growth throughout the body. Some areas grow long/ thick hair, whereas other areas may grow short/ fine hair.

When narrowing down how long your IPL / LASER hair removal results will last, we begin by classifying the treatment areas into one of two major categories:

CLASS 1 – Includes: lip, chin, underarms, chest, back, and bikini.

CLASS 2 – Includes: scalp, hairline, arms, legs, hands, and feet.

These 2 categories have pre-indicators we use when making our assumptions for results. For example, hair texture, intensity of the growth, and hormonal influences that affect growth.

Touch-up Requirements

CLASS 1 | Lip | Chin | Underarms | Chest | Back | Pubic Region

Results last 1-3 years before touch-up is required. The growth in these areas is largely driven by hormones and continues to progress through our adult years. For this reason, you may require touch-ups sooner than other areas of the body.

CLASS 2 | Scalp | Hairline | Arms| Legs | Hands & Feet

Results last 3-5 years before touch-up is required. Because these areas are not as affected by hormones in our adult years, they typically require fewer touch-up sessions and, the results last longer.

Although results vary depending on your hair and skin type, proper aftercare and scheduling are vital.

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IPL/ Laser and Blonde Hair

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IPL/ Laser Hair Removal and Blonde Hair

Q: My body hair ranges from dark blonde – light brown… Does IPL / LASER work on blonde hair?” – N.N

A: Yes, you can achieve results! Advanced IPL / LASER operating systems can now effectively treat lighter hair tones.  

Hair colour plays an important role when setting expectations for treatment outcomes. The light energy pulsed by the operating system targets pigment cells found in the hair bulb. As a result, the more pigment cells present, the more energy is absorbed and therefore, producing optimal results. 

Those with dark blonde – light brown hair tones are categorized as “Light” hair on the treatment scale. Light natural hair tones usually contain enough base pigment to properly absorb the energy into the hair bulb. In most cases, there is enough pigmentation to achieve significant hair reduction. Therefore, you can expect 25 – 75% reduction given proper aftercare.  

In conclusion, IPL/ LASER treatment offers optimal results for those looking for carefree maintenance and to clear their skin of unsightly stubble. In addition, it saves the skin from the routine of painful removal procedures. 

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