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IPL Hair Removal and IUD

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Will my IUD affect my IPL Hair Removal treatments?

Can I have IPL Hair Removal if I have an IUD?

The simple answer is, yes! 

What is an IUD? 

An IUD (Intrauterine Device) is a small T-shape contraceptive device that is placed inside of the uterus and worn for 3-10 years with regular check-ups. Most IUD’s available on the market are constructed of a simple copper, or a polyethylene plastic with hormonal components built into the structure. 

One of the main concerns with this combination, is how the heat absorbed by the body tissues will react with the solid structures of the device. Although this sounds like a probable cause for internal burns, there are major contributing factors that make this reaction highly unlikely.  

The Facts 

If we observe the depth of the uterus beneath the skin in the average adult female, it would be within the centimetre scale (not including excess fat). The distance of measure includes layers of skin, fascia, muscle, fat, and the multiple layers of the uterine wall.  

The light energy emitted by the device is measured on a nanometer scale and reaches up-to a 635-nanometer depth in the skin. To put this into perspective when comparing to the distance of the uterus, consider the following:  

1cm = 0.01m 


1nm = 0.000 000 001m 


One-hundredth of a meter 


One-billionth of a meter 


Measurement used for object that fit on a ruler  


Measurement used for objects on an atomic or molecular level  

One thing to keep in mind though if you have the polyethylene IUD (contains hormones), there may be an effect on the expected results and/or number of sessions required. 

If you have any underlying medical conditions and are under observation of a physician, we recommend you consult with them prior to booking your appointment, to ensure you have your questions and concerns addressed from both a technical and medical perspective.  

Now that we have cleared the air, let’s CLEAR THAT HAIR! 

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Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108


Client favourite’s…

According to records, these are the top 5 most popular services amongst our clients for 2019 so far:

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5. The Lash Lift

The #5 spot goes to the Lash Lift. Clients love the Lash Lift due to it’s longevity, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Results last 6-8 weeks.

“Wow! I’m going home to stare at myself for 2 hours now.”

-satisfied client

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4. Microblading

In at #4 is our microblading treatment. You can rest easy knowing your brows are at the hands of our experts. Our thorough consultations and skillful technique makes this a top service at Dérmica.

Whether you’re adding 10% or 90% more volume to your brows, microblading is a game-changer. With proper care microblading can last up to 3 years.

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3. LUX facial

If you liked the FIX facial, you’re gonna love the LUX! Sitting at #3 is the LUX facial.

The LUX offers the custom care of a FIX facial, a brow Shape, plus, a relaxing combination of Swedish and Pressure point massage on your hands, arms, shoulders, neck, and face.

“Dérmica is more than a studio, it’s like a safe haven.”

-satisfied client

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2. Photofacials

Runner up is the photofacial, more specifically, the ACLARA.

ACLARA removes hyper pigmentation caused by sun damage, aging, and acne scarring.

Photofacials change your skin in ways a facial cannot. For example, while a facial can clean pores, it cannot shrink them. The ALISA photofacial can. Photofacials are the next step up from a facial and are great for anti-aging.

1. The brow Sculpt

We were not surprised to learn that your absolute favourite is the dérmica brow Sculpt! Thank you for loving and trusting the way we do brows.

If you haven’t tried this service yet, add it to your visit next time :)

“It took me so long to find you. I don’t trust anyone else with my brows.”

-satisfied client

As we are appreciate your loyalty and support, we welcome new faces :) New clients receive 10% off during Client Appreciation days when they like us on Facebook.

Client appreciation days runs from June 4 -29, 2019. No other offer is valid with this promotion.

Thank you for choosing Dérmica, we can’t wait to see you again!

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Dérmica MedEsthetics

(780) 885 7108

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 4-6 weeks apart for facial areas, and 8-12 weeks apart for body areas. 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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DECEMBER SPECIAL- Gift with Skincare Treatment

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Gift with purchase of ANY skincare treatment! IPL PHOTOFACIALS- CHEMICAL PEELS- FACIALS

Look your best this holiday season! Specializing in skincare, Dérmica offers a selection of treatments to address your skin concerns. This December, receive a Glo Therapeutics gift with your purchase of any IPL PHOTOFACIAL, CHEMICAL PEEL, or FACIAL.


dermica photo facials Our advanced photofacial treatments are tailored to treat major skin conditions and deliver maximum results.

With just a quick pulse of light we can smooth skin, diminish brown spots, redness, and broken capillaries.

Dérmica photofacial treatments include:

ACLARA for pigment removal (read more)
ALISA for skin tightening (read more)
ALIVIA for redness removal (read more)

We use the Sharplight Formax system that features a patented Dynamic Pulse Control (DPC) technology. It delivers quick pulses of light into the skin on areas of the face, neck, arms, hands, and legs. The depth of light penetration is measured according to the condition being treated, thereby targeting only selected areas and layers of the skin.

CHEMICAL PEELS Our peels have been designed to safely remove the outer layers of the skin through the application of organic acids derived from various natural sources. This process brings fresh plump cells to the surface of the skin giving it a vibrant, healthy, smooth and even appearance.

Dérmica chemical peels include:

GRAPE ENZYME introductory-level peel for all skin types (read more)
SALICYLIC 20RX Peel for oily, acneic, and sun-damaged skin (read more)
GLYCOLACTIC 70RX Peel for fine lines, hyper pigmentation, sun damage and oily skin (read more)

We use CARA Skin Care for our peels. CARA Skin Care combines the power of innovative bio-botanical compounds and proven clinical-grade active ingredients.


dermica medesthetics facials All Dérmica facials are designed to meet your skin’s specific needs. Facial products are selected based on your expressed skin concerns in consultation with our skin specialist. We use professional skincare Glô Therapeutics to deliver personalized skincare solutions which can be maintained at home.

Dérmica facials include:

DERMICA FIX; a customized treatment-focused facial
DERMICA LUX; a custom facial treatment with added relaxation facial, neck, shoulder, and arm massage. Also includes brow shape
DERMICA MAN; a treatment focused facial treating male-specific conditions

Glô Therapeutics utilizes innovative technology and cutting edge research, to design their formulas with potent concentrations of active ingredients to clinically transform the skin.

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Not sure which treatment is right for you?

Try our TREATMENT SELECTION GUIDE to help you choose the best course of action for your skin. We offer free consultations with our Skin Expert who will analyze your skin condition, outline the benefits, and help you select the best treatment option.

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Extend the results of your skincare treatments!

When professionally treating your skin, it’s ideal to supplement your treatments with a proper homecare regimen. Professional skincare products add vitamins and nutrients that boost cell rejuvenation thereby extending the results of your treatments. Visit our ONLINE SKINCARE STORE to shop for professional Skincare products.


Not sure which products and ingredients are right for your skin type and concerns?

Try our HOME CARE SELECTION GUIDE to choose the right products to target your skin type and concerns!

This special is not valid with any other offer/promotion. Limit to one treatment per client; No pre-purchasing; While quantities last.

BOOK NOW and begin your journey to fresh smooth skin!

Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885-7108

The difference between LASER and IPL

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What is the difference between LASER and IPL?

A: IPL and Laser are light-based treatment methods used in the skincare and med esthetics industry to treat a variety of common skin conditions and permanent hair reduction.
The IPL and Laser equipment deliver their results by emitting a specific range of light energy towards a specific target in the skin. In a successful treatment the light energy is absorbed by water, blood, or pigment in the skin, which are eradicated without causing disruption the surrounding tissue.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

IPL technologies project flashes of light energy onto the surface of the skin. The handheld device is placed directly on the skin and flashed at set intervals. The device emits a broad band of light energy into the skin, which is then quickly absorbed by the target. The diameter covered by the spot size varies and is ideal for larger areas.

IPL treatments are said to have less discomfort involved during the procedure, and require shorter recover periods and visible down-time. The peak temperature during these sessions is typically lower than that of Laser, making it ideal for treating heat sensitive skin conditions such as Melasma and Rosacea.

LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation)

Lasers operate by emitting a single wave of steady or pulsed laser light into their target. Depending on the manufacturer of the Laser equipment, some lasers are not suitable for all skin tones or skin conditions; therefore the technician is required to use different attachments or machines for treatment.

The spot size used to treat with laser is more concentrated, therefore smaller, and procedure time can be longer. For treatment of skin conditions, Laser tends to have a longer period of recovery and visible down-time following sessions. Lasers are said to be ideal for treating leg veins and tattoo removal.

IPL and Laser are both safe and effective treatment methods for treating skin conditions and permanently reducing unwanted hair. It is important to remember that results vary with both methods, there are specific guidelines to follow pre/post treatment, and number of sessions can range from 4-12.

For clients who meet the skin and/or hair criteria for IPL or Laser, the success of treatment is also influenced by the quality of equipment being used, and the technician’s knowledge of operating light-based technology.

In summary, the major difference between the two IPL and Laser is the range of light energy emitted by the device. Regardless of whether you choose IPL or Laser, it is always best to do your research.

Love, Peace, and Great Skin!
Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

May Special

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Book you and a friend & each receives 20% OFF ANY MedEsthetics service!

Just in time for Mother’s Day, have a spa day with a friend and each receives 20% off any MedEsthetics service!

Our advanced treatments are tailored to treat major skin conditions and deliver maximum results. With our MedEsthetics menu, we can smooth skin, diminish brown spots, redness, broken capillaries, and remove unwanted facial and body hair.

Our MedEsthetics menu features: We offer MedEsthetics solutions:
  • Active Acne
  • Acne Scarring
  • Age spots/ Sun spots/ Dark spots
  • Loss of Elasticity/ Dull skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Large Pores
  • Uneven skin tone/ Melasma
  • Redness/ Broken capillaries/ Rosacea
  • Unwanted hair
Try our TREATMENT SELECTION GUIDE to see which MedEsthetics service is best suited for your skin concerns.
Offer ends May 31, 2016. This special is not valid with any other offer/promotion. No pre-purchasing.

Visit our Online Store to shop for professional Skincare products.
Try our Home Care Selection Guide to choose the right products to target your skin type and concerns!

Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

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