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IPL Photofacial FAQ

How does an IPL Photofacial work?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a non-laser therapy that involves shining highly concentrated and intense beams of light intermittently on the surface of the skin. Photo refers to the beam of light, and facial refers to the face and/or neck region, though this treatment can be performed anywhere there is sun damage. The pulses of light target pigment and vascular irregularities, smoothing out the skin’s tone and texture.

IPL therapy helps to reduce the effects of aging, leaving clients with younger, clearer, and healthier-looking skin. It is not to be confused with laser therapy. Whereas laser therapy uses one particular wavelength of light, IPL therapy produces a spectrum of light.

Is an IPL Photofacial safe?

Yes, it is. When performed correctly by a certified, experienced technician, IPL Photofacial therapy is both safe and effective.

As a professional skin-care clinic, we will not perform any procedures without first assessing: your complete medical history; your current health condition; and any potential you may have for complications. Additionally, we provide all clients with protective eyewear that must be worn during treatment.

Which type of equipment does Laser Beauty Works use?

At Laser Beauty Works, we use only medical-grade, CSA-approved equipment. For IPL Photofacial treatments, we use the Palomar Starlux 500 Max G hand piece, which is considered to be leading-edge technology. All of our equipment is maintained and repaired by professional service technicians who have been certified by the equipment manufacturer.

Am I required to book a consultation prior to being treated?

Yes, we can book a complimentary consultation appointment for you with one of our certified technicians prior to scheduling any skin-rejuvenation treatment.  At this time, you should also share with us any past experience you have had with skin rejuvenation and/or laser skin treatments.

During your consultation, please inform your technician of any medications or natural health products you are taking; and of any underlying medical conditions you have. These are critical details that we must consider when customizing your skin rejuvenation treatments.

We encourage you to ask all of your questions during your consultation so that we can address your concerns prior to beginning your treatment. It is important to us that: you are well informed before you begin IPL Photofacial treatments and; you feel comfortable with our clinic and your technician.

Is IPL Photofacial treatment painful?

Most clients like IPL to the gentle snap of an elastic band against the skin. Others experience it as a very short pinprick. While no anesthetic is required, we do cool the skin, which helps to minimize any discomfort.

What are the benefits of IPL Photofacial treatment?

IPL Photofacial treatments require no anesthetic and they involve little or no downtime. As few as one or two treatments can reduce spots, smooth uneven pigmentation, help repair broken facial capillaries and veins, and reduce the redness associated with rosacea. Additional treatments will continue to improve tone, texture, and stimulate the dermis to produce more collagen.

What are the possible side effects of IPL Photofacial treatment?

By definition, IPL therapy involves short, intense pulses of light being delivered to the skin. As a result, you may experience small raised bumps and redness in the treatment area shortly after your treatment.  Temporary darkening of pigmented lesions and minor swelling is also common. This will subside in a few days and is no cause for alarm.

How long is a typical treatment?

A typical treatment can last anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. Because there is little or no downtime, you can have an IPL Photofacial during your lunch break.

How many treatments will I need?

The ideal number of treatments will depend upon your skin and the issues you wish to address. We usually prefer a series of three to five treatments for you to achieve optimum results.

Pre and Post-Treatment Instructions:

 Pre-Treatment Care:

Please:

  • Avoid use of Accutane for at least eight months.
  • Avoid natural and artificial tanning (including spray tan and self-tanning lotions) for a minimum of four weeks.
  • Discontinue the use of Retin-A, Retinol, glycolics, bleaching creams, and exfoliants on treatment area one week prior.
  • Shave any hair present in the treatment area. Men should shave twice to ensure the hair is as short as possible.
  • Gently cleanse the area, removing all makeup and lotions.
  • For treatment of pigmented lesions, consult your physician if there is a family history of skin cancer or other genetic diseases.

 Post-Treatment Care:

Please:

  • Avoid activities that induce excessive sweating—hot tubs, saunas, hot showers, whirlpools, and vigorous workouts—for one to two days.
  • Apply a cold compress—not ice—to help reduce redness and swelling.
  • Do not pick or scratch any darkened, pigmented areas that begin to flake.
  • Avoid natural and artificial tanning—including self-tanner and spray tans—for a minimum of four weeks.
  • Apply a minimum SPF 45 (UVA/UVB) sunblock every two hours during sun exposure up to four weeks.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment if skin is broken or blistering.
  • Use gentle cleansers with lukewarm water. Do not rub skin vigorously. Moisturizer may be applied.

Covid-19 Update- New Strict Guidelines

 

First and most importantly, we hope that you and your loved ones have remained safe and healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Your well-being and safety are extremely important to us, as is the health and safety of our staff.   

 

We will be re-opening for business on May 18thWe are taking extra precautionary measures to ensure that we provide and maintain the safest environment as we come together again.  The staff at Laser Beauty Works will follow all new, extremely strict protocols to ensure the safety of our team, our incredible clients and our community.  

 

Outlined are the guidelines which ALL clients must follow until further notice:  

 

PLEASE READ THIS IN IT’S ENTIRETY!!! 

 

We strongly advise immunocompromised, at risk and vulnerable clients to really consider your risks before scheduling an appointment in order to reduce your exposure to COVID-19 and any other major health-related illnesses during this crucial time. 

 

We ask that if you are experiencing any illness or symptoms (fever, coughing, flu-like symptoms, sore throat, etc) or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19to please reschedule your appointment. 

 

It is mandatory for ALL clients to wear a face mask at all times.  If you do not have a face mask on before entering, we will refuse service and you will need to call and reschedule your appointment.  

 

In order to follow occupancy regulations, there will be no reception seating available.  We ask that you please arrive to your appointment at your exact appointment time - not earlier or later. There will be no exceptions! In order to do this, we recommend that you arrive early and wait in your car until your appointment time to come up. Please do not bring anyone else with you.   

 

We ask that all clients wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds in the hallway restroom before entering our business space.  We will also provide hand sanitizer in all the treatment rooms for you to use before your treatment. 

 

No cell phones, electronic devices or laptops.  We also kindly ask that you do not bring in any outside food or drinks.  Our lounge/reception area will be closed until further notice so we will not be able to provide you with any complimentary water at this time. Our apologies in advance. 

 

Upon arrival, you will be asked to sign a COVID-19 Consent in order to be treated.  If you do not agree to sign this, you will not be treated. We will be taking everyone’s temperature with a device that is held close to your forehead and will read your temperature immediately. If you have a fever, you will be asked to leave and reschedule. All staff members will also have their temperaturetaken before each shift.  

 

If you arrive at your appointment showing any visible signs of illness (ex: cough, fever, shortness of breath), even while wearing a face mask, you will be turned away and you will need to reschedule when healthy.  

 

Our “No Show/ No Call Cancellation Policy will still apply to all appointments. 

 

We are following all COVID-19 Health and Safety guidelines from the CDC and DORA (Colorado Dept of Regulatory Division of Professions and Occupations).  Each room will be sanitized after each client to ensure your safety.  We have extended our in-between treatment times to ensure plenty of time for this. 

 

Please understand that we may not be able to perform any face treatments that would require you to remove your face mask.  We are still waiting for a confirmation from DORA as to when we can lift this restriction.  We will be updating you on this as soon as we know. 

 

As a further precaution, we will not be accepting any cash payments as a payment method for services or gratuity.  According to the World Health Organization, cash could be contributing to the spread of the coronavirus and contactless payments are strongly advised.  We will be accepting both debit and credit cards for payment and Venmo as a preferred method of gratuity. 

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition.  We appreciate all of you very much and we look forward to seeing you soon! 

 

Leanne, Melissa and the team at Laser Beauty Works!