Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF IPL OVER WAXING, SHAVING OR OTHER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENTS?
IPL is much more comfortable than waxing, electrolysis, and even traditional laser. The cost is less than other technology methods. Although it may be slightly more expensive in the short-term, in the long run it will save you thousands of dollars over other hair removal options, like waxing.
IS IPL LASER HAIR REMOVAL PERMANENT?
IPL hair removal provides semi-permanent relief. Most Alluring Look Laser members receiving treatment can expect 60-90% permanent hair reduction. Any hair that does grow back will usually be lighter, finer and thinner. Please keep in mind that new hair follicles can form over time. Especially for women as they go through many hormonal changes. After completing treatment, members may need to return 1 or 2 times a year for occasional touch-ups. Touch-ups are offered at a discounted rate for those that completed Alluring Look’s IPL treatment.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED BEFORE TREATMENT IS COMPLETE?
We tell clients to plan on a year or a little more for treatment, on average. Most people will need 8-12 sessions for satisfactory results. You may see results as early as your first session however most clients do not report significant changes until about the third session. Your Hair Removal Specialist can start to update you on expected number of treatments after your mid-treatment review.
HOW LONG DOES EACH SESSION TAKE?
A single area session can last anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes, depending on the area and your hair type. Your Hair Removal Specialist will review this information in your Personalized Treatment Plan on your first visit.
DOES IPL TREATMENT HURT? IS IT SAFE?
Most people describe our treatment as painless. However, each person has different sensitivity levels. If we feel that this treatment will not be safe or effective for your skin and hair type, we will recommend another hair removal method for your personalized treatment plan. Our well-trained specialists operate FDA cleared machines that provide safe and effective treatment. The greatest risk during treatment occurs by not following the guidelines for safe treatment or failing to disclose medical information.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRADITIONAL LASER HAIR REMOVAL AND IPL HAIR REMOVAL?
Both provide similar results within a similar time-frame. Traditional laser is a focused beam of light, while IPL is a broader spectrum of wavelengths. Generally, if there’s any type of skin reaction during treatment it is more likely to be permanent with traditional laser. Please also understand that in the state of Oregon any ablative/true laser can only be operated by a RN or Doctor which is why costs are also higher. You may need additional treatments with IPL over traditional laser. But, each person and each area will react differently. You may find that traditional laser did not work for you, but IPL laser could be highly effective. Most people feel that IPL is much more comfortable and certainly more affordable.
CAN YOU TREAT BLOND, GREY, RED OR WHITE HAIR?
IPL laser hair removal works best on light skin with dark hair. It focuses heat on the melanin in the hair and carries it into the follicle. Hairs with minimal or no melanin will not be able to get long-term results and will take more sessions to see desired hair reduction.
DOES IPL WORK ON DARKER SKIN?
Because IPL laser hair removal focuses on the melanin, it may either be ineffective or pose risk in areas with little contrast between skin and hair color. The test patch can help us decide if an area may suitable for IPL treatment. Some people with darker skin tones find that they can safely get IPL laser treatment in some areas, but may need to do waxing, threading or depilatory products in other areas. With our SHR IPL we can treat skin types 1-6 safely but we do so cautiously on darker skin.
Before Your Appointment
Please be sure to completely shave the area you wish to have treated. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun for at least 2 weeks prior to scheduling, this includes spray tanning and other self tanners. Please come free of lotions, makeup and deodorant.