How to tell a high quality IPL/Photorejuvenation treatment from one that isn’t.
You raise a good point. How DO you tell if the treatment is good quality? Often, especially at spas, because the laser industry sells different machines to them usually, the problem is that the IPL itself doesn’t have enough power, or the nurse or “tech” doesn’t have enough training.
I don’t recommend going back to them with this though. It’s not a good sign -EVER – if you have to try to educate them. Please find a better clinic.
Here are some tips:
- You should be able to see visible results with almost every treatment after 1-3 weeks have passed. The exception is when you are getting to the end of a series or you skin is close to perfect, you won’t see as much result because there isn’t very much for the laser to do;
- A great treatment will “layer” the filters so that area is actually being gone over with different filters 2-4 times, unless you are just spot treating (usually not a great option with IPLs), and yes – doing your legs – should take longer than 10 minutes.
- You get good pre-laser and post-laser written and verbal instructions from your provider;
- The gel can be moved around and it won’t change the treatment, but fresh gel is nicer because it’s often cooler. Also, the thickness of the gel does matter to a certain extent. Ideally, there is a thin, even layer over the skin – not lumpy, thicker areas – to facilitate even absorption of the laser energy.
Hope this helps, Dr. I