Hi, I’m from Sydney, Australia.
Towards the end of last year (summer in Aust), I spent about $1,500 on IPL hair removal from a “certified” physician who is qualified in the area of hair removal and spider vein removal. After the consultation, she said I was a good candidate for hair removal using IPL (she said my fair skin and dark hair are a good combo).
On the day of the treatment however, she wasn’t the one treating me. I didn’t know until I arrived. Being my first time doing IPL, I thought ok, I’m sure her assistant knows what she’s doing. The pain wasn’t like a rubber band flicking at you, sometimes it was, most of the time it hurt!
But for the sake of vanity I said to myself that the pain was worth it, so I laid there looking at the ceiling while she zapped away at my leg hair.
There were a few areas on my back where she concentrated on over and over again. Which left my skin red and looked like a severe sunburn. She reassured me that it will go away soon.
After she finished, she realised some of the hair was still there so she used her fingers to manually “yank” them out!
SO I’m also paying for a wax job…
Afterwards, I was thinking that after I recover from the redness I can bare my smooth hair free legs in public.
But 1 month passed and the hair grew back with no noticeable difference (it would’ve been more cost effective if I went to salon for a wax) and the burn marks were STILL THERE.
The red burn mark on my back near my shoulder didn’t recover like she said it would.
And now, its been 7 months since I had the IPL. I still can’t bare my legs because some of the burn marks are still there. I was too afraid to even tell my boyfriend about it, resorting to wearing black stockings to cover up.
The burn on my back had faded a lil but it now looks redish pink. Like someone burned a chunk of my skin off.
There were nights I sat there depressed thinking I’m going to stuck with the marks for a long long time.
Now I put on lightening creams everynight and it has helped fade the marks.
Overall, ladies, please research thoroughly before going to anyone for treatment. Its expensive and the wrong person doing the job can mean a WORLD of difference. Make sure its a physician not their assistant or other staff. Make sure you make them write out the costs and sign it before you commit to treatment (mine one increased the costs the day I had treatment). Ask how experienced are they and how many clients they’ve dealt with and what are the potential side effects and risks and if it happens what will she/he do to reimburst you.
Lastly, ask for recent clients whom you can contact to ask for results! I hope my story can prevent others from having a horrible experience with IPL or other lasers for hair removal.