Hair Removal Specialist

New England Dry Eye & Aesthetics

Dry Eye Disease Specialists & Aesthetic Specialists located in Waterbury, CT

If you’re tired of the results you get from waxing or shaving, you may be an ideal candidate for the innovative hair removal treatments Dr. Edward H. Jaccoma, Shanda Curtin, RN and the Aesthetic staff offers at New England Dry Eye & Aesthetics in Kittery, Maine. Using intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments, Dr. Jaccoma and staff reduce unwanted body hair with long-lasting results. Schedule an appointment online or by calling the office to learn more about IPL treatments.

Hair Removal Q & A

New England Dry Eye & Aesthetics

What are intense pulsed light treatments?

Intense pulsed light treatments use wavelengths of light to reduce or remove unwanted hair on your:

  • Arms
  • Face
  • Legs
  • Back
  • Chest
  • Bikini area

Are IPL therapies safe?

Professional IPL treatments are safe and effective treatments for reducing or removing unwanted body hair with minimal side effects on all areas of the body, including your face.

IPL treatments target the underlying hair follicle and destroy it for long-lasting hair removal. If you have coarse, dark hair, the IPL treatment targets the melanin in the hair follicle to lighten the color and reduce the hair’s growth. Light colored hair (blonde, gray or light red) are less suitable for IPL hair removal and skin of darker color may not be suitable either.

Am I a good candidate for IPL treatments?

The Aesthetic staff completes a full evaluation of your skin before recommending IPL treatments for hair removal. Some conditions aren’t compatible with IPL treatments, including:

  • Wounds
  • Skin diseases
  • Skin cancer
  • Vascular disorders
  • Light sensitivities
  • Chronic illnesses

If you have tattoos or skin warts, IPL treatments may not be effective and could cause burns or unwanted skin color changes.

The Aesthetic staff determines the correct light wavelengths to use based on your skin type and hair color. The light reaches the targeted treatment area without causing damage to your skin. The light heats the hair follicle and makes it inactive. Hair no longer grows until the follicle becomes active again.

Does the IPL treatment hurt?

During the procedure, you may feel a slight stinging sensation, similar to the snapping of a rubber band on your skin. The Aesthetic staff may provide a numbing anesthetic cream before the procedure to prevent discomfort.

Following your treatment, you may experience a slight burning sensation similar to a mild sunburn. The Aesthetic staff recommends soothing moisturizers to relieve dry skin and promote healing.

What are the side effects of IPL treatments?

After your initial IPL treatment, you may experience:

  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Itching
  • Blistering
  • Mild burning

In most cases, symptoms resolve on their own within a few days. If other symptoms appear following treatment, let the Aesthetic staff know as soon as possible.

Following an IPL treatment, you need to avoid sun exposure to the treatment area and use a high-quality sunscreen until your skin heals completely.