This Informed Consent Booklet has been prepared by Indigo Salon and Day Spa to help to inform you about the potential benefits and associated risks of, as well as the alternatives to, Venus VersaTM Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal treatments.
During your consultation and medical assessment Indigo Salon and Day Spa, will have reviewed with you the potential benefits and associated risks of, as well as the alternatives to, the Venus VersaTM IPL hair removal treatments that are outlined in this booklet. They will have also provided you with answers to any questions you may have had about your procedure.
It is important that you carefully read the information contained in this booklet. Only when all of your questions and concerns about the procedures have been addressed should you then initial each page, indicating that you have fully read and understood all the items discussed in this booklet. When you reach the end of the booklet, please sign the consent for the procedure as proposed by Indigo Salon and Day Spa. If you have any remaining questions or concerns about the potential benefits and associated risks of, or the alternatives to, the Venus VersaTM IPL hair removal treatments outlined in this book, do not initial any pages or sign the consent without first speaking with Indigo Salon and Day Spa.
Venus VersaTM IPL hair removal treatments are proven, high-tech hair removal procedures. Published studies indicate that IPL treatments can significantly reduce the appearance of unwanted hair with very little maintenance.
Venus VersaTM IPL hair removal treatments direct intense pulsed light energy at the skin to disable the growth center of the hair, called the hair follicle. This is possible through a process of “selective photothermolysis,” or “radiophotothermolysis,” whereby the energy is absorbed by and injures only those tissues around the target. At the base of the hair follicle and hair shaft are pigment cells. The light emitted from the Venus VersaTM IPL device applicator has a specific energy level that lasts a specific duration such that its absorption by the pigment in the hair follicle is maximized. When the energy is absorbed, the heat released is sufficient to disable the hair follicle, which interrupts its ability to produce a hair shaft (a process called “selective photothermolysis”). While delivering the energy to the hair follicle, it is important to cool the skin to avoid injury. A cooling crystal is integrated in the Venus VersaTM IPL applicator to assist with patient comfort and safety.
Following Venus VersaTM IPL hair removal treatments, there may be a minor degree of redness and puffiness to the skin, with some tingling or discomfort. These effects usually disappear within 1 hour or up to 2 days. You may apply makeup, body lotion, and sunscreen immediately following treatment and can return to your regular daily activities with no downtime. It is highly recommended you discuss a maintenance program to maintain the cosmetic improvements you obtain with your Venus VersaTM IPL hair removal treatments.
Before beginning a Venus VersaTM IPL hair removal treatment program, you must first attend an assessment and information consultation with a treatment professional, during which your skin type, hair concerns, expectations, and goals will be assessed and discussed. The treatment professional will work with you to select the best treatment or combination of treatments for your unwanted hair concerns, expectations, and aesthetic goals. The estimated duration and cost of each session or series of sessions will also
be provided to you during this time. If you are a candidate for Venus VersaTM IPL hair removal treatments, you may schedule your treatments and test spots at the time of this initial consultation.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF VENUS VERSATM IPL HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENTS
The most obvious potential benefit of Venus VersaTM IPL hair removal treatments is the long-term reduction of unwanted hair.
RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH VENUS VERSATM IPL HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENTS
Although the vast majority of Venus VersaTM IPL hair removal treatment patients never experience any complications after treatment, you should still discuss each of these items with your treatment provider to ensure you fully understand the alternatives, risks, and average outcomes of Venus VersaTM IPL hair removal treatments, and the different circumstances that may affect your results.