OMAHA, NEBRASKA -- BUYER BEWARE!!! This place is a scam and full of liars who will tell you whatever you want to hear. I had started treatments here about two years ago and I am much worse off now than I was two years ago. First off, at my consultation, I was told “You are a perfect candidate” and “hair grows in three phases so after three treatments you will have no more hair and the rest of the treatments are just for spot treating." So I was pressured at the consultation to sign the paperwork so they could hurry up and start working on me right away. (mistake number one)
Well after about four treatments, I spoke to someone about my concerns because I still had almost all of my hair growing back (And when they tell you hair doesn't grow back darker and coarser, they are lying to you some more because in fact it does). While talking to this employee about the situation, I was assured they would take care of me. They said if they needed to get me extra treatments at no charge they would to guarantee I would not be unsatisfied with the product. This was promised to me several times so at this point I went on with the treatments hoping they would stick to their word (get it in writing).
Close to the end of my paid treatments (I was paying for my whole entire arm, front and back up to my shoulders) I was pointing out to the technicians that the past couple times, the technician had completely skipped the back of my arm. I voiced my concern again because they charge you based on the area you are doing. So I am now paying for the service they are not providing me. When I pointed this out, once again I was promised extra free treatments to make up for the missed sections. I had accepted that offer at this time. (I should have gotten it in writing!!!)
During my last paid treatment, once again I voiced how I don't think the treatments had been working the whole time. She once again said she would file an unsatisfactory report for me and get me extra treatments till the problem was fixed. She schedules me for my next appointment and I come back as scheduled. This time however, I am asked for like $150 before they will treat me. When I inquire about this charge, I find out no one had ever filed anything about free treatments.
At this point when I point out how I am not happy with this product and was promised it would be taken care of, they pull me in back and look at my arms and are like “oh yea, it appears you still have a lot of hair. Let me take some pictures and file an unsatisfactory report which will take two weeks. And we will call you back then and if that doesn't work we can talk about getting your money back.”
It has been over a month and I have heard nothing back from them. My hair on my arms is WAY worse off now than it ever was before I started. They had charged me almost $5,000 for this service. I feel like this place is a scam and they will continue to tell you whatever you want to hear until they have taken all your money. This place is successful because of misrepresentation. They will promise you things the whole entire time but will not act on any of it. If they ever end up making the situation right, I will take down this review but in the meantime, look out for this place. IT IS A SCAM!!!
WEST JORDAN, UTAH -- I would avoid Ideal Image for all of your services but especially their cosmetic injections. I am a former employee for this company. I was trained for 2 days on injections to the lips, NLF Marionette lines and botox/dysport. I felt the training to be inadequate and discussed this with my manager and even the company's HR department. Their response was if I would just practice I would feel more comfortable and get better. Mind you practicing meant on paying customers. I did practice on a co-worker who ended up in the Emergency room. The company didn't have any resources for her when she was dealing with swelling in which looks like her lips might explode.
I discussed this with my medical preceptor who suggested that I follow her around to learn some techniques. This left me feeling even more frustrated because she (the medical preceptor for multiple states) injected the wrong product into a paying guest's lips... She didn't even write up an incident report or let the guest know. Most of the providers felt like the training and ability to give a good treatment was unsatisfactory. After I put my foot down stating that I felt it unethical to practice on paying guests when I couldn't deliver what I felt to be a satisfactory treatment I was laid off because they were "overstaffed".
When guests return upset with their hair loss results or crappy injections (which is frequently) the company does little to remedy this or provide good customer service. If you are reading good reviews I would be very cautious. The company coerces guests to get online and give them positive reviews by enticing them with free product. So beware of positively inflated reviews. The other thing I would keep in mind and it does state this in very small print in the contract but guests never seem to read these, their lasers can STIMULATE hair growth. Yes you heard right. You might come out with more hair than when you started!!!
Their wonderful lifetime treatments doesn't mean a lifetime with free treatments... You pay a "co-pay" for these treatments and it can be $150 dollars or more a time. They claim they have top of the line lasers and that they use nurses. After doing these treatments for almost three years I can tell you that it doesn't make that big of a difference.
My sister works at a dermatology office. She's not a nurse. They use the same laser. They charge one tenth of the price and it works every bit as good. Go somewhere else. Don't trust that "Yes it may cost $7,000 or more for your legs but it's worth it and the financing is awesome." This is not a company that I would ever consider using. All they care about is building a bigger company and how many millions of dollars they can bring in a year.
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO -- I have been going to Ideal Image for almost 10 years. I have had many parts of my body treated. After about 4 years I noticed hair coming back so I started getting touch ups again. There has been a complete change from the way Ideal Image used to be ran to the way it is ran now. The inconsistency of service is terrible.
The first four years I went for treatments they always made me feel like they understood my embarrassment and they genuinely wanted to make sure when I was paying $1700.00 for an area that it was treated correctly and the hair was gone even if it took additional treatments they did it right. Now it's managed very differently where every pulse is charged after 40 and it costs $50.00 per touch up for 40 pulses.
I had the front part of my neck treated because of PCOS and hirsutism and the first four years they treated all the way to my ears covering the whole under part of my neck. They shaved all of it every treatment and then treated it. When I returned for the touch up they said the part of my neck they always treated before was not covered and I could pay to have that done. It's ridiculous.
I do appreciate the people and know they are just doing what they are trained to do but I have spent massive amounts of money at Ideal Image to have no hair on certain parts of my body and the way every pulse is charged now is crazy. When I get a touch up on a part of my body I have paid for the entire part of the body should be treated again. Not just 40 spots. I should get a thorough treatment on the whole area if it's needed. I have spoken to the manager about getting other areas done but have chosen to not work with Ideal Image in the future because of this.
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI -- I have completed my treatments with Ideal Image (underarms, lower leg, and bikini).. Overall I am very happy with the results. HOWEVER a few things to note - like don't throw away your razor: MISLEADING ADVERTISEMENTS. Hair "removal" should be clarified to Hair "Reduction". After my 9th treatment when I pointed out to the nurse that there was still come hair the word "reduction" was suddenly offered up.
Read the details of what "LIFETIME GUARANTEE" means. While I thought I did my due diligence in asking a number of questions on the front end shame on me for not reading all the details of my contract. That is my fault. However shame on Ideal Image for being intentionally misleading. I specifically told the laser activates hairs that may otherwise have never grown which is how they are able to remove all hair.
I then pushed more and asked, "what if your hormones do change and new hair grows," to which I was told this would be covered under my lifetime guarantee. Unfortunately lifetime guarantee does not mean the thousands of dollars you have already spent will cover those unwanted hairs. It means you can pay the lifetime guarantee cost to have them removed.
MAINTENANCE - I further learned that it is expected to need to come back for maintenance after your hair "removal" is completed. Some people as often as 3 or 4 times a year! Needless to say I was really pissed off my last appointment when I learned this is to be expected because I was never told this during my consultation even with my probing questions. Furthermore, your maintenance costs are not a set fee - it is based on how many laser pulses you need! I am sorry - I have very long legs. That could be several hundred dollars per maintenance visit.
Again overall I am happy and do only shave about once a month which is so much nicer than everyday. I am just unhappy in supporting a company that is misleading. Especially since I so highly recommended them during my treatments and have several friends and family that signed up. I wish I had known the above items so that I could disclose those with my recommendation. I also really hope that my once a month shaving continues and that I don't find myself shaving more and more frequently as more time passes from my last treatment.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- I went in in November or December 2014 to get my underarms treated for $1499. In February I told them I'd need to cancel the treatments because I was moving out of the country. At the point, I had only gotten two treatments on one underarm and one on the other (had cellulitis) so really 2.5 treatments. While in the other country I was still being billed! So, I had to call long distance to get this taken care of. They said the person in charge would call me back, she never would. After multiple calls and no call back, I filed a dispute and they credit about $550 back but the balance was still over $800 and they kept billing me.
I called again, promised a call back, and still no call backs! Last night a collections agency called me as a result of their lack of professionalism and dealing with complaints. They don't deal, they let your credit score you work hard to upkeep go hay wire. I called them again saying I would not pay for a service I was no longer using! Especially not $800+ for two and a half treatments. If the regional manager doesn't call back, as promised, I will take matters into my own hands!
OMAHA, NEBRASKA -- Thought I was getting a great deal, turns out it was all a scam like the other posts suggest. I paid over 3K for bikini laser hair removal which doesn't even include your back side! While there is significant hair loss, I do still have dark brown hair growth that they say "won't go away because the hair is too thin." They also burnt my skin very badly last time.
When I called to tell them they had me come in to get some pictures but then nothing else was done. Three months later and I still have burn scars where the pigmentation in my skin is much lighter than the rest of my skin. I would NOT recommend using Ideal Image. The staff is friendly but the amount it costs is not worth it! I have since gone to Village Point Med Spa for other laser hair removal treatment. They charge 1K for the same treatment INCLUDING the back side. I will never recommend Ideal to anyone.
TAMPA, FLORIDA -- Yes, it's a nice, private, clean, nice staff, yadda-yadda... but that doesn't take away from the fact that it's a scheme, a scam! I paid around $5,000 for 5 areas. It was considered 5 areas just to keep adding thousands but in essence I only had a few coarse hairs here and there on my face, neck, & chest area that I was tired of plucking and didn't want to shave. I was told in the consult that I would get free touch ups for life. So, I thought, smooth skin and no blemishes from plucking? I will take it!! Once I came back to sign contract, I was told touch ups would be a small copay.
Almost 3 years later: the hairs aren't as coarse, but they STILL grow and now WAY MORE! I went from having 2 or 3 hairs on my jawline, to a full 12 o'clock shadow, peach fuzz so I feel like I HAVE to go get the expensive touch-ups or shave. It's so much hair now that shaving will make my face look like my hubby's. I can't even afford to get touch-ups in all my original areas, for I would be paying hundreds per visit.
Keep your money & do a pay as you go deal with another company. They will tell you, "Maybe you have a hormonal imbalance", but don't fall for it. It initially seems awesome with having to shave less, but years later I am absolutely ashamed of the way I was handled with Ideal Image. I can't even get into the bumps and scarring from the laser.
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA -- I am in a very bad financial situation but also, really need to feel better about myself. They had a Groupon sale and I got it even though I shouldn't have. I was promised that I would notice a difference in my clothes. Just about eight pounds overweight, but can't get rid of a flank problem. I was promised I would notice a difference by the salesperson and then once again by the person who did the treatment. I explained that I really could not afford to do this but if it would make a difference in the area that I couldn't lose I would do it.
Have not lost even a pinch. Of course the person I met today was not either person that promised me that there would be a difference and she said they never should have said that. Bait & switch. Waste of $2500!!! The women who took the pictures was trying to tell me that she could see the difference, but trust me, NONE. Don't believe what they say or waste your money unless you can afford to have many treatments & then maybe it would work. I only have a small problem and it did nothing! RIP OFF! Will never go back there for anything again
BROOKFIE, WISCONSIN -- I spent $4000 to get my lower legs done. Their ads that say you can throw out your shaver are a lie. After several treatments, I still have some leg hair that has to be shaved. Also, you can't get tan at all during the treatment period or they won't do them. The whole process takes 1-2 years. They don't mention this when you sign up. Who is going to stay out of the sun for a year? I feel like for $4000 I should have no hair. Would not get this done again. Everyone there was nice and professional. Only plus.
OCALA, FLORIDA -- I am a male and did my whole face and my whole hair outline all around (tape). I did all 8 treatments that I paid for which was around $2,000. After still having hair, they gave me 4 treatments for free and today I look worse than ever. I should have stayed shaving, it's not worth it. Now, I look terrible with hair patches on my face and still shaving. When I went back after the last treatment, they said I had to start a new contract and pay way more money $$$$$ . I really hope this business goes down the drain. Don't waste your time and money. Trust me!