Laser Hair Removal
Combining the capabilities of two Best-in-Class lasers – GentleLASE and GentleYAG – Candela announces GentleMAX® PRO– the first multiple wavelength workstation uniquely configured to address aesthetic medicines’ most commonly requested procedures, including permanent hair reduction, leg and facial vein removal, vascular and pigmented lesion removal.
How long do sessions take?
Sessions can be as fast as 15 minutes up to an hour, depending on the size and number of treated areas.
Does it hurt?
Some patients may feel a slight discomfort with the laser pulse, sometimes described as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. This discomfort is minimized by Candela’s DCD cooling. For some patients, a topical anesthetic may be used prior to treatment. Be sure to discuss this with your practitioner.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
The number of sessions depends on the treatment you require and the condition of your skin. For hair removal, most people require at least 6 to 8 treatments, as the process is only effective when the hair follicle is in its active growth phase. Other conditions may clear in as few as one treatment, but many factors impact the efficacy of individual laser treatments, including the severity of the condition being treated.
How do I prepare for treatment?
Patients scheduled for hair removal should avoid electrolysis or hair waxing for six weeks prior to treatment. If you have had a history of perioral herpes and are scheduled for facial hair treatment, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed. Also, any hair should be shaved, and your skin should be thoroughly cleaned and dried, removing any makeup, cream, or oils on its surface before laser treatment.
What can I expect after treatment?
Patients should avoid sun exposure before and after treatment, and should apply sun block (SPF 30 or above) when going outdoors.
Are there side effects with laser hair removal?
Your risks are minimal. Side effects may include purpura (a laser bruise), redness, blistering, hyper pigmentation, hypo pigmentation, and swelling in the treated area-these usually do not last more than a few days.
What precautions should I take after treatment?
After laser treatment, avoid sun exposure. In the first few days after treatment, don’t scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers. Your practitioner may advise additional precautions.