Cosmetic Dermatology

Laser Hair Removal Newton Centre MA

Laser Hair Removal with GentleLASE®

GentleLASE® by Candela is an advanced Alexandrite laser system that provides fast, safe, and effective laser hair removal. It safely targets unwanted body hair without damaging the structures of the skin. The advanced GentleLASE system can be used to treat any area of the body.

The GentleLASE procedure is usually most effective on patients with dark hair and light skin. Most patients only experience a tingling or snapping sensation like a rubber band. The length of the procedure can range from just a few minutes up to an hour, depending on the size of the treated area.

Ideal Candidates

The ideal patient for the GentleLASE procedure is someone with dark hair growth who is unhappy with appearance of the hair and is seeking a long-term, simple solution. Excessive hair growth may be caused by a number of different reasons, including puberty, pregnancy, menopause, heredity, medication or disease.

Other patients with normal hair growth, who are tired of constantly shaving, waxing or tweezing their unwanted hair may benefit from this procedure as well. The GentleLASE procedure is usually most effective on patients with dark hair and light skin, although most patients are able to achieve successful results. It is important for patients to have realistic expectations about laser hair removal in order to be satisfied with their results. Light hair does not respond well to this treatment.

Procedure

During the GentleLASE procedure, the laser is moved across the targeted area with a handheld device that treats the area with intense laser pulses. Hair follicles in the growth state are disabled. The length of the procedure can range from just a few minutes up to an hour, depending on the size of the treated area.

Although the hair follicles are heated and destroyed, the surface of the skin is protected by a cooling device during the procedure. The patented Dynamic Cooling Device™ (DCD) keeps the skin comfortably cool during and after treatment, soothing and protecting as the laser energy heats the hair follicles to reduce hair growth. Generally, a topical numbing cream is used to reduce the feel to a tingling or snapping sensation like a rubber band. There is no bleeding during this procedure since the laser energy penetrates only the hair follicles deep within the skin.

Since the laser can only disable hair follicles that are in the active growth cycle and not those that are dormant, patients will need four to six treatment sessions in order to treat all of the follicles as they enter the growing phase in the targeted area. Each session can treat approximately one-quarter to one-third of the follicles in the targeted area. Once treated, hair may fall out immediately or will shed within one to three weeks after treatment.

Recovery and Results

After the GentleLASE procedure, patients may experience redness and minor swelling in the treated area for about an hour, although these symptoms may last for up to two days. Since the laser can only disable hair follicles that are in the active growth cycle and not those that are resting or shedding, patients typically need six to eight treatment sessions in order to treat all of the follicles in the targeted area. Once treated, hair may fall out immediately or will shed within one to three weeks after treatment.


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