The safety, comfort, and satisfaction with the results is the goal of our center. We use the most advanced and most comfortable laser units. All laser treatments are performed by professionals with extensive experience who can remove hair effectively from anywhere on your body.
Hair that you want to be removed needs to be in active growth, meaning – do not remove it using wax. Laser reacts to the color of the follicle (black root). Before beginning laser hair removal treatment only shave your hair. Talk to our specialist to receive pre-treatment details. Our consultation is absolutely free.
The laser releases a beam of light that passes through the skin reaching the hair follicle. The follicle absorbs this energy, and the heat is produced. Eventually this heat destroys the follicle and it is no longer able to produce new hair. The surrounding tissue is unharmed.
Note, lasers come in all different wave lengths (and we have a great variety of laser systems). Depending on your skin type and hair color and structure, one machine may be better for you than another.
Most patients are able to go through the entire procedure without any anesthetics. We do provide additional comfort by applying cooling gel to the treated area. Some patients describe it as a series of slight pin pricks. After the procedure, the treated area may become pink or red, but this only lasts for a few hours.
Every patient is unique. We offer a free consultation with a specialist to determine the best treatment plan. Patients’ hair varies in strength and color. Patients’ skin responds differently to laser and its intensity. Interestingly, the laser works best on darker hair (laser responds to darker color best), and works less effectively on gray hair, very light hair, “baby” hair (on cheeks). Since our hair grows in cycles, several treatments are necessary to see which follicles are still producing hair and which areas need a repeated treatment. Typically in 5-8 treatments patients receive desired hair reduction results. Treatments are spaced from 4-6 weeks apart.
Erythema (redness) and slight edema (swelling) are very normal after having a laser treatment and usually resolve after a day or two. However, patients receiving treatment for benign pigmented lesions and “laser peels” may experience micro crusting or even sloughing of the skin for a week to ten days.
Because many of the lasers made by Candela have absorption by melanin/pigment, we advise that patients avoid ANY sun exposure, tanning beds, and sunless tanning products for at least 2 weeks prior to treatment and 2 weeks after. The only treatment that can be performed on patients with a tan is laser hair reduction and should only be performed using the GentleYAG laser. Still, patients should avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for 1 week prior to treatment and 2 weeks after. The GentleYAG has no absorption of sunless tanning products.
Bruising, or purpura, is typically caused by energy being delivered into the skin too quickly. Particularly with the Vbeam and GentleYAG for vascular anomalies. Also to be considered are medications or herbal supplements such as, ibuprofen, aspirin, vitamin E and fish oils. We also advise that patients avoid being treated soon after exercise. Vascular dilation creates more targets that may bruise.
The difference is the diameter. Finer hair has a lesser diameter than coarser hairs. This is important when determining the pulse duration of the treatment parameters. Remember we select our pulse duration dependent on the TRT or thermal relaxation time. The larger the structure, the longer the thermal relaxation time, thus the longer pulse duration required.
The number of treatments required is dependent on several factors. First, what is the indication being treated? Hair requires more treatments than vascular lesions for example and what body area being treated for hair will also play a factor in number of treatments. Also, every patient responds differently therefore Jane Doe may need more treatments than Jill Doe.
Micro–crusting is a result of heating the epidermis. When treating benign pigmented lesions, the object is to heat the abnormal pigment (dark spot) and as a result the pigment is cooked and turns a darker color. This result is the micro–crusting. Please remember that patients need to keep these areas moist with an ointment and to avoid picking, scratching, or aggressively washing the area.
The pulse duration selection is dependent on the TRT, or thermal relaxation time of a structure. When treating hair, you should notice that hairs will have different diameters. The greater the diameter, the longer the thermal relaxation time, thus the longer pulse duration being required. Most practitioners will use 10ms for the first couple of treatments in most areas before moving to a shorter pulse duration of 3ms. The 20ms pulse duration is almost exclusively used for PFB (pseudo-follicular barbae).
It is not necessary to smell a burnt hair odor. The clinical endpoint practitioners should look for is peri–follicular edema.
As treatments progress, hairs that grow will usually be lighter, finer and maybe a little tougher to treat. Usually increasing the fluence to achieve greater absorption by these lighter hairs will be more effective. Always remember to judge a patients skin type to assist in determining an effective, but safe fluence.
There are no clinical studies showing that the DCD has ever caused Cancer.
It is very important to utilize a smoke evacuator when performing laser hair reduction treatments. The plume is a carcinogen that should not be inhaled. There have been no reports of HSV or HIV as a result of laser hair reduction treatments; however HPV can become an aerosol and inhalation should be avoided.
There have been studies that have shown that too low of a fluence can stimulate limited hair growth.
Shaving does not activate an anagen cycle. The mechanical action of shaving is to remove the hair above the skins surface. It has no effect on the hair follicle or surrounding structures.
All of the lasers from Candela have some photorejuvenation properties. Heat created by these devices will stimulate the bodies own ability to produce collagen. What can be differentiated is the fact that different wavelengths have different depths of penetration into the skin. 1064nm would penetrate the deepest and 1450nm the shallowest. The rest fall in between.
No due to the limited depth of penetration neither the organs or lymph nodes should absorb the laser light
It depends on the medication and the topical being used by the patient. Patients should be off of Accutane for at least 6 months prior to laser treatments. Other medications should be examined and a test spot be performed if there is any concern of an adverse reaction. Retinoids should also be ceased 3–5 days prior to laser treatment as they can create excessive redness. A list of photosensitizing drugs can be found here: (0920–23–0011)
Practitioners should avoid treating inside the orbital rim.
When using a scleral/corneal shield the eye is protected; however we advise that only experienced practitioners treat in this manner.
If light sensitivity is a concern then this should be discussed with the patient.