Laser hair removal with our Candela Gentlase laser is virtually pain free with a built-in cooling system. Our lasers target the pigment located in the hair follicle and shaft. Once the hair follicle is destroyed by the laser energy, it will no longer produce hairs. Skin type, coarseness, and hair color will determine how many treatments are needed. Most patients need an average of 6 treatments for 100% hair loss. Results will be seen almost immediately. Hair will progressive grow slower, lighter, and finer with each treatment session.
The hair on the area being treated should be recently shaved prior to treatment. The laser and light source will be set with parameters which take into consideration your skin color, the hair color, the thickness of the hair, the location of the hair and the amount of energy needed for the treatment to be performed. The area to be treated should be clean and dry. Again, depending on the laser or light source, either a cold gel or a special cooling device will be used to protect the outer layers of the skin. A pulse of light to the treatment area will be given and then observed for several minutes to determine if the optimal parameters were used. When the procedure is finished, it is common for the area treated to have some redness and some accentuation of the hair follicles themselves. This is "normal," and should disappear over the next 12-24 hours, in most cases. At the conclusion of the procedure, most will have ice applied to the area treated, and some may use some special aloe gels or anti-inflammatory creams, lotions, or water to relieve any discomfort to the area.
Most individuals will be scheduled for another treatment 4-6 weeks later and the procedure will be repeated until hair growth has been eliminated. At each successive laser hair removal procedure, less hair should be found in the treatment area. Treatments will be resumed at a point in the future when, and if, hair growth occurs again necessitating further therapy.