The GentleLASE system emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle where it is absorbed. The laser energy is transformed into heat, which destroys the fair follicle leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. The skin is further protected during treatment by a Dynamic Cooling Device where cryogen is sprayed onto the skin cooling the upper layers and providing patients with increased comfort.
How many treatments will I need?
Multiple treatments are required to achieve the full hair removal effect because hair grows in three stages. The hairs on your body are not always at the same stage, so a few treatments, an average of 5-6 weeks apart, to catch the hair in all growth stages.
Should I expect to be hair free after the series of treatment?
No. Most patients experience 80-90% reduction in the amount of hair in a given area after the series of treatments, but should not expect to be hair free.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Laser treatments are only approved by the FDA for “permanent hair reduction.” This simply means that some regrowth is to be expected
Is laser hair removal painful?
Some patients may feel slight discomfort, which has been compared to snapping a rubber band against the skin. The discomfort resolved quickly and is minimized by the patented Dynamic Cooling Device.
How do I prepare for a laser hair removal treatment?
Six weeks prior to treatment, plucking, electrolysis and waxing should be avoided. On the day of treatment, skin should be clean-shaven and thoroughly cleansed of makeup, creams or oils. Do not expose the treatment area to sunlight or tanning booth light at least 4-6 weeks prior to treatment.
What precautions should I take after treatment?
After treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock (SPF >30). In the first few days after treatment, don’t scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers.
Are there side effects?
Permanent side effects are rare and may include redness, swelling, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, blistering, scarring and bruising in the treated area. These usually don’t last more than a few days.
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