GentleLASE® Laser Hair Removal New York
What is the Candela GentleLASE laser and why is it a safe treatment?
Lasers have been used for many years for a variety of medical cosmetic procedures including treatment of facial and leg veins, age spots and rejuvenating the skin on the face. The GentleLASE System, a revolutionary long-pulse high energy alexandrite laser 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 hair follicle leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. The skin is further protected during treatment by a Dynamic Cooling DeviceTM where cryogen is sprayed onto the skin cooling the upper layers and providing patients with increased comfort.
What conditions are treated with the GentleLASE?
Traditional hair removal techniques, such as shaving, plucking, waxing and depilatory creams provide only temporary relief. Until now, the only recognized way to remove hair permanently has been by electrolysis – which can be tedious, time-consuming and uncomfortable. The GentleLASE System safely removes unwanted body hair without damaging the delicate pores and structures of the skin. Facial and bikini areas are usually completed in under ten minutes; legs, backs and larger areas can take longer.
What does the treatment include?
Depending on the amount of hair treated, the procedure varies from patient to patient. Generally, the treatment will include: Wearing safety eyewear to protect the practitioner and patient’s eyes from the laser light during the procedure. A small handpiece will be used that touches the skin to deliver the laser light. A light spray of coolant onto the skin will be felt just before each laser pulse. A test area will be done prior to the entire treatment. Your full treatment may be done on the same day or up to two weeks later, depending on the skin reaction. Most patients experience little discomfort at the treatment site because of the dynamic cooling device. The degree of discomfort varies with each person, depending on his/her pain threshold. Topical anesthesia may also be requested based on individual preferences or tolerances. Be sure to discuss this with your practitioner in advance of the laser treatment. The procedure can take as little as 10 minutes or up to an hour, depending on the area treatment. The treated area may become pink or red within 30 minutes of treatment; this may last from a few hours to several days and is relieved with the application of ice or cooling gels.
What precautions should be taken before and after treatment?
Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and after treatment or until your practitioner allows it. You must avoid electrolysis, plucking or waxing hair for 6 weeks prior to treatment. If you have had a history of per ioral herpes, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed. If you have a dark skin type, a bleaching cream may be started 4-6 weeks before treatment to optimize results. You should discuss your desired results and the improvements you expect to achieve with your practitioner. Together you can decide if your expectations will be met and if this laser treatment is the best option.
How many laser hair removal treatments will I need?
Hair grows in cycles. The number of treatments required depends upon your skin color and coarseness of the hair. Everyone will require at least 2-3 treatments as the process is only effective on hair during the early growing cycle. Repeat sessions will be necessary to treat these follicles when they re-enter the early growth phase. Is this procedure covered by insurance? Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. However, consult with your insurance carrier for more information.
Getting rid of unwanted hair can be a slow, painful process that no one wants to endure. While there are options to include shaving and hot wax, you have a much better solution with laser hair removal. With a quality laser hair removal process such as that provided by GentleLASE, you would be amazed at how smooth and silky your skin becomes. Keep in mind that laser hair removal for women and men is an excellent solution for getting rid of hair exactly where you want it.
With shaving or waxing, the hair grows back but permanent laser hair removal is just that – permanent. However, each person will require a different number of treatments depending on coarseness of the hair and skin color. Typically, a laser hair removal clinic will perform between two and three treatments to ensure hair during the growing phase is treated. In addition, if hair follicles re-enter during the early growth phase, a repeat session may be required. Even with this, the benefits of laser hair treatment are well worth the investment. Unfortunately, the cost of laser hair removal is generally not covered by insurance but again, the price paid is worth the amazing results.
You can enjoy the Candela GentleLASE system of laser hair removal in New York, which is considered one of the top choices today. This long-pulse, high-energy alexandrite laser uses a very gentle laser beam, which is designed to pass through the skin to the hair follicle. At that point, the light is absorbed and transformed into heat that actually destroys the hair follicle without causing irritation or damage to the surrounding skin. This NYC laser hair removal process is far more effective than other types of laser treatment.
Remember, the laser hair removal before and after should be dramatic while also being safe. Until recently, the only option for removing hair permanently was with electrolysis. While this treatment worked, it was also uncomfortable, time-consuming, and expensive. The main difference between the GentleLASE laser hair removal process and traditional methods is that with GentleLASE, unwanted hair is removed without any damage to the structure or pores of the skin.