Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is fast and efficient way how to achieve smooth and hairless skin safely and without pain which both women and men all over the world take advantage of.

Laser Candela GentleLase is considered a "GOLDEN STANDARD" among hair removal systems. Fully integrated within the machine is an efficient skin cooling system which helps in providing safe, utterly painless procedure. 

How Does It Work?

The wavelength of high energy light emitted by the laser is converted to heat energy and this damages the specific target area. Thus alexandrite lasers work by a process of photothermolysis: this means using light (photo) to heat (thermo) a selected area for destruction (lysis).

Alexandrite lasers cause very precise tissue destruction of the lesion and leave tissue in the surrounding area undamaged.

Light pulses target the hair follicle causing the hair to fall out and minimising further growth.

May be used for hair removal in any location including underarms, bikini line, face, neck, back, chest and legs.

Who Is It For?

Generally ineffective for light coloured hair, but effective for treating dark hair in patients of Fitzpatrick types I to III, and perhaps light-coloured type IV skin. 

How Is It Done?

It is important that the correct diagnosis has been made by the clinician prior to treatment, particularly when pigmented lesions are targeted, to avoid mistreatment of skin cancers such as melanoma.

The patient must wear eye protection consisting of an opaque covering or goggles throughout the treatment session.

Treatment consists of placing a hand piece against the surface of the skin and activating the laser. Many patients describe each pulse to feel like the snapping of a rubber band against the skin.

Topical anaesthetic may be applied to the area but is not usually necessary.

Skin surface cooling is applied during all hair-removal procedures. Some lasers have built-in cooling devices. 

After Treatment

Immediately following treatment, an ice pack may be applied to soothe the treated area.

Care should be taken in the first few days following treatment to avoid scrubbing the area, and/or use of abrasive skin cleansers.

A bandage or patch may help to prevent abrasion of the treated area.

During the course of treatment patients should protect the area from sun exposure to reduce the risk of postinflammatory pigmentation. 

Possible Complications

Side effects from alexandrite laser treatment are usually minor and may include:

Pain during treatment (reduced by contact cooling and if necessary, topical anaesthetic)

Redness, swelling and itching immediately after the procedure that may last a few days after treatment.

Rarely, skin pigment may absorb too much light energy and blistering can occur. This settles by itself.

Changes in skin pigmentation. Sometimes the pigment cells (melanocytes) can be damaged leaving darker (hyperpigmentation) or paler (hypopigmentation) patches of skin. Generally, cosmetic lasers will work better on people with lighter than darker skin tones.

Bruising affects up to 10% of patients. It usually fades on its own.

Bacterial infection. Antibiotics may be prescribed to treat or to prevent wound infection. 

How Many Laser Treatments Can I Expect?

Laser hair removal needs multiple sessions (3 to 6 sessions or more). The number of sessions depends on the area of the body being treated, skin colour, coarseness of hair, underlying conditions such as polycystic ovaries, and gender.

Clinicians generally recommend waiting from 3 to 8 weeks between laser sessions for hair removal.

Depending on the area, the skin will remain completely clean and smooth for around 6 to 8 weeks after a treatment; it is time for the next session when fine hairs start to grow again.

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