GentleLASE™ Laser Hair Reduction Laser

Laser Hair Removal

At Klein Dermatology & Associates, we use the Candela-Syneron GentleLASE laser.  Candela-Syneron is known for their state-of-the-art equipment, which utilizes their patented Dynamic Cooling Device™ (DCD) for increased patient comfort.  The GentleLASE is considered by many to be the “gold standard” in laser hair removal equipment.  Our high-powered alexandrite laser combined with our clinical expertise means you will get an effective laser hair removal treatment leading to the best results.

How does laser hair removal work?

The laser creates a beam of intense infrared light that penetrates deep into the skin tissue where it delivers a controlled amount of therapeutic heat directed at brown pigment, localized in the hair follicle.  Candela’s patented DCD technology protects the upper layers of your skin with a cooling burst of cryogen so the surface of your skin is not affect by the laser treatment.  Together, the long-pulse laser and DCD cooling offer optimal treatment with minimal side effects.

Are the treatments permanent?

Laser hair removal is cleared by the FDA to claim “permanent hair reduction”.  The results are permanent, with an approximate 80-90% reduction in hair growth.  There will still be some hair growth, which usually presents itself as a few stray hairs or a persistent spot or patch.  Touch-up treatments are available. 

What can I expect during treatment?

Treatment takes place here in our office.  Everyone in the room must wear safety eyewear to protect their eyes from the laser light.  After discussing and determining the treatment areas, the laser treatment will begin.  Each laser pulse will be preceded by a short pulse of cooling spray, which protects the skin.  A treatment could take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the area being treated.

Does it hurt?

Some patients may feel a slight discomfort with the laser pulse, sometimes described as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin.  This discomfort is minimized by Candela’s DCD cooling.  For some patients, a topical anesthetic may be purchased and used prior to treatment.  Be sure to mention this to us when scheduling your treatment, as the topical anesthetic must be applied 30 minutes prior to treatment.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

The exact number of sessions needed varies from person to person, and also by different areas, but it is usually between 4 and 8 sessions.  The hair removal process is only effective when the hair follicle is in its active growth phase, and it may take several sessions to treat all the hairs while they are in this growing stage.

Who will perform my laser hair removal treatment?

At Klein Dermatology & Associates, the laser hair removal treatments are performed by one of our certified nurse practitioners, either Tasha Gouin, FNP or Jamie Barbara, FNP.

Which areas can be treated?

The Candela GentleLASE™ pulse treats about a dime-size area of hairs.  It can safely remove hair from many areas, including the upper lip, chin, armpits, bikini region, (Brazilian is more), legs, forearms, abdomen, back, shoulders and chest.   Just about any area of dark hair with light skin can be treated except for the eyebrows and eyelashes.  These areas are too close to the eyes, and are dangerous to treat.

Can it remove all types and colors of hair?

No, it is only successful with dark hair because brown pigment is the target.  Blonde, white, red and gray hairs do not have enough pigment present in the hair root for the laser to generate enough energy to damage the follicle.

How do I prepare for treatment?

Patients scheduled for hair removal should avoid tweezing, electrolysis or hair waxing for six weeks prior to treatment, as well as any tanning, sun exposure or self-tanner.  Tan skin cannot be treated!  If you have a history of cold sores or herpes, please let us know before your first session so that prophylactic antiviral therapy such as Valtrex may be prescribed.  Also, any surface hair should be shaved, and your skin should be thoroughly cleaned and dried, removing any makeup, cream, or oils on its surface before your treatment.  Please shave the treatment area the day before your treatment session.

What can I expect after treatment?

The treated area may be pink or red with little bumps or swelling around the hair follicles.  It may look like hives.  This usually dissipates on its own after a few hours or up to as long as a 2 day time frame.  Patients should avoid sun exposure before and after treatment for six weeks.  They should apply sunblock SPF 30 or higher when going outdoors.  In the first few days after treatment, don’t scrub or use abrasive cleanser on treated areas.

Over the counter aloe vera gel or hydrocortisone cream is helpful to reduce any irritation you might have.  Ice compresses may be applied and ibuprofen taken if needed.  For the first 2-3 weeks after your session you will notice hair growth in the treatment area.  This is the hair that was treated growing out and shedding.  You may shave as usual, but do no pluck or wax the area.  The hair will fall out on its own typically within 3 weeks after each session.

Are there side effects?

Your risks are minimal.  Side effects may include purpura (a bruise), redness, blistering, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation and swelling in the treated area.  These do not last more than a few days.  Redness and swelling around the hair follicles are in fact a desired clinical result and indicate the hair follicle responded to the treatment.  Permanent side effects, such as hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, or scarring are rare.   The risk of side effects is greatly reduced by avoiding sun exposure before and after your sessions.

Do I need a consultation?

We require a consultation with one of our providers to answer any questions you might have, and to discuss in detail the laser procedure, goals and expectations, realistic results and pricing, and to determine if you are a candidate for laser hair removal.   Consultations are $150 when scheduled, and are applied towards any service done at this office.