Hair Removal & Pigment Treatment

What conditions can GentleLASE treat effectively?

GentleLASE Laser Treatment is recommended for any of the following:

  • Hair Removal Treatment
  • Pigmented Lesions (freckles and age spots)
  • Unsightly Leg Veins
  • Hemangiomas
  • Blue Facial Veins

How does the laser treatment work?

The laser creates a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deep into skin tissue, where it delivers a controlled amount of therapeutic heat. The Candela® patented Dynamic Cooling Device™ (DCD™) protects the upper layers of your skin with a cooling burst of cryogen. Together, the long-pulse laser and DCD cooling offer optimal treatment with minimal side effects.

What can I expect during treatment?

Laser treatment takes place in our MediSpa in Cranston, Rhode Island ( RI ). You wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light. Your practitioner guides the laser to the treatment areas with a small handheld probe. Each laser pulse may be preceded and followed by a short pulse of cooling spray. A treatment takes as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the area and condition 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 the Candela DCD's cooling. For some patients, a topical anesthetic may be used prior to these skin care treatments. Be sure to discuss this with your practitioner.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

The number of sessions depends on the treatment you require and the condition of your skin. Laser hair removal treatment requires at least 4 to 6 treatments, and the process is effective only when the hair follicle is in its active growth phase. Other conditions may clear in one treatment, but many factors impact the efficacy of individual laser treatments, including the severity of the condition.

How do I prepare for treatment?

If you are scheduled for hair removal, avoid electrolysis or hair waxing for three weeks prior to these skin care treatments. If you have a history of perioral herpes and are scheduled for facial hair treatment, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be used, and your skin should be thoroughly shaved, cleaned, and dried, removing any makeup, cream, or oils before laser treatment.

What can I expect after treatment?

A cool compress or gel pack may be applied for comfort following your treatment. Any redness or swelling should resolve within a few hours.

Are there side effects?

Your risks are minimal. Side effects may include purpura (a laser bruise), redness, blistering, temporary hyperpigmentation, temporary hypopigmentation, and swelling in the treated area. These usually do not last more than a few days. Side effects, such as permanent hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, or scarring are rare.

What precautions should I take after treatment?

After laser skin care treatments, avoid sun exposure. In the first few days after treatment, don't scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers. Your practitioner may advise additional precautions.

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