FAQ

Laser Treatments

Candela combines the latest science with a level of experience that ensures impressive results.

Gentle Hair Removal:

1) What can I expect during laser hair removal treatment?

Treatments take place in your technician’s treatment room. Your technician will use a small handpiece to deliver an intense but gentle burst of energy onto targeted areas of the skin. Therapeutic heat then safely and effectively removes unwanted hair.

2) Is Gentle Hair Removal safe for darker skin tones?

The machine used at Aesthetically Yours is the GentleLase Pro U; safe for skin types I – IV. Not sure of your skin type? Feel free to book a consultation to have an accurate analysis of where you position on the Fitzpatrick Scale.

3) How long does a Gentle laser hair removal treatment take?

A treatment can take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the treatment area and the condition being treated. Both legs can often be treated in as few as 20 minutes, as can an average-sized man’s back.

4) Is Gentle laser hair removal painful?

Some patients may feel slight discomfort, which has been compared to snapping a rubber band against the skin. This discomfort resolves quickly and is minimized by our patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD). Be sure and talk this over with your technician.

5) How many treatments will I need?

Multiple treatments are required to achieve the full hair removal effect. That’s because hair grows in three stages:
Anagen (the growth stage): Hair is thickest and darkest, so laser treatments are most effective.

Catagen (the transitional stage): The hair begins to loosen from its follicle.

Telogen (the shedding stage): The hair falls out to make room for new growth.

The hairs on your body are not always at the same stage, so you will need to undergo a few treatments, an average of six weeks apart, to catch them all in the growth stage.

6) How do I prepare for a Gentle Hair Removal treatment?

For about six weeks prior to treatment, you should avoid tweezing, electrolysis or waxing. On the day of your treatment, skin should be clean-shaven and thoroughly cleansed of any makeup, creams, oils, topical anesthetics or self-tanning products. Apply sunblock (SPF 30 or above) before your treatment.

Do not expose the treatment area to sunlight or tanning booth light prior to or immediately after treatment. If you have a history of herpes simplex virus, a prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed.

7) What can I expect after treatment?

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

8) What precautions should I take after treatment?

After your laser treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock (SPF 30 or above). In the first few days after treatment, don’t scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers. Your technician may advise additional precautions.

9) Are there side effects?

Permanent side effects are rare and may include redness, swelling, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, blistering and purpura (laser bruise) in the treated area – these usually do not last more than a few days.

10) Are these treatments covered by insurance?

Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. Consult your insurance carrier for conclusive information.