Frequently Asked Questions
How does the GentleMAX® Laser System Work?
The GentleMax® laser creates a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deep into the skin tissue where it delivers a controlled amount of targeted therapeutic heat, damaging the hair follicles.
Does the treatment hurt?
Some patients experience minimal discomfort with each laser pulse that is often compared to the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. However, Candela’s patented Dynamic Cooling Device™ technology protects the upper layers of your skin with short cooling burst of cryogen to maximize patient safety and comfort. For some patients, a topical anesthetic may be used prior to treatment. Be sure to discuss this with one our medical providers.
What body areas can be treated?
Any area can be treated, except around the eyes. The upper lip, face, neck, underarms, arms, bikini line, legs, chest and back can all be treated.
How many sessions will I need?
Multiple sessions will be necessary to fully kill the hair follicles. However, the number of sessions depends on the area being treated and the condition of your skin. Sessions should be scheduled 4-6 weeks apart.
How should I prepare for treatment?
Patients scheduled for hair removal should avoid plucking, electrolysis or hair waxing for six weeks prior to treatment.
Any hair should be removed by shaving, and your skin should be thoroughly cleaned and dried, removing any makeup, creams, oils, topical anesthetics or skin tanning products before laser treatment.
The intended treatment area should not be exposed to sunlight or tanning booth light for 14 days before and after treatment.
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