Candela GentleLASE Treatment
Candela GentleLASE is considered one of the most state-of-the-art lasers currently available, and we use it to treat a variety of dermatology conditions, from removing unwanted hair to evening skin tone and complexion. Its advanced technology ensures a treatment that is not only fast, but also relatively pain-free. Here’s what you need to know about the procedure and its long-term results.
What is Candela GentleLase?
The Candela GentleLASE is a precise, high-energy laser that treats a variety of conditions, including hair removal, freckles, wrinkles, blue facial veins, venous lakes, uneven pigmentation, age spots, rosacea, vascular lesions, and pigmented lesions. The high-quality laser works by emitting a beam of light that penetrates deep into a targeted area of skin tissue and emits a controlled amount of therapeutic heat.
What Can I Expect During an Appointment?
Like many of our other cosmetic procedures, your Candela GentleLASE treatment in our office by one of our board-certified doctors. The treatment will last anywhere between a few minutes and an hour, depending on the area and type of condition being treated. The laser first emits a pulse of cooling spray to protect the skin and then a pulse of laser light. The cooling spray greatly minimizes discomfort from the laser pulse, but patients can request that a topical anesthetic be applied 30 minutes prior to treatment.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Side effects from a Candela GentleLASE treatment are minimal, due to the laser’s patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) technology, which not only protects the outer layers of your skin with a cooling burst of cryogen, but also leads to increased patient comfort for the duration of the procedure. The Candela GentleLASE also has a larger spot size, longer wavelength, and higher energy usage than other lasers, ensuring a faster treatment and less epidermal damage. Patients might still experience some redness and swelling, but this will go away within a few days. To minimize these or other minor side effects that could occur immediately following treatment, patients should avoid going in the sun or using abrasive cleansers.
What Are the Long-term Results?
Results of a Candela GentleLASE treatment are permanent, although some procedures, like laser hair removal, require anywhere from four to 10 sessions to achieve these long-term results. Directly after a hair removal session, patients might notice hair growth in the treated area as the hair grows out and sheds, but this should stop within two to three weeks.
Is Candela GentleLASE Right for Me?
Candela GentleLASE is very effective in treating a variety of conditions, so if you’re curious about what results you could see, we suggest starting with a free consultation. At Coastal Dermatology & Surgery Center, we are here to talk to you about any questions you might have regarding the procedure and to review your medical history to ensure you’re an ideal candidate. Contact our office today if you’re ready to take the next steps in treating your unwanted hair or other skin and vein issues.