What is the GentleLASE laser and why is it a safe treatment?
Lasers have been used for many years for a variety of medical cosmetic procedures including treatment of facial and leg veins, age spots and rejuvenating the skin on the face. The GentleLASE System is a long-pulse, high energy alexandrite laser that emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle where it is absorbed. The laser energy is transformed into heat, which destroys the hair follicle leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. The skin is further protected during the treatment by a Dynamic Cooling Device where cryogen is sprayed onto the skin cooling the upper layers and providing patients with increased comfort. The GentleLASE selectivity helps to protect the skin, while effectively treating the unwanted hair.
GentleLASE safely removes unwanted hair without damaging the delicate pores and structures of the skin.
What other conditions are treated with the GentleLASE laser?
The GentleLASE System is also effective for the treatment of the large "blue" leg veins. Also known as "spider veins."
What precautions should be taken before and after treatment?
- Avoid the sun approximately four to six weeks prior and during the treatments.
- You must avoid plucking or waxing hair 6 weeks prior to treatment.
- If you have had a history of peri-oral herpes, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed.
- If you have a darker skin type you may be started on a bleaching cream 4-6 weeks prior to your treatment.
What does the treatment include?
Depending on the amount of hair treated, the procedure varies from patient to patient. Generally, the treatment will include:
- Wearing safety eyewear to protect the practitioner
and patient's eye from the laser light during the procedure.
- A small hand-piece will be used that touches the treatment
skin to deliver the laser light. A spray of coolant onto the skin will be felt just before each laser pulse.
- Most patients experience little discomfort at the treatment site because of the dynamic cooling device.
- The degree of discomfort varies with each person, as well as the area that is being treated could be more sensitive.
- The procedure could take up as little as ten minutes or up to an hour, depending on the area treated.
- The treated area my become pink or red within 30 minutes of the treatment. This may last from a few hours to several days. The can be relieved by applying ice packs to the treated area.
How many treatments will I need?
Hair grows in cycles. The number of treatments required depends upon your skin color, hair color and coarseness of the hair. Everyone will require at least 2-3 treatments as the process is only effect of the hairs that are in the early grow cycle (active stage). Repeat sessions will be necessary to treat these follicles when they re-enter the early growth phase again.
Is this procedure covered by health insurance?
Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. However, consult with your insurance carrier.