What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a safe, effective solution to eliminate unwanted hair.

How does it work?

The laser creates a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deeply into skin tissue, where it delivers a controlled amount of targeted therapeutic heat. Candela's patented Dynamic Cooling DeviceTM (DCDTM) technology protects the upper layers of your skin with a cooling burst of cryogen. Together, the long-pulse laser and DCD or air cooling offer optimal treatment with minimal side effects.

What can I expect during treatment?

Treatment will take place under a physician's supervision. You will wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light. Your physician will guide the laser to the treatment areas with a small handpiece. Each laser pulse may be preceded and followed by a short pulse of cooling spray. A treatement could take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the area being treated.

Does it hurt?

Some people may feel a slight discomfort with each laser pulse, sometimes described like the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. This discomfort resolves quickly and is minimized by Candela's DCD or air cooling.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

The number of sessions depends on the treatment you require and the condition of your skin. For hair removal, multiple treatments are required, as the process is most effective when the hair follicle is in its active growth phase.

How do I prepare for treatment?

Patients scheduled for hair removal should avoid plucking, electrolysis or hair waxing for six weeks prior to treatment. If you have a history of herpes simplex virus and are scheduled for laser treatment, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed. Also, your skin should be clean shaven, and your skin should be thoroughly cleansed and dried, removing any makeup, creams, oils, topical anesthetics or self-tanning products before laser treatment. The intended treatment area should not be exposed to sunlight or tanning booth light prior to or immediately after treatment. Before and after laser treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock (SPF 30 or above).

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.

What precautions should I take after treatment?

After laser treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock (SPF 30 or above). In the first few days after treatment, dont scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers.

Are there side effects?

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