ELIMINATE UNWANTED HAIR, FRECKLES, SUN SPOTS, AND AGE SPOTS WITH THE GENTLE PRO LASER TREATMENTS
The Gentle Pro Laser system made by Candela delivers an effective and trusted laser hair removal treatment. Gentle Pro utilizes dual-wavelength laser technology with powerful lasers to lessen treatment time and improve results.
The Alexandrite laser is great for use on lighter skin tones, while the Nd:YAG laser is effective on all skin tones and is ideal for our San Antonio laser hair removal patients who have sun spots, tanned skin, or spend a lot of time in the sun. The longer wavelength is less disruptive to the outer layer of skin. This decreases the chance of unwanted changes in skin pigmentation due to treatment and creates beautifully smooth results.
Unlike other hair removal methods, it is not necessary to allow hair in the treatment area to grow out prior to treatment. In fact, shorter hair is ideal because it allows the heat to travel to the root of the hair follicle more efficiently. To prepare for your laser hair removal San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery advises that you avoid any kind of waxing or plucking for six weeks before treatment. You should shave the treatment area a day or so before your appointment. Please arrive for treatment without any makeup, lotions, oils, or other products applied to the treatment area.
When you arrive for your laser hair removal treatment, your skin will be cleaned and a topical anesthetic will be applied to the treatment area by one of our trusted practitioners. After the anesthetic has taken effect, your treatment will begin. You will also be provided with protective eyewear. When treatment begins, the Gentle Pro Dynamic Cooling Device will dispense a cooling spray which will further minimize discomfort. The feeling during treatment can be compared to the snap of a rubber band.
Treatment typically lasts between 10 minutes and one hour depending on the size of the area being treated. Treatment on the back typically takes around 30 minutes, legs will be slightly less, and smaller areas such as the bikini area will only take about 10 minutes. Hair removal treatment with the Gentle Pro system requires four to ten total treatments per area, spaced one to two months apart.
There is no downtime associated with Gentle Pro Laser Hair Removal treatment. Makeup and skincare products should not be used for 24 hours after treatment. Patients should avoid any hair removal at the follicle for at least two weeks following treatment. Examples of such treatments are waxing, threading, tweezing, or electrolysis. Patients should also avoid sun exposure for four weeks, and abrasive cleansers until the skin is healed. Patients may notice continued hair growth in the treatment area, but these hairs will shed and growth will stop completely within two to three weeks.
Patients may experience some redness or swelling following treatment, but these side effects should resolve within a few days. Ice may be used every hour for the first 6 to 12 hours to reduce discomfort. It is possible to experience some changes in pigmentation in the treated area. Sun exposure may worsen this condition and should be avoided for 4 weeks following treatment. Scarring is also possible, though an extremely rare occurrence. Adherence to proper post-procedure care can prevent scarring and other complications.
The Gentle Pro Laser system not only effectively removes unwanted hair, but can also be used to remove pigmented skin lesions such as freckles, age spots, and sunspots. One of the biggest advantages to the Gentle Pro treatment for pigmented skin lesions is that the treatment is not likely to disrupt the pigmentation of the skin beneath.
The treatment procedure for skin lesions is similar to treatment for hair removal. A topical anesthetic will be applied to the treatment area and allowed to take effect. The time it takes for treatment will vary on the size of the area receiving treatment. 75% of skin lesions are usually removed in the first session, with the rest removed during a second treatment one to two months later.
After treatment, skin lesions in the treated area will appear darker for a week or two. The brown spots will peel off as the area heals, and certain areas such as the chest will generally take longer to heal than the face. Lesions may reappear over time, but regrowth is a long process and lesions can be re-treated if necessary.
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