Imagine being ready to go on that sunny beach vacation at a moment’s notice without having to worry about embarrassing, unwanted body hair. Laser Hair Removal offers a permanent solution and eliminates the need to worry about shaving, waxing, or tweezing. That also means no more stubble, razor burn, in-grown hairs, or waiting for hair to grow out between waxing sessions. Laser Hair Removal is quick, safe, painless, and, most importantly, incredibly effective. At Esthetics Center, we are proud to offer Laser Hair Removal using the state-of-the-art Candela Gentlemax Pro, which is safe for patients of all skin types, including those with darker skin. If you’ve ever felt self-conscious about unwanted body hair or just want to simplify your grooming routine, we would love to help you on your journey to living more confidently.
Laser hair removal can remove unwanted hair anywhere on the body, but not all hair will respond in the same way to treatment. Coarse, dark hair is the easiest to eliminate because the laser seeks out dark pigment. This is also why some machines are less effective on darker skin tones -- because the laser cannot differentiate between the pigment in the skin and pigment in the hair follicle. But at Esthetics Center, we use the state-of-the-art Candela Gentlemax Pro, which is safe for all skin types. Our patients most often seek to eliminate fast-growing hair on the back, face, underarms, legs, and bikini area, but we can treat other areas as well.
Yes, with the GentleMax Pro by Candela, we are happy to offer laser hair removal to all of our patients. Some machines do not work well on patients with darker skin tones (Fitzpatrick skin types 4-6, with type 1 being the fairest and type 6 the darkest), but our device offers wavelengths that are safe for dark skin so that we can safely treat all patients.
The Candela Gentlemax Pro is the gold standard in laser hair removal devices. The machine offers dual wavelengths and multiple spot sizes from 1.5 millimeters to 24 millimeters, allowing us to treat patients of all skin types, as well as numerous other concerns -- including spider veins, pigment, diffuse redness, tone, and texture. The range in settings also ensures a comfortable, fast, and safe experience for the patient.
A laser hair removal treatment starts with a brief consultation with one of our skilled nurses to discuss your goals and concerns. Depending on the area to be treated, we will choose the appropriate spot size and intensity on the machine. The treatment itself involves brief overlapping pulses of light that target the hair follicles. Before the appointment, we request patients shave the treatment area with a new, clean razor to maximize results and minimize discomfort.
Laser Hair Removal is one of the most popular and safe treatments in the world of medical esthetics today, with a Real Self Worth It rating of 93%. Most patients tolerate the procedure with minimal discomfort and liken the feeling to a rubber band snap. The treatments are short, as little as 10-15 minutes at a time, depending on the area you are treating, and we can adjust the settings on the machine to your comfort level. Additionally, the Candela GentleMax Pro is one of the most advanced lasers on the market, offering a brief spray of cooling liquid milliseconds before the laser pulse. Following treatment, you should feel nothing more than the sensation of a mild sunburn, if that.
In the past, laser hair removal treatments were only safe for light-skinned patients with dark hair. But with the Candela Gentlemax Pro laser, we can safely treat patients of all skin types, including those on the medium to the dark side of the Fitzpatrick scale. Unfortunately, light blonde, gray, or red hair does not respond well to this kind of treatment, and laser hair removal cannot eliminate peach fuzz. To remove hair at the follicle with laser hair removal, you must stop waxing or plucking the area for at least 2-4 weeks before your treatment. Laser hair removal also requires multiple sessions scheduled 4-6 weeks apart to ensure we are treating hair in the active growth cycle.
Laser hair removal successfully eliminates unwanted hair by targeting the pigment, or color, in each strand of hair, ultimately destroying the hair follicle so that it cannot grow back. There are four stages of hair growth, but not all of your hair is in the active growth stage at any given time. Lasers can only target hair in the active phase of growth, otherwise known as the anagen phase. That is why it is impossible to remove all unwanted hair in one session. It is also important to stick to the recommended treatment schedule and come back for a yearly maintenance appointment to catch any strays and new growth.
Laser hair removal is permanent, but it is virtually impossible to catch all the hair in its active growth cycle even after multiple treatments. Realistically you should expect a reduction of hair growth by approximately 70%. Additional sessions, including an annual maintenance session, will help to enhance and maintain the results. Although you may not end up completely hair-free, the hair that does grow back will be much less noticeable.
Hair removal options range from shaving, plucking, and waxing at the temporary end of the spectrum to electrolysis, intense-pulsed light (IPL), and laser on the permanent side. Electrolysis can be effective for patients with light blonde, gray, or red hair, but it is a time-consuming procedure as each hair must be individually treated, one at a time. Furthermore, IPL hair removal can only be used on patients with light skin. Most patients will have the best, most successful results with laser, and we are proud to use one of the best devices on the market.
Some patients ask about intense-pulsed light (IPL) treatments for hair removal versus laser. While IPL can be useful for some specific cases, it is not our go-to solution for permanent hair removal. First of all, IPL is not safe for dark skin. Secondly, our laser is faster and more powerful, resulting in a more efficient treatment with better results.