Frequently asked questions:
How does the laser work?
The laser creates a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deep into the skin tissue where it delivers a controlled amount of therapeutic heat. Candela’s patented Dynamic Cooling device , (DCD) technology protects the upper layers of your skin with a cooling bursts of cryogen. Together, the long-pulse laser and DCD cooling offer optimal treatment with minimal side effects.
Does it hurt?
Some patients may feel a slight discomfort with the laser pulse, sometimes described as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. This discomfort is minimized by Candela’s DCD cooling. For some patients, a topical anesthetic may be used prior to treatment. Be sure to discuss with your practitioner.
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, most people require at least 2 to 3 treatmetns and up to 6, as the process is only effective when the hair follicle is in its active growth phase. Other conditions may clear in as few as one treatment, but may factors impact the efficacy of individual laser treatments, including the severity of the of the condition being treated.
How do I prepare for treatments?
Patients scheduled for hair removal should avoid electrolysis or hair waxing for six weeks prior to treatment, If you have had a history of perioral herpes and are scheduled for facial hair treatment, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed. You should avoid sun tanning, and tanning booths eight weeks prior to treatment. Also, any hair should be shaved, and your skin should be thoroughly cleaned and dried, removing any make-up, cream, or oils on its surface before laser treatment.
Are there side effects?
Your risks are minimal. Side effets may include redness, blistering, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and minor swelling in the treated areas-they usually do not last more than a few days. Permanent side effects, such as hyperpigmination and hypopigmentation or scarring, are rare.