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Laser Treatments – Gentlemax

Here at Becker Cosmetic we have 2 laser devices – the Candela Gentlemax and Vbeam Perfecta that treat a number of concerns. We use the Gentlemax for laser hair removal, brown spots, and blue/purple leg veins, and the Vbeam Perfecta is used for more vascular conditions such as rosacea, cherry angiomas, scars, red capillaries (telangiectasia) and more!

Gentlemax: Has both an Alexandrite 755 and a YAG 1064 for all skin types

Laser Hair Removal:
Laser for hair removal is performed every 4-8 weeks depending on the area being treated. The FDA recommends 6 treatments per area, however this isn’t a perfect science as well as you may not see 100% removal. Ideally we can usually get 80%-90% reduction per area. The hair must be dark in order for the treatments to work, as the laser goes after the color of the hair. There are 3 hair growth cycles that all hairs on our bodies go through- the active stage, resting stage, and shedding stage. When the hair is in the active stage, it is still connected to the follicle with blood flow reaching it, which is how the laser targets the color of the hair and is able to damage the follicle it is connected to. Whatever hairs are not in the active stage, will still get affected by getting lighter, thinner, and growing back slower.

Brown Spots:
Laser for pigmented lesions usually can take 1-3 treatments (sometimes more) for clearance of the pigment spaced 4 weeks apart. Results may vary per person, and can depend on the age of the lesion, depth, color, and just how each individual’s skin responds. Sometimes 100% clearance can’t be achieved, lightening creams can also be used.

Blue/Purple Leg Veins:
Laser for leg veins usually can take 1-3 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart. Results may vary per person as with any other treatment. The laser destroys and coagulates the little broken veins and it gets absorbed by the body’s natural healing process.

A consultation is required prior to treatment. Ask for our Master Esthetician, Ms. Whitney Kauzlarich.

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Gentlemax Laser Q & A

How should I prepare for laser hair removal?

In preparation for a laser hair removal treatment, we ask you to shave the night before or day of. The less stubble the better for the laser to bypass the surface of the skin. During your treatment series, NO waxing or plucking!! This throws your hair cycles off, and if there is nothing in the follicle to “zap” it will be an ineffective treatment.

How much downtime is involved with laser hair removal?

Typically the skin will appear red for a matter of minutes up to hours depending on the person and the area. Sometimes there can be some inflammation surrounding the follicles that get effected. Make up can be used for facial laser. Avoid direct sun exposure for 2 weeks after treatment.

How much downtime for brown spot treatments?

The lesions will darken and turn into a thin scab and can have some lingering red around the spot for a few days. Healing time can vary per person, anywhere from 1-2 weeks. Once the scabs fall off, healthy new tissue will be underneath and the spots will either be lighter or gone. DO NOT PICK the scabs, ONLY moisturize with Epionce Medical Barrier cream which will be given at the time of the appointment. Make up can be used a few hours after treatment. Avoid direct sun exposure for 2 weeks after treatment.

How much downtime for blue/purple vein treatments?

Veins will appear red and a little puffy for a 1-2 weeks. Once inflammation has subsided, within a couple weeks the result should be visible. Avoid direct sun exposure for 2 weeks after treatment.

What type of post care is suggested?

  • Avoid sun exposure for 2 weeks post treatment – the laser sensitizes you to sun damage and burning
  • NO hot/sweaty activities for 24 hours
  • Cold compress can be used if needed for heat after treatment, also may be given cream for healing / anti-inflammation post treatment

Contraindications for laser treatments:

  • NO sun exposure for 2 weeks prior to any laser treatment!! The sun sensitizes/activates your skin cells, (even if you have used sunscreen) and will fully burn and possibly blister/scar as a result of laser!
  • NO open wounds, lesions, or active infections in area being treated
  • NO treatment if pregnant

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