The laser creates a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deep into 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 burst of cryogen.
You will wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from the laser light. Your technician/practitioner will guide the laser over the area being treated by using a small handpiece. Prior to the laser pulse, a puff of cryogen is sprayed in the area to cool the skin. Your treatment could take a few minutes or up to an hour; This depends on how many areas are being treated.
Some clients 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 clients, a topical anesthetic may be used prior to treatment.
The number of sessions will vary. This depends on several different factors, such as skin color and hair color. Usually between 3 and 6, everyone is different.
Parameters are set to ensure effective hair removal and skin safety
Pigment in hair shaft absorbs the light. The resulting heat damages each follicle.
Damaged hairs are elimiated with excellent long-term results.
The day before your treatment, shave the area you are having treated, in order to get the best results for you. No tanning (either by direct sun or tanning bed), no tanning creams, no plucking or waxing. No deodorants, creams, lotions, or oils in the areas being treated. If you have a history of herpes in the area being treated you will want to start taking your medication one or two days before your treatment, as the laser can possibly cause an outbreak.
Clients/Patients should avoid sun exposure approximately 2 weeks before and after treatments and should always apply sun block (SPF 45 and higher) when going outdoors.
Your risks are minimal. Side effects may include purpura (a laser bruise), redness, blistering, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and swelling in the treated area - these usually do not last more than a few days. Permanent side effects, such as hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation or scarring, are very rare.
Most insurance companies do not cover these procedures, however, some insurance companies do have a cosmetic pool of money that can be used for cosmetic procedures. Consult your carrier for conclusive information.
The following are estimated time frames:
Candela's patented Dynamic Cooling Device™ (DCD™) provides consistent, reproducible epidermal cooling and unparalleled comfort for your patients. DCD prepares skin for treatment by selectively spraying the upper layers with a cooling burst of cryogen in adjustable spray/delay durations, milliseconds before and after the laser pulse. DCD's unique design provides excellent visibility throughout the entire process. The most powerful benefit to you? Speed and Patient Safety. DCD is operator technique independent—it will provide the same epidermal protection no matter how fast the laser is fired. The more patients you see and treat optimally, the more profitable for your practice..