Candela is a laser designed to treat virtually every skin concern a man or woman may have. Through heat, it facilitates cellular turnover, which encourages your skin to heal itself, improving tone and texture issues. At the Center for Modern Aesthetic Medicine in Jacksonville, FL, this treatment is primarily used for hair removal.
What Is Candela?
The Candela GentleLASE Plus laser is a revolutionary hair removal solution that delivers consistent, superior performance faster than other lasers. Due to the incredible nature of the treatment experience and results, it makes sense to think that this device can only be used for hair removal. Luckily, this isn’t the case.
While no other laser can compare to this device’s hair removal capabilities, it is incredibly versatile. Among its other functions are laser skin resurfacing and tattoo removal. Since warming the skin encourages cellular turnover, regular treatments can fade the pigments in tattoos and improve other tone and texture issues.
How It Works
The Candela laser works by targeting hair follicles and heating them with the laser light energy emitted by the device. The laser is able to target only the hair follicles because follicles are always darker than the surrounding skin. This is important because it eliminates the risk of damaging the surrounding skin cells by burning and discoloring them.
When the laser heats the hair follicles, they essentially become overburdened by all the energy and are damaged to the point that they can no longer produce hair. It’s important to note that the damage caused to the hair follicles is not permanent. It takes three to eight sessions to achieve perfect results, and the results last roughly a year once the perfect results are achieved.
What to Expect During Treatment
Hair removal treatment with this device is far more comfortable than any other laser treatment you may have received. Traditional lasers are pretty uncomfortable, with a sensation of white-hot rubber bands snapping as the laser heats your skin.
Treatment with this device involves the application of a local anesthetic so you will not feel anything at all. To further protect your surrounding skin cells from damage, a cooling gel is applied to the treatment area before the session begins. Depending on the size of the area being treated, your treatment could be over in minutes or over an hour.
Why It Takes So Long to See the Best Results
While this device is incredibly powerful, it takes several sessions to get the smooth, hair-free results you’re looking for because not all hair follicles are in the growth phase at the same time. To achieve flawless results, all hair follicles in the treatment area have to be damaged while they are in the growth phase.
To target hair follicles in their growth phase most effectively and give your skin plenty of time to heal after treatment, you should space your sessions three to four weeks apart. Thus, it can take anywhere from nine to 32 weeks to see the final results of treatment. While this may sound like a long time to wait, it’s important to remember that you will see a 70 to 80% reduction in hair in the treated area immediately after the first session, and the results last 12 months.
Who Is This Right for?
This treatment is right for virtually every adult who wishes to safely and effectively prevent hair from growing. Other lasers designed for hair removal are not ideal because they cannot safely be used on most people. Remember, the laser targets the darker pigment of hair follicles. Most lasers struggle to target hair follicles in people with fair skin and red or blonde hair or dark skin and dark hair.
One of the primary advantages of the Candela laser is it is far more advanced than any other laser. It is so accurate that it can target minute variations in pigment. It just takes a few minutes to calibrate the laser to your unique skin tone. An initial evaluation will reveal if this treatment is right for you. However, this treatment is generally right for anyone who is fairly healthy, can follow pre-treatment and post-treatment instructions, and has realistic expectations.
Who Is This Treatment Not Right for?
This treatment is not right for individuals with medical conditions that are triggered by heat or light. This treatment is also not right for women who are pregnant or nursing. The safety and efficacy of hair removal with this device have been studied extensively for years. However, no such studies have been conducted on the safety or efficacy of using this treatment on women who are pregnant or nursing.
During your initial evaluation, you will be provided with a comprehensive list of who should hold off on treatment. You may be a good candidate for treatment today. However, if you have a sunburn, active skin infection or other skin problem within two weeks of treatment, you will need to hold off until your skin gets better. To give yourself the best chance of being a good candidate, apply sunscreen every four hours when going outdoors.
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Candela is a revolutionary laser hair removal treatment. This laser is safer than any laser that came before it and more effective than any other method of hair removal. It works by heating the hair follicles via light energy, damaging them so they can no longer grow hair. It is ideal for men and women of virtually all hair colors, skin tones, and skin types.