GentleYAG Pro Lasers
Both women and men can have unwanted hair. There are many ways to get rid of this hair, including creams, epilators, and razors that can be used at home. However, a more permanent solution is laser hair removal. Lasers deliver a narrow beam of intense light that is absorbed and converted to thermal energy. The heat destroys the hair follicle, leading to a reduction in hair growth in the target area. The GentleYAG laser system is a top-rated device for laser hair removal. Continue reading to learn more about this treatment and how it can benefit you.
What are the benefits of laser hair removal?
First, let's take a quick look at the different methods of hair removal. Shaving, depilatory creams, tweezing, and waxing can all remove hair, but these methods leave the hair roots intact. As a result, the hair grows back within a few weeks.
Also, hair removal methods like waxing and tweezing can cause irritation and may even stimulate hair growth. When the hair shaft is yanked out with force during these methods, the body reacts by producing thicker, stronger hairs that are harder to pull out.
The Candela GentleYAG Pro laser offers a long-term reduction in both the the quantity of hair as well as the thickness and color of any hair shafts that grow back. Other treatments from this family of lasers, such as the alexandrite laser GentleLase are also available.
What is Candela GentleYAG Pro?
The Syneron Candela GentleYAG Pro is a powerful laser which emits a 1064 nm wavelength. This is the gold standard for laser hair removal and is suitable for all skin types. However, the device is also used for skin rejuvenation and correction of vascular lesions.
GentleYAG Pro uses high-end laser technology to ensure even the most complex treatments can be performed with ease and safety to achieve effective results. Providers can adjust the power and other parameters of this modern laser system to suit the needs of each patient, depending on their facial and body skin imperfections.
One of the cutting-edge features of the Candela GentleYAG Pro systems is a patented cooling system that sprays a burst of cooling cryogen on the upper layer of skin, producing extremely low temperatures. This cooling technology makes the treatment very comfortable for clients.
How does the GentleYAG work?
Candela GentleYAG Pro® is a non-invasive Nd:YAG laser treatment that is used to remove unwanted hair from the face and body. It can be safely used on all skin types and works without damaging surrounding structures and delicate pores in the skin. The laser uses a 1064nm non-ablative wavelength of light which does not damage the upper layer of skin. The laser beam passes to the hair follicle and is absorbed by the pigment there. The laser energy is converted to heat and destroys the hair follicle, leaving the surrounding area unaffected.
Which parts of the body can undergo GentleYAG Pro?
Many different parts of the body can be treated with this laser. The most common areas are the chin, upper lip, bikini line, arms, underarms, and legs in women, and the shoulders, back, and beard area in men.
What are the key benefits of this treatment?
One of the key advantages of Candela GentleYAG Pro are that it can effectively treat all skin types. This means people from Asian, African-American, Hispanic, Mediterranean, and other ethnic groups with darker skin tones, who are often discouraged from undergoing laser hair removal, can now safely and effectively undergo treatments with these lasers without damaging darker skin.
Some of the other skin conditions that can benefit from GentleYAG Pro include spider veins, telangiectasias, pigmented lesions, vascular lesions, hemangiomas, venous lakes, blue veins on the face, age spots, cafe au lait spots, sun damage, freckles, melasma, and seborrheic keratoses.
What to know before GentleYAG Pro treatment?
The duration of the treatment can vary from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the area being treated. You will need 4-6 sessions to get optimal results. The sessions are usually spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart, depending on the part of the body being treated. As noted, besides permanent hair reduction, the Candela GentleYAG Pro laser can also be used for anti-aging skin tightening treatments and other conditions such as spider veins, wrinkles, and sunspots.
Laser hair removal leads to permanent hair reduction in the treatment area. However, everyone is different and results can vary from patient to patient. There are no age restrictions and people of all ages can be treated with safety using the GentleYAG system.
It is worth noting that only hair follicles that contain pigment can be removed during this procedure because the laser targets pigment. Therefore, people with black or brown hair are good candidates for GentleYAG Pro.
Am I a candidate for GentleYAG?
At the time of your initial consultation, your provider will evaluate your skin condition and talk to you about your concerns. If you are a deemed an appropriate candidate, your aesthetic provider will test the GentleYAG Pro laser on a few areas first. The test will allow them to ensure your skin color (if dark) will not react poorly to the treatment. If you do not qualify for this particular procedure, your provider will discuss other procedures for treating your aesthetic / cosmetic concerns, including resolving unwanted hair.
Does the GentleYAG laser treatment hurt?
Laser hair removal with GentleYAG Pro equipment is a gentle procedure and is not painful. Most people describe it like a snapping rubber band on the skin or a hot pinch. The procedures can be uncomfortable for some patients, however. Providers can apply topical anesthesia half an hour before the treatment if this is a concern. For the most part, the new-age cooling feature of the GentleYAG Pro ensures that the majority of patients experience little to no discomfort.
What is recovery like after GentleYAG laser hair removal?
It is an outpatient procedure and you can go home immediately afterward. There will be some minor irritation, redness, and swelling initially, but most patients can return to all regular activities later the same day. The skin may feel sunburned for a few hours to a day. As the hair sheds in the treated area, some mild crusting can occur. You will be advised to use SPF 30 sunscreen while you heal. Applying cool compresses on the area will also help relieve any discomfort, swelling, and redness.
What results can I expect?
Over time, more and more of your unwanted hair will fall off. Any hair that grows back after GentleYAG Pro will be lighter in color and finer in thickness. As noted, it typically requires 2-6 treatments to obtain optimal results. Notably, not all patients can achieve total removal of hair. However, most patients experience a noticeable decrease in unwanted hair. You may need to return for a repetition or touch-up if new hairs grow out.
What is the best laser for hair removal?
The GentleYAG Pro system is the gold standard in hair removal with lasers. However, it is a good idea to consult a specialist and talk about the different methods of getting rid of unwanted hair, including other laser systems.
Talk to a provider about GentleYAG laser treatments
Hair removal with lasers is less painful than waxing, shaving, and electrolysis, and offers a permanent solution to unwanted hair. It can be performed in most patients with different skin types including pigmented darker skin as well as different hair colors and textures.
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