Tweezing, threading, and waxing are hair removal methods that many are accustomed to – sometimes in defeat being left with no choice.
Their convenience and affordability are often marred by the painful process and lackluster results usually evidenced by skin darkening, pitting, and ingrown hairs. This outcome only makes any effort to look better to be futile.
Laser hair removal was introduced with the intent to provide permanent results minus the pain and poor aesthetics. However, the number of sessions needed can stack up the price, leaving most to shy away from it. Furthermore, other types of lasers are not as inclusive in that they are only limited to work on certain skin types.
This revealed a demand for a kind of device that is not only efficient in every session, but also comes with the ability to cover a wider range of skin types – something that recent developments are now able to provide.
GentleMax Pro was designed by Syneron Candela to be an integrated aesthetic platform with the speed, power, and versatility to work on a wider range of clients. It has a dual laser configuration which means that it combines the treatment capabilities of the GentleLASE Pro and GentleYAG Pro. The Nd:YAG wavelength makes hair removal safe for those with dark skin complexions, while the Alexandrite laser is the preferred choice for lighter skin types.
In this treatment, laser energy is delivered through a small handpiece that will be operated by the practitioner. The laser delivers and intense light beam that which the skin absorbs and converts into heat. The heat created is absorbed by the target cells (hair) and damages it, while the surrounding tissue (skin) remains unaffected. The skin may be slightly red immediately following the procedure, but this will last for a few minutes to several hours after the treatment.
The GentleMax Pro is equipped with the technology to effect safe and pain-free, permanent hair reduction. It is FDA cleared and CE marked for its ability to treat the widest range of skin types and hair colors.
However, it is expected that every area will react differently. Some can be challenging, while some may respond easily requiring fewer sessions.
At Dr. Tyng Tan Aesthetics and Hair Clinic, we inform patients of all possible outcome prior to treatment. Therefore, an in-person evaluation is necessary for proper advice.
Some redness and swelling after treatment can be expected. These can last a few hours to days depending on the treated area and whether the patient follows post-treatment protocol.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What areas can be treated?
• Upper lip
• Bikini Line
2. How many treatments are needed?
For most of the areas, around 4-6 treatments are necessary to achieve the desired hair clearance.
3. Is this treatment painful?
GentleMax Pro is designed with skin cooling options. This includes the chilled air technology, their own Air Cooling Compatible (ACC) handpiece, and the patented Dynamic Cooling Device™(DCD™). It creates measured epidermal cooling before and after each pulse. Bursts of cryogen are sprayed on the surface of the skin in adjustable durations milliseconds before the laser pulse.
This cooling technology protects the outermost layer of the skin and reduces discomfort while allowing the application of the necessary laser energy to cause permanent hair reduction. Overall, this key feature allows safe treatment even at a higher fluence.
4. How should I prepare for this treatment?
• Avoid plucking, waxing, and bleaching hair 2 weeks prior to your appointment.
• If you have a history of herpex simplex virus, let your doctor know prior to the treatment, as you must get a prophylactic treatment first.
• The area must be clean-shaven and cleansed thoroughly.
• Remove any makeup, oils, topical anaesthetics, or self-tanning products before the treatment.
• Wait for tanned skin to fade before beginning treatment.
• Avoid sun exposure at least two weeks before the treatment.
5. How long will this treatment take?
Treatment time may vary depending on the specific needs of each patient. Each treatment reduces hair growth. The number of treatments needed will be based on your hair color and type, skin tone, and body area. With customizable spot sizes (12mm, 15mm, 18mm, 20mm, 22mm, and 24mm), the work can be done efficiently, even with multiple sites to target.
6. What can be expected during treatment?
There will be redness and swelling around each hair follicle. Some patients may even have symptoms like that of hives. It is also expected that lighter hairs may not respond quite as well.
7. What are the post-treatment instructions should I remember?
To reduce discomfort and swelling, a cool compress can be applied on the area. Aloe Vera and topical corticosteroids can also help soothe the area and improve redness and swelling. Patients must also stay away from the sun since the area can be sensitive after treatment and it may cause hyperpigmentation (skin darkening). You can protect it using a sunscreen with SPF30.
To manage unwanted hair permanently, book your consultation with Dr. Tyng Tan today. Try GentleMax Pro for a safe medical hair removal treatment.
DISCLAIMER: Dr Tyng Tan Aesthetics and Hair Clinic website provides general information about medical aesthetic treatments and procedures. It must be remembered that individual client’s circumstances may vary and each treatment may not be suitable for all.
Our website serves as basic information for clients and does not substitute a detailed and personal consultation with a practitioner.