Láser Alejandrita - GentleLase Plus

The first and only hair removal & vascular lesion laser with dynamic cooling.

The system has a longer wavelength (755nm), high energy (100J/cm2) and the largest spot size (18mm diameter), characteristics which enable deeper penetration by laser energy of the targeted area and faster treatments than first generation, long pulse ruby, alexandrite diode lasers, or flashlamp devices. 
The GentleLASE Plus system also offers precise and non-invasive laser treatment of cosmetic skin conditions - ideal for dermatologists, plastic surgeons and other medical practitioners. 

Service As Innovative As Our Systems

Candela prides itself on unparalled customer service--evident not only in the responsiveness of our field service organization, but also in our unique capabilities. For example we offer the user-friendly GentleLASE interface, which minimizes the need for operational assistance...Candela On-LineTM, our state-of-the-art remote service available via modem...and comprehensive clinical inservice education, and marketing support. Each service is designed to achieve the same goal: to help you optimize your laser system investment. 

Dynamic Cooling Device TM
Epidermal Protection and Faster Treatment-- Even at High Fluences 

GentleLASE Plus's unique, integrated DCD is based on proprietary Candela technology. In fact, it is the only long-pulse alexandrite laser with dynamic cooling. This safe, innovative process selectively cools the epidermis during low and high fluence treatments. 

DCD delivers a short, targeted burst of non-toxic cryogen onto the top layers of the patient's skin milliseconds before the laser pulse. This evaporative coolant speeds up treatment, without affecting the underlying targeted hair follicles and blood vessels or impeding your visibility. 

Furthermore, the DCD reduces the need for cooling gels and expensive anesthesia for most patients. Best of all, it helps decrease patients' treatment times, and allows for quick recovery. 

What the experts have to say. 

     "The longer alexandrite wavelength enables GentleLASE to penetrate deeper than ruby lasers. The large spot size (15mm) not only allows the physician to treat a larger area more quickly, but also helps the laser penetrate deeper than those with smaller spot sizes. Cimbined with the Dynamic Cooling Device, this laser can safely and selectively danage deeper hair structures while protecting the epidermis." 

Thomas E. Rohrer, MD 
Director, Dermatologic Surgery 
Boston University, School of Medecine 
Boston, Massachusetts 

"This system has proved quite effective in treating leg veins, particularly large purple or blue veins. We have been able to provide more comfortable treatment and, for the first time, deliver high energy, more deeply, without risk to collateral tissue." 

Arielle N. B. Kavrar, MD 
The Laser and Skin Center of New York 
Assistant Professor of Dermatology 
New York University 

"...half the cost and twice as fast as most systems. It also works on a wider range of skin types." 

Dr. Michael Clinton 
Plastic Surgeon 
Birmingham, Alabama 

"It's by far the fastest I've seen. And I've seen them all. I'm able to do a back in 40 minutes, lower leggs in half an hour, and an upper lip in about a minute." 

Dr. Denise Forte-Pathroff 
Bismark, North Dakota 

"With GentleLASE integrated dynamic cooling, I'm able to provide faster treatment, even at the highest fluences, while preventing thermal injury. Patients experience excellent clearance with virtually no side effects. I've tried other lasers and this is the best." 

Stephen Eubanks, MD 
Medical Director 
Rocky Mountain Laser Clinic, Inc. 
Denver, Colorado 

What the experts have to say about darker skin types.

"In our study of 85 patients with skin types I-IV, we found an almost 40% reduction in hair one and a half years after only a single treatment and a 73% reduction a year and a half after three treatments. Clinically we have been treating skin types V and VI now without problem. The larger spot size (18mm) and the dynamic cooling device allow safe treatment of darker skin types." 

Thomas E. Rohrer, MD 
Director, Dermatologic Surgery 
Boston University, School of Medecine 
Boston, Massachusetts 

"As hair removal lasers work on the melanin principle, the ideal patient is very fair with dark hair. But we can use it on African American and Mediterranean skin types. You simply have to go down in power. Specifically, the GentleLASE has been very useful, because we can go lower on power and still treat very dark-skinned patients with no comlications and very good hair results." 

Michael S. Clinton, MD 
Grotting Core Wolsley & Clinton 
Birmingham, Alabama

"The Dynamic Cooling Device and lower fluences are the keys to safely treating darker skin patients." 

Steven Ugent, MD 
Assistant Professor of Dermatology 
Boston University, School of Medecine 

"Since the lowest amount of energy necessary to remove hair is still enough to damage the overlying skin, GentlLASE's Dynamic Cooling Device not only allows us to provide treatments that are less painful, but also allows us to protect the overlying epidermis for most skin types." 

Jeffrey S. Dover, MD, FRCPC 
Director of Skincare Physicians 
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 

"The variable spot sizes adjustable fluence levels and the unique cooling system of the GentleLASE Laser makes it safe and effective for treating patients of all skin types for hair removal." 

Lorenzo Kunze, ME CPE, Laser Specialist 
Rocky Mountain Laser Clinic 
Denver, Colorado

"The adjustable laser parameters and the unique cooling system of the GentleLASE laser allows me to routinely treat and eliminate ingrown hairs and "beard bumps" on patients with skin types IV & V." 

Eliot Lach, MD, F.A.C.S. 
UMass Memorial Medical Center 

"You can safely and effectively use the GentleLASE on skin type V patients and I have been doing so for two years." 

Barbara St. John, RN 
Newton Vein & Laser Centre 
Newton Centre, Massachusetts 

Patient Info

What is the Candela GentleLASE laser and why is it a safe treatment?

     Lasers have been used for many years for a variety of medical cosmetic procedures including treatment of facial and leg veins, age spots and rejuvenating the skin on the face. The GentleLASE System, a revolutionary long-pulse high energy alexandrite laser emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle where it is absorbed. The laser energy is transformed into heat, which destroys the hair follicle leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. The skin is further protected during treatment by a Dynamic Cooling DeviceTM where cryogen is sprayed onto the skin cooling the upper layers and providing patients with increased comfort. The GentleLASE
selectivity helps to protect the skin, while effectively treating the unwanted hair. 

What conditions are treated with the laser?

     Traditional hair removal techniques, such as shaving, plucking, waxing and depilatory creams provide only temporary relief. Until now, the only recognized way to remove hair permanently has been by electrolysis - which can be tedious, time-consuming and uncomfortable. The GentleLASE System safely removes unwanted body hair without damaging the delicate pores and structures of the skin. Facial and bikini areas are usually completed in under ten minutes; legs, backs and larger areas can take longer. 

What does the treatment include?

     Depending on the amount of hair treated, the procedure varies from patient to patient. Generally, the treatment will include: 

*    Wearing safety eyewear to protect the practitioner and patient's eyes from the laser light during the procedure. 
*    A small handpiece Will be used that touches the skin to deliver the laser light. A light spray of coolant onto the skin will be felt just before each laser pulse. 
*    A test area will be done prior to the entire treatment. Your full treatment may be done on the same day or up to two weeks later, depending on the skin reaction. 
*    Most patients experience little discomfort at the treatment site because of the dynamic cooling device. 
*    The degree of discomfort varies with each person, depending on his/her pain threshold. Topical anesthesia may also be requested based on individual preferences or tolerances. Be sure to discuss this with your practitioner in advance of the laser treatment. 
*    The procedure can take as little as 10 minutes or up to an hour, depending on the area treatment. 
*    The treated area may become pink or red within 30 minutes of treatment; this may last from a few hours to several days and is relieved with the application of ice or cooling gels. 

What precautions should be taken before and after treatment?

*    Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and after treatment or until your practitioner allows it. 
*    You must avoid electrolysis, plucking or waxing hair for 6 weeks prior to treatment. 
*    If you have had a history of per ioral herpes, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed. 
*    If you have a dark skin type, a bleaching cream    may be started 4-6 weeks before treatment to optimize results. 
*    You should discuss your desired results and the improvements you expect to achieve with your practitioner. Together you can decide if your expectations will be met and if this laser treatment is the best option. 

How many treatments will I need?

     Hair grows in cycles. The number of treatments required depends upon your skin color and coarseness of the hair. Everyone will require at least 2-3 treatments as the process is only effective on hair during the early growing cycle. Repeat sessions will be necessary to treat these follicles when they re-enter the early growth phase. 

Is this procedure covered by insurance?

     Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. However, consult with your insurance carrier for more information.

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