Frequently Asked Questions
If I’ve been out in the sun, use a tanning bed, or use sunless tanning products; can I be treated with a laser?
Because many of the lasers made by Candela have absorption by melanin/pigment, we advise that clients avoid ANY sun exposure, tanning beds, and sunless tanning products for at least 2 weeks prior to treatment and 2 weeks after.
What causes bruising?
Bruising, or purpura, is typically caused by energy being delivered into the skin too quickly. Particularly with the Vbeam and GentleYAG for vascular anomalies. Also to be considered are medications or herbal supplements such as, ibuprofen, aspirin, vitamin E and fish oils. We also advise that clients avoid being treated soon after exercise. Vascular dilation creates more targets that may bruise.
How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments required is dependent on several factors. First, what is the indication being treated? Hair requires more treatments than vascular lesions for example and what body area being treated for hair will also play a factor in number of treatments. Also, every client responds differently therefore Jane Doe may need more treatments than Jill Doe.
Is GentleYag Laser Painful?
When the laser is applied to the skin, patients feel some stinging, similar in sensation to the snapping of a small rubber band against the skin. We therefore have some of our patients apply an anesthetic cream to the area being treated for 30 minutes prior to the procedure. This ensures patient comfort during the treatment.
Are there any pre-treatment procedures?
We will consult with you and review the pre-treatment procedures. The skin being lasered must not be tanned (no tanning spray neither). Patients who have had Accutane for acne may not have laser for at least six months (and possibly one year) after stopping Accutane.
Will the laser be harmful to organs and lymph nodes?
No, due to the limited depth of penetration neither the organs or lymph nodes should absorb the laser light.
Photosensitivity and Topical Meds: how long should medications and topicals be avoided prior to and after laser treatments?
It depends on the medication and the topical being used by the client. Clients should be off of Accutane for at least 6 months prior to laser treatments. Other medications should be examined and a test spot be performed if there is any concern of an adverse reaction. Retinoids should also be ceased 3–5 days prior to laser treatment as they can create excessive redness.
Are compression stockings required post leg vein treatments?
While compression stockings are common post sclerotherapy treatment, they are not absolutely necessary after treatment of leg veins.
Can you do treatments for both hair reduction and wrinkle reduction the same day on the same area?
We recommend performing treatments for each indication separately.
How long does it take for a hair to shed once it has been treated?
Hair can take up to two weeks to shed after treatment of the GentleLASE and nearly three weeks after treatment with the GentleYAG.
Can you perform laser treatments and a chemical peel the same day?
We recommend that each indication be treated individually and on different days.
How long should a client wait before applying make-up, deodorant, etc?
So long as the treatment is non–ablative, 2–3 hours is the recommended period of time.
When treating legs for hair reduction, do they need to be cleanly shaven?
Yes, all areas being treated for hair reduction should be shaved the day prior to treatment. Any hair that is above the surface of the skin will absorb light that is intended for the hair follicle.
What should be applied to the skin post treatment?
There are many different things that can be applied to the skin after a laser treatment. Most common are aloe vera, cold compresses, and most importantly a 30+ spf sun block.
Can clients exercise before or after treatment of leg veins?
Clients should avoid exercise the day of treatment and for 5 days after the treatment of leg veins. Also to be avoided are excessively hot baths and showers, steam rooms or saunas, alcohol, and any medications that may thin the blood.
How much hair will remain after completing a series of treatment? In other words, is there a guarantee?
Unfortunately there are no guarantees in laser hair reduction. There are clinical studies showing improvement of up to 85-95% but that every client will respond with this amount of efficacy.
What are the potential side effects from using the laser?
While side effects are quire rare, the possibilities are erythema, edema, bruising, welting, hyper or hypo–pigmentation and blisters.
Why is there a need for multiple treatments?
Due to the nature of the human body, it may take multiple treatments for improvement. For hair, there are several cycles of hair growth and a certain number of hairs may only be growing at a particular time. For vessels, they may need to be shrunk over a number of treatments. And wrinkle treatments are a result of the laser stimulating the body to produce or reorganize collagen.
What is the post treatment protocol for leg veins? Can I exercise? Can I drink alcohol? Etc?
In order to optimize leg vein treatments certain activities should be avoided:
Abstain from running, jogging, lifting weights for approximately 5 days.
Abstain from baths, hot tubs, saunas, long showers, or any activity which will make you sweat.
- If your physician has recommended use of compression stockings, please follow their instructions for use.
- Because alcohol can cause vasodilation, abstaining from alcohol is recommended for approximately 5 days.