Laser Hair Removal
Dr. Robinson offers GentleLase and GentleYag hair removal options. The GentleLase Laser is the gold standard for hair removal in caucasions. The GentleYag laser is the gold standard for laser hair removal in patients of color or tanned skin and is also an excellent treatment for facial, leg, spider veins and hemangiomas. These treaments also provide excellent results in the removal of brown spots such as sun spots (liver spots) and flat benign brown keratoses. Candela's (the makers of the GentleLase) patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) technology protects the upper layers of your skin with a cooling mist. Together, the long-pulse laser and DCD cooling offer optimal treatment with minimal side effects.
What should I know about laser hair removal?
Depending on the amount of hair being treated, the procedure varies from patient to patient. Generally, the treatment will include:
- 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.
- Both you and your practitioner will wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light during the procedure.
- A small hand piece will be used that touches the skin to deliver the laser light. Cryogen spray will cool the skin just before each laser pulse.
- 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 and 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 being treated.
- 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 a cooling compress, cold gel pack or cooling gels.
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
How many treatments will I need?
Hair grows in cycles. The number of treatments required depends upon your skin color, hair color and coarseness of hair and location of treatment. 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.
GentleLase and GentleYag Laser
How does the laser treatment work?
The laser creates a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deeply into skin tissue, where it delivers a controlled amount of therapeutic heat to the targeted hair or spider veins. Canadela's patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) technology protects the upper layers of your skin with a cooling burst of cryogen. Together, the long-pulse laser and DCD cooling offer optimal treatment with minimal side effects.
What can I expect during treatment?
Treatment will take place in Dr. Bruce Robinson's New York office. You will wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light. Dr. Bruce Robinson will guide the laser to the treatment areas with a small handpiece. Each laser pulse may be preceded and followed by a short pulse of cooling spray. A treatment could take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the area being treated.
Does it hurt?
Some patients may feel a slight discomfort with each laser pulse, sometimes described as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. This discomfort resolves in several seconds and is minimized by Candela's DCD cooling. For some patients, a topical anesthetic may be used prior to treatment. Be sure to discuss this with Dr. Bruce Robinson before the procedure if applicable.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
The number of sessions depends on the treatment you require and the condition of your skin. Multiple treatments may be required, but many factors impact the efficacy of individual laser treatments, including the severity of the condition being treated.
How can I prepare for treatment?
Your skin should be thoroughly cleaned and dried, removing any makeup, creams, oils, topical anesthetics or self-tanning products before laser treatment. If you have had a history of herpes simplex virus and are scheduled for facial vain or hair removal treatment, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed. The intended treatment area should not be exposed to sunlight or tanning booth light for 14 days prior to treatment.
What can I exepct after treatment?
A cool compress or gel pack may be applied for comfort following your treatment. If any redness or swelling should occur it resolves within a few hours.
What precautions should I take after treatments?
After laser treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock (SPF 30 or above). In the first few days after treatment, don't scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers. Dr. Bruce Robinson may advise additional precautions.
Are there side effects?
Your risks are minimal. Although rare, effects may include redness, swelling, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, blistering and purpura (a laser bruise) in the treated area--these usually do not last more than a few hours to a few days. Permanent side effects are rare. Be sure to discuss potential side effects with Dr. Bruce Robinson.
Are these treatments covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. Consult your insurance carrier for conclusive information.