Alex Laser Hair Removal with Candela GentleLASE®

by Dr. Ebtisam, MBBCh, MScRes, ADD, DRH
Dr. Ebtisam

The technology of laser hair removal is advancing rapidly. Laser hair removal is one of the most fashionable, and non-invasive cosmetic procedures for the unwanted hair. Alexandrite laser hair removal is a finely tuned sophisticated procedure done with the use of a laser, and it provides permanent laser hair removal treatment. These specific lasers are long pulse duration, and are designed to getting to the root of the problem and to remove the growth center at the base of the hair follicle. It utilizes the Photothermolysis technology with a cooling system for the superficial part of the skin, making it pain free. It is fast and easy and applicable to big areas using spot sizes accordingly to the desired places of the body.

Alex laser hair removal provides the most effective and efficient hair removal available in the world today. This is because the alexandrite laser emits an exact wavelength of light (755 nm), which is the perfect wavelength to attach to the melanin in the hair and damage hair follicles. The laser emits a gentle beam of high-intensity light that penetrates and passes deep through the skin, to the hair follicle, where the laser light is absorbed. Upon absorption, the laser energy is transformed into heat, which can destroy the follicle.

Laser Hair Removal has been a welcome alternative to traditional hair removal such as shaving and waxing which can be uncomfortable if not painful, requiring repeated visits to the beautician, not to mention the awkward appearance of pimply skin. Compared to waxing and shaving hair removal techniques, laser hair removal can be cheaper in the long run and it save around 80% by its application.

We are nowadays living in a society where appearances are very vital, and thus having laser hair removal is important as the hair can be an embarrassing issues. Laser recently have a profound effect on our life, an effective long lasting treatment.  It is a simple beam of light with an amazing effect, plus the advantage of none invasive tool.

The laser can also target pigmented lesions such as sun spots, freckles, lentigens, where the light will be absorbed by the melanin and destroying the unwanted lesion.

There will be some experience of slight discomfort, however it is manageable. Dark hair is best and can treat all skin types, and results will be great and noticeable by the customers. After about 6 treatments, there is an expectation of a 60 to 90 reduction in hair growth.

Moreover, Laser hair removal is not just for women. Men nowadays do not wish to have hair in their body, and suffer from unwanted back or shoulder excessive hair, scalp in some male pattern baldness namely horse shoe shape figure 1 (where extensive hair loss with only a circle of hair remaining in the back and sides of the scalp), and additionally athletes are aspiring and looking for a smooth silky-skin. Also some men want to neaten up their hair line over beard areas, and with all that stated, laser hair removal for men is the best solution.

Figure 1 Figure 1-horse shoe shape

Furthermore, Laser hair removal is an excellent treatment for ingrown hairs and will provide relief from razor bumps. Additionally, hair removal for men can be difficult, because male hair is usually thick and coarse.

Before laser, electrolysis was used which was tedious and often associated with scaring. With laser beams, hair growth is impeded.  Laser hair removal is a safe, fast and effective treatment that make customers happy. The Candela offers a cooling sensation to minimize pain and cool skin. The treatment times depends on the area treatment and the customer needs.

The Candela GentleLASE laser is state of the art laser and recognized as one of the best hair removal lasers available. The level of patient satisfaction is beyond any one could imagine, and with no downtime.

There is variety of things and wider range that can be offered by Candela, such as unwanted hair, vascular lesions, pigmented lesion, acne, scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and tattoos. Candela versatility include age spot, sun spot, light veins, freckles and some deep vascular anomalies.

Certain precautions are needed before having the procedure:

Avoid sun two weeks before and after laser.

Don’t bleach, wax or pluck 4 to 6 weeks before and after laser sessions.

Shave the desired area which prevents burning of the underlying epidermis and thus ensure most of laser energy is directed deep into the hair shaft to remove the hair effectively.

Tanned skin should wait until it fades away.

Darker skin needs bleaching cream 5 to 6 weeks before and after laser treatment.

Preventative herpes viral treatment needed for those who have histories.

Inform your doctor about any medication as some are photosensitizer

Avoid prolonged skin exposure

Before the session, apply mild soap to remove any creams, perfumes and deodorants.

Discuss the expectations and the desired results and treatment protocols such as applying EMLA, and to see if customer’s expectations are met.

After laser treatment, there is some expectations;

Treatment can last from few minutes to several hours depending on size and location applied.

Safety glass applied to protect the eyes.

Before the laser pulse energy is delivered, a dynamic cooling device with spray coolant is emitted.

After laser, the treated area will be pink or red, per follicular edema’ which means the right and proper dose of energy has been delivered, which will last from few minutes to several hours.

Apply sun block with SPF 30 or more when going outdoors.

It is important to acknowledge that not all laser hair removal is the same, as there are some cheaper and more inferior versions of hair removal such as IPL (Intense Pulse Laser). IPL is not true laser hair removal, and is only partially effective. IPL Laser Hair Removal uses full spectrum light (as the one of the light bulb), while Lasers use just one wavelength of consistent and coherent light. Light from a Laser is specifically designed to target hair removal, without exposing you to any unnecessary light radiation figure 2. Thus single wavelength lasers are more effective at hair removal, and thus its little costly more than the inferior IPL treatments available. Whereas, the IPL is a much inferior and less effective hair removal technique and the results often don’t last very long.

A course of around 6 to 8 sessions for maximum results is needed; this is because the laser can only treat hair in the active growth stage and hair can be in any one of the three stages of hair growth cycle.

Figure 2Figure 2-IPL and Alex laser beams spectrum

Lastly, addressing a customer quires will keeping them happy and returning to your service will generate more profitability then a new customer.  It’s always vital to listen in to your client and understand what they want precisely to avoid any unexpected disappointments.


The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.

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About Dr. Ebtisam, MBBCh, MScRes, ADD, DRH

Dr Ebtisam Elghblawi graduated from AL-Fatah University (Tripoli-Libya), medicine faculty in 1993; Medicine was a big interest since youth. She was awarded the top marks in her class during her years of medical study. After graduation, Dr. Elghblawi started work in the Dermatology department. In 2004 she was selected out of 700 applicants to conduct a Master Degree. She finished a D/L diploma in Clinical Dermatology, Australia, completed a DRH, a professional Diploma at LSTM, and her thesis was about GWs and the KAB in women. She was granted a short EBM course in Oxford which is now a new entity in medicine, a very rewarding experience.