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At Ashé Laser Med Spa, we understand that results can only be achieved by employing a rigorously trained & experienced staff working with the very latest FDA approved technologies. Our philosophy is to employ highly trained professionals coupled with the best laser technology to achieve exceptional results.

What is the Candela GentleYAG System?

Is it painful?

How permanent is laser hair removal?

Which body areas can be treated?

How many treatment sessions are necessary?

Will the treated areas be hair-free after the treatment series?

What should I do to maximize the value of each treatment session?

Who is an ideal candidate for laser hair removal?

What if I've had prior laser treatment or electrolysis?

What about freckles, moles or tattoos in the treatment area?

What should I expect after laser treatment?

Should I restrict any activities after treatments?

Are there any risks involved with laser hair removal?

Why is laser hair removal better than other methods?

Is laser hair removal more effective than electrolysis?

How much does laser hair removal cost?

Does insurance cover the cost of laser hair removal treatments?

Is the cost of laser treatment tax deductible as a medical expense?

Will the hair grow back, and if so, how much and how quickly?

Is it true the hair sometimes seems to continue growing after treatment?

What specifically does unwanted female facial hair refer to?

Do some hair colors respond better to laser treatment?

What do the terms Hypertrichosis and Hirsutism mean?

What should I consider when contemplating permanent laser hair removal?

What is the Candela GentleYAG System?2005

This is a state-of-the-art light therapy technology designed specifically for the elimination of unwanted body hair. This non-invasive technique generates a concentrated, highly intense beam of light, which kills the hair roots without damaging the surrounding skin tissue. It is a quick, effective and gentle system for the removal of unwanted hair that is safe on all skin types.

Is it painful?2005

Some clients report a tingling sensation, or a slight pin-prick sensation. However the collective opinion is that the discomfort is significantly less painful than waxing, tweezing, razor burn or cuts from shaving. Candela GentleYAG features a cooling device which protects the skin and makes treatment more comfortable.

How permanent is laser hair removal?2005

"Permanent hair removal" is a relative term, and at present there is no system for hair removal that really guarantees the hair will never grow back. The FDA has cleared all laser hair removal procedures as "Permanent Reduction". Furthermore, laser hair removal is a long-lasting solution for greatly reducing the amount of hair on the body. In most cases the hair reduction is reduced between seventy and ninety per cent. If any hair does re-grow, it is generally much lighter in color and finer-textured, so that it is not as noticeable. The majority of laser hair removal clients are extremely pleased with these results.

Which body areas can be treated?2005

With the Candela GentleYAG we can treat any part of the body for hair removal. For women the most common treatment areas are the underarms, upper lip, legs, bikini line, and eyebrows.

How many treatment sessions are necessary?2005

The number of sessions you will need is dependent on a number of factors. Some of these factors are your hair color (darker hair requires less sessions), your skin pigmentation (dark skin may require more sessions), your hair density, your hormonal status, and whether or not you are on medication (some medicines can increase hair growth). However on average clients can expect to need six to eight treatment sessions. This is due to the fact that the laser destroys hair follicles that are in an active growth stage by destroying the roots. But at any given time there are also hair follicles in dormant stages, which have not yet developed roots. On the dormant hairs lasers have no effect, so the client must return to destroy the dormant hairs as they enter the active stage of their cycle and develop roots.

Will treated areas be hair-free after the treatment series?2005

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What should I do to maximize the value of each treatment session?2005

There are several things you can do to increase the level of effectiveness of laser treatments. Our technicians at Ashé Laser Med Spa will provide you with a list of recommendations. Some of these recommendations include the avoidance of tanning (best results are achieved when the skin is at its lightest), and the avoidance of waxing or tweezing, since the laser beam works by seeking out and killing the actively growing hair roots. Shaving and bleaching have no affect on the hair follicle roots, so those procedures are allowed before treatment.

Who is an ideal candidate for laser hair removal?2005

With the Candela GentleYAG system, we can successfully treat most people regardless of skin and hair color. Since white hair has insufficient color pigment for effective laser treatment, it may be a good idea to have your laser hair removal treatment completed before you go gray or white!

What if I've had prior laser treatment or electrolysis?2005

We have successfully treated many clients who have either been unable to tolerate electrolysis, or who have had unsatisfactory results with older laser systems.

What about freckles, moles or tattoos in the treatment area?2005

Freckles and moles are not a problem, because we can adjust the laser intensity for those areas. Tattoos in general do not usually require hair removal treatment since very little hair growth occurs under the tattoo. Permanent eyebrows and lip liner are tattoos; so make sure to inform us if you have these so that we can use special precautions near those areas.

What should I expect after laser treatment?2005

It is common to experience redness after treatment, which in many cases fades before the client gets back home. It is normal for some clients to experience redness for between one and forty-eight hours after laser treatment. In addition, you may experience dryness in the treated areas.

Should I restrict any activities after treatment?2005

We recommend that you do not take a hot shower or bath for the first day after treatment, and that you avoid any activity that may cause sweating for the first day as well. Results are best and irritation is minimized when the skin is not overheated by hot water or exercise immediately following laser treatment.

Are there any risks involved with laser hair removal?2005

The laser light is not a carcinogen. The only risks may include slight skin redness or local swelling, which generally last less than an hour. Very rarely the client may experience a lightening of pigment in the treated area. This is usually not a major cosmetic issue, and typically resolves itself after just a few months. Certain medications and hormones may react with the laser, so if you are taking any photosensitive medications, you will want to give us a call to see if it may cause a reaction to the laser.

Why is laser hair removal better than other methods?2005

With laser hair removal systems, it is possible to treat larger areas of skin with much less pain and discomfort than with other methods, such as tweezing or waxing. In addition, it's much faster and has much longer-lasting results,

Is laser hair removal more effective than electrolysis?2005

Yes. Electrolysis is much more time consuming and a lot less effective than laser treatments. Electrolysis often requires hundreds of hours of treatment, and only 15-50 % hair removal is achieved. In addition it is a more painful method of hair removal.

How much does laser hair removal cost?2005

The cost of laser hair removal can be quite affordable. Unlike other treatments like electrolysis, laser treatment can cover large areas at a time, requiring far less treatment sessions. Consequently the client experiences savings in terms of actual cost of treatment as well as valuable time saved. When you come in for your initial consultation, we will provide you with the actual cost of your particular treatment.

Does Insurance cover the cost of laser hair removal treatments?2005

Laser hair removal is generally considered a cosmetic procedure not covered by insurance. However there are some circumstances where your private insurance company may allow reimbursement, so check with your insurance carrier to learn whether your treatments qualify.

Is the cost of laser hair removal tax deductible as a medical expense?2005

Not unless it is prescribed by a physician to treat a hormonal or genetic condition. We suggest you check with the IRS or with your accountant for more information.

Will the hair grow back, and if so how much and how quickly?2005

This varies among individual clients, but usually new hair growth will resume anywhere from a few weeks to a few months after your first treatment. This occurs as previously dormant hair follicles enter their active growth cycle and develop roots. For most clients there is less re-growth after each session, with almost none by the fourth treatment session. Often there is very little or even no re-growth for several years after your last treatment. Keep in mind that what hair re-growth you do experience will be much finer in texture and lighter in color, and therefore an insignificant cosmetic problem.

Is it true the hair sometimes seems to continue growing after treatment?2005

Although laser treatment destroys the active hair follicle roots, it does not immediately remove them. They are shed during the first week after treatment, and the last few dead hairs fall out by the third week. This causes some clients to initially assume they are seeing hair growth.

What specifically does unwanted female facial hair refer to?2005

Well over twenty million women in America consider their facial hair a problem that must be dealt with on at least a weekly basis. This traditionally includes facial hair that grows darker, thicker, longer or coarser than is desirable. Laser hair removal is the ideal solution to unwanted female facial hair.

Do some hair colors respond better to laser treatment?2005

Black and brown hair get the quickest results from laser treatment because the lasers target the color pigmentation in the hair follicle roots. Since dark hair has more color pigment, treatment is absorbed more readily, making less treatment sessions necessary.

What do the terms Hypertrichosis and Hirsutism mean?2005

Hirutism is excessive hair growth in an area of the face or body where it's not usually found, like the face, chest or neck. Hypertrichosis refers to excessive hair growth in areas other than the face, neck, chest and thighs. Both are successfully treated with laser hair removal.

What should I consider when contemplating permanent laser hair removal?2005

Here are some of the things you should think about when considering lasting hair removal.
  • (1) Does dealing with your unwanted hair interfere with your business life, your social life, or your romantic life?
  • (2) How much would permanent hair removal from your face and/or body raise your self-esteem?
  • (3) How permanent is laser hair remHow important is it to you to eliminate time-consuming, temporary methods of hair removal from your scheduleoval?
  • Most people come to the conclusion that long-lasting, affordable laser hair removal is a good investment. Our clients site the savings of both time and money previously spent on temporary hair removal solutions. We're proud that laser hair removal has served as a wonderful rejuvenation of self-esteem for so many of our happy clients at Ashé Laser Med Spa.

    What is Laser Skin Tightening?

    How does the Laser Skin Tightening treatment work?

    How do I prepare for the Laser Skin Tightening treatment?

    Does the Skin Tightening laser treatment hurt?

    How many Skin Tightening Laser treatments will I need?

    Are there any side effects from the Skin Tightening Procedure?

    What can I expect after the Skin Tightening Laser treatment?

    What precautions should I take after the Skin Tightening Laser Treatment?

    How long will the results last?

    Is Laser Skin Tightening effective for both the face and body?

    What is Laser Skin Tightening?2006

    A: Laser Skin Tightening is a series of laser treatments, using the Candela GentleYAG laser, designed to stimulate dermal collagen production and regeneration of damaged skin cells. The single-wavelength light energy produced by the GentleYAG targets fibroblasts in the dermis, which produce new collagen in response to laser energy. Increased turnover of skin cells is also stimulated, helping to regenerate and replace damaged cells.

    How does the Laser Skin Tightening treatment work?2006

    The laser creates a beam of high intensity light that penetrates deep into skin tissue where it delivers a controlled amount of targeted therapeutic heat. Candela's Patented Dyanamed Cooling Device technology protects the upper layers of the skin with a cooling burst of cryogen.

    How do I prepare for the Laser Skin Tightening treatment?2006

    Your skin should be thoroughly cleaned and dried, removing any makeup, creams, oils, topical anesthetics or self-tanning products before laser treatment. The intended treatment area should not be exposed to sunlight or tanning booth light for 2 weeks prior to treatment.

    Does the Skin Tightening laser treatment hurt?2006

    There is some discomfort with each laser pulse, best described as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. The discomfort resolves in several seconds. Topical anesthetics are available which are applied to the skin prior to the skin tightening procedure.

    How many Skin Tightening Laser treatments will I need?2006

    The number of the Collagen Stimulating treatments can vary depending on the severity of the condition being treated. Clinical studies suggest that 4-6 treatments spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart in most cases will produce a significant increase in dermal collagen, remodeling of dermal matrix components, and a resulting improvement in overall skin tone and vitality. You will begin to see results prior to finishing the series of treatments. Typically, after 30-45 days improvements can be seen.

    Are there any side effects from the Skin Tightening Procedure?2006

    Normal side effects may include redness and swelling which will last for 24-48 hours. Rare side effects include pigmentation changes, blistering and bruising. These are very, very rare and generally only last a few days.

    What can I expect after the Skin Tightening Laser treatment?2006

    Cool compress and ice will be applied during and after your treatment. You can expect some redness and swelling which will dissipate in a few hours to 48 hours. Your face may feel warm or feel like you have a sunburn for a few hours.

    What precautions should I take after the Skin Tightening Laser Treatment?2006

    You should prevent sun exposure for a week following treatment. Apply a sunblock (SPF 30 or above) is recommended. Do not scrub the face in the first few days following treatment. Do not use any glycolic or alpha-hydroxy acid products following treatment. Treat your skin gently as if you had sunburn.

    How long will the results last?2006

    The new dermal collagen that is produced becomes part of the structure of the treated skin, and thus Laser Skin Tightening can produce improvements in skin, which may lasts for years. GentleYAG skin tightening is so powerful that new collagen production can continue several months after the treatment. Most people report improvement immediately, with even more dramatic results weeks later. New collagen growth results in continued skin tightening and the development of a more youthful complexion with fewer lines, folds, and looseness of the skin. Continued exposure to the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun will result in breakdown of both existing and new collagen over time, so it is very important to protect your results by limiting sun exposure, using a high-SPF sunblock, and maintaining a healthy and scientifically sound skin care regimen.

    Is Laser Skin Tightening effective for both the face and body?2006

    Yes. LST can be used to treat any part of the body that may benefit from softer, smoother skin quality, wrinkle reduction, improvement of pore size and texture, or elimination of acne scars. The GentleYAG can provide beautiful firm skin on the face, neck, chest, upper arms, legs and other body areas with no downtime and without the need for potentially dangerous numbing creams.

    Laser Technology May Be the Most Effective Way to Tighten Skin! The Candela GentleYAG "tightens" by heating the underlying layers in the skin and forming new collagen resulting in smoother, younger looking skin. The GentleYAG's patented epidermal cooling system, the Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD), protects the skin with every laser pulse allowing for quick results. Younger, smoother skin is now just a laser treatment away.