Candela Laser Technology.
At Ashé Laser Med Spa, we have a top of the line FDA approved laser. We offer hair removal services using the Candela GentleYAG (safe for all skin types). GentleYAG's unique combination of a 1064 nm wavelength and Candela's patented Dynamic Cooling Device(DCD) technology allows for greater protection of melanin-rich skin. It emits a highly focused spray of coolant on the skin just before each laser pulse, so no messy gels are needed. This processes effectively cools the epidermis during laser treatments, protecting the skin and making the treatment much less painful. Candela Lasers are considered to offer the most comfortable treatments as well as reliable service. A wide range of patient skin types and needs are met with our laser, including the treatment of:
Unwanted hair, for all skin types
1 - PseudofolliculitisBarbae (PFB) - also known as beard bumps
2 - Wrinkles
3 - Keratosis
4 - Pilaris
5 - Hirsutism
These conditions often affect one's self-confidence. Furthermore, results have been very successful in patients with these conditions.
DCD Cooling Spray fired prior to laser pulsing. This protects the skin and makes treatment more comfortable. The state-of-the-art GentleYAG is extremely fast, treating areas like the face, bikini, and underarms in 5-10 minutes so you can be out the door in no time. The laser allows us to treat just about any type of skin, year round!
HowLaser Hair Removal Works
The human body has a mixture of hairs with varying amounts of melanin, also known as dark pigment, and a combination of activated hairs that are cycling through the growth cycle and hairs that have not yet become active. Most importantly, many factors such as hormones, age, ethnicity, weight, metabolism, and medication all influence the body's hair growth. During laser hair removal, a laser emits light energy that travels through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and hair shaft. Pigments are the substances that give skin and hair its color. The laser works by selective photothermolysis. This means that the light energy is selectively absorbed by pigmented areas. The energy, or heat, from the laser damages the hair follicle, which impairs its ability to grow hair. With time, the hairs that were present in the damaged follicles will fall out, resulting in a smoother appearance and less hair growth. Hair Growth Cycles: When the hair is actively growing each individual hair goes through three main cycles, which are Anagen, Catagen and Telogen.
Anagen is considered the growing stage, this is when the root of the hair is the largest, has an abundance of melanin, and is attached to the root. It is only during this stage that lasers can target the hair. Anagen can last several weeks normally, and at any time, about 15-20% of a person's hair is in this stage.
Catagen is often called the transition stage. At this point the hair has completed its growth stage and is as long as it will get. The hair retreats from the root and will fall out on its own. This stage can last anywhere from a week to just two days.
Telogen is the "resting" stage where the hair is not growing or shedding. During this stage the hair is not visible and it is fully detached from the root, this stage does not have a set time duration, it can last as short as a week up to a year or more before it comes back to Anagen.
Hair follicles that are in catagen or telogen growth phases are less pigmented. Therefore, these follicles do not absorb light energy as well and hair growth is not impaired.
There can be as many as 2,500 hair follicles per square inch, however less than 100 hairs are actually actively growing. The hairs that are inactive are "waiting" to be activated by hormones. This is why many people experience heightened amounts of hair during puberty, and less amounts of hair in some areas as we grow older, such as the head, and more in other areas, such as the ears or back. Our genetic makeup tells our body when to produce more or less hormones, thus affecting our hair growth. Hair must be active to be treated by laser; this is why treating a young child before puberty will not prevent future hair growth during puberty, it will only kill the hair they have actively growing at that time.
Melanin, or dark pigment is the amount of color present in the hair. Removal of dark hair is much more effective than for lighter hair since laser light is absorbed better by dark pigments. Additionally, the more contrast the skin has with the hair, such as light skin with dark hair, the more effective the treatment will be. Each hair is different and has varying amounts of melanin, which will also influence the effectiveness of laser treatments.