This cosmetic laser machine integrates two lasers in one device. It is an ND:yag laser combined with an Alexandrite laser. The former is safer for dark skin, while the latter is used for lighter skin, making it versatile for patient treatments. It has multiple uses, though it operates as our clinic’s primary laser hair removal machine.
What is there to love about this cosmetic laser?
Our patients love this laser because it reduces the amount of time they spend in session, as well as the overall number of treatments required (compared to most other hair removal lasers). Those with dark skin also get the perk of accessing a laser that works effectively and safely for their skin pigments, instead of hearing the age-old disappointment, “laser hair removal won’t work on your skin type.”
Plus, no ice packs are needed to cool the skin before and after the laser pulses are delivered. This can increase comfort for our patients.
As cosmetic practitioners in Surrey, we love it because it allows us to work faster by using larger spot sizes. It also makes our treatment processes more flexible, using one machine rather than multiple ones, to get the results we’re looking for on our clients.
What can GentleMax Pro™ be used for?
- Laser hair removal
- Razor bumps
- Spider veins
- Sun spots
- Brown marks (combined with other lasers)
- Photofacial treatments
Below, we’ll hone in on the way the GentleMax Pro™ is used for laser hair removal at our skincare clinic in Surrey.
How does the GentleMax Pro™ work for laser hair removal?
Laser energy is delivered by a handpiece to the skin’s surface in pulses, one-by-one. Being a more modern machine, the handpiece on this laser is not as tiny as with older lasers. This feature can make it faster to complete a single treatment area than has traditionally been the case.
This laser, like others, delivers an intense beam of light which is absorbed by the skin’s hair follicles, based on their dark colour (since dark colours absorb light). Once inside, the light is then converted to heat, effectively burning the hair follicle, rendering it unable to regrow hair. At the same time, a blast of cold air from the machine’s built-in Dynamic Cooling Device, is blown onto the skin, making the delivery of the initial heat painless (since hot and cold are delivered at the same time, to maintain skin temperature). If you’ve experienced laser hair removal with other machines before, you may remember the use of ice packs to cool your skin before and after the laser pulses are delivered. The GentleMax Pro™ removes the need for these additional cooling techniques.
Your skin may be slightly tingly and red after the procedure. This typically lasts a few minutes, to several hours. The hair then falls out over a period of time. Hair will regrow on the area after each treatment, but less and less each time, until there are virtually no more, or very little, active hair follicles. You should expect a 15-20% permanent reduction in hair over the treated area after each session.
How many treatments does the GentleMax Pro™ take to achieve permanent hair removal?
The number of treatments required for permanent hair removal depends on any person’s individual makeup. When you book a consultation at our skin care clinic, we typically look at three main attributes of your body that will affect hair removal. They are:
- Skin pigment (colour tone)
- Hair coarseness and colour
- Amount of hair in the treatment area
These then form our basis for giving you an estimate of how long we think it will take to achieve permanent hair reduction. Of course, no estimate can be a promised guarantee. We can only make predictions with the knowledge we have. In the end, the treatment length will depend on your own body’s reaction to the laser.
In general, we can say that laser hair removal with the GentleMax Pro™ can take as little as 4 treatments, but as many as 12 or more. Body hair is reduced after every treatment, but is still based on your hair’s growth cycle, which can be in various phases at the times of treatment. This is why it takes multiple treatments to achieve laser hair removal: not all hair follicles grow hair at the same time. This is also why treatments are scheduled between 4 and 8 weeks apart
We can say that with darker skinned individuals, the process is usually longer. This is because dark skin colour competes with dark hair colour for the absorption of light. In order to concentrate light onto the hair follicles, and not the skin, treatments require more care when delivering energy from the machine’s pulses, to avoid burns.
At BC Laser and Skincare, we are able to treat all skin types, but we do carry special expertise in dealing with darker skin types. And that goes for for all treatments, not just laser hair removal.
What is the cost of laser hair removal with GentleMax Pro™ at your skin clinic?
Since each person’s skin and hair type will play a role in how effective each laser hair removal appointment will take, it is hard to give a hard-and-fast cost for this type of service.
To give you an idea of cost, we can say that some people end up paying between $80-$150 for hair removal on the bikini line, with all treatments included (this is considered competitive). Pricing for common areas we treat are as follows:
- Upper lip hair removal: $59 per treatment
- Under arms hair removal: $99 per treatment
- Bikini line hair removal: $99 per treatment
- Brazilian hair removal: $150 per treatment
At our clinic, we offer packages with lower rates when you buy bundles of treatments. But, we must stress that the number of treatments you’ll need can depend on your skin and hair type. We’ll give you an idea of how many sessions we think it will take to achieve good reduction of hair growth.
When considering cost, you may notice that many clinics and laser treatment providers vary across the board with their pricing. They may also claim high prices, but then offer a large discount, bringing their rates down to what is more comparable in the industry. There are no regulations in B.C. that mandate pricing for laser hair removal treatments. BC Laser and Skincare is, however, a reputable, doctor-led, cosmetic clinic that updates its technologies to the latest standards. This generally indicates a higher quality of service, effectiveness and safety in the industry. The pricing examples we gave above reflect the costs of laser hair removal at most other clinics of our calibre, in the Vancouver area.