Painful waxing and the hassle of continuously shaving undesired hair that pops up on our bodies can become a thing of the past once you’ve had laser hair removal. One of the most common cosmetic laser treatments available, laser hair removal is designed to get rid of unwanted hair in virtually any body area— permanently. Board-certified plastic surgeon Tiffany McCormack, MD uses the state-of-the-art GentleMax® Pro laser hair removal system, a highly effective procedure from our medi spa that can be used on all skin types and meet patients’ goals in fewer treatment sessions than is typically required by other laser systems.

Contact McCormack Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation for laser hair removal in the Reno, Nevada and Lake Tahoe, California area.

How Does GentleMax® Pro Work?

One of the latest and most advanced methods of laser hair removal, GentleMax® Pro targets and eliminates hair follicles using light energy from two powerful lasers: the Alexandrite laser for lighter skin types, and the nd-YAG laser for darker skin tones. The system can be a means of long-lasting hair removal without the possibility of regrowth for virtually any region of the body— the most popular treatment areas including the upper lip, underarms, arms, legs, and back.

GentleMax® Pro uses fast bursts of light to destroy hair follicles in the chosen area(s) without harming surrounding skin. To begin treatment, the targeted regions are cleansed and eye protection is provided. A fraction of a second before each pulse of light is delivered, a Dynamic Cooling Device™ sprays cryogen onto the skin to cool the area and increase comfort during treatment. A topical anesthetic can also be applied to numb the skin, if requested. Each session can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size and number of treatment areas.

Who is a Candidate for Laser Hair Removal with GentleMax® Pro?

Unlike other laser hair removal treatments, this system can be used on all natural skin tones. Dr. McCormack will meet with you during a consultation to examine your medical history and determine if GentleMax® Pro is the most ideal solution to meet your hair removal goals. Generally speaking, patients who are actively tanned or sunburned may need to postpone their treatment to a later date.

What Can I Expect After Laser Hair Removal?

Following treatment, you may experience the feeling of a sunburn as well as temporary redness and swelling. These reactions typically resolve within a few hours, but a cool compress or aloe vera gel can help soothe any discomfort until the effects subside. An immediate reduction in your hair count can be noticed after one treatment session; however, due to the cyclical pattern of hair growth, most patients experience optimal results after three to eight sessions. The exact number of treatments necessary to achieve your goals will depend on the condition of your skin, and Dr. McCormack will go over what you can expect at the time of consultation.

For more information on laser hair removal, or to book an appointment with Dr. McCormack, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice.