Capillaries are broken up by the laser beam, and, within a few weeks of the procedure, they are destroyed by phagocytes – macrophage cells of the body.
What is the Candela GentleYAG Pro laser and why is this procedure safe?
This laser has been used in various medical and cosmetic procedures for many years.
Gentle YAG is a powerful, neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd: YAG) laser that emits a long wave. The laser emits a gentle light beam that penetrates through the skin until it reaches the target lesion where it is absorbed.
Laser energy is converted to heat, which destroys lesions while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
A dynamic cooling system, which sprays a cooling aerosol spray, is used during the procedure. This cools down the skin and helps to protect the patient from pain.
What is the laser procedure?
The laser emits a very intense beam of light that penetrates deeply into the skin’s tissues, where it spreads a controlled amount of targeted therapeutic heat. The patented Candela dynamic cooling system (DCDTM) sprays cryogenic aerosol to protect the upper layer of the skin. The long-wave laser used together with the DCDTM cooling system is optimal for the procedure, having minimal side-effects.
You will be given goggles to protect your eyes from the laser light. The laser will be directed at the treatment area. Before and after every pulse of the laser the cooling aerosol spray will be sprayed on your skin. The procedure can take from a few minutes to one hour, depending on the size of the treated area.
Is the procedure painful?
Some patients feel an unpleasant sensation as a result of the laser pulse, sometimes described as a short burning sensation. These symptoms disappear in a few seconds and can be reduced by using the Candela cooling system (DCDTM).
How many procedures will I need?
The number of procedures required depends on the treated area and the condition of your skin. Hair removal requires more procedures, because the treatment is effective only when hair follicles are in the active phase of growth. For other indications you may need from one to three procedures. However, it is important to mention that the effectiveness and number of individual laser procedures required is dependent on many factors related to the indication being treated.
Are there any side-effects?
The risk is minimal. Possible side-effects are bruising, redness, blisters, changes in skin pigmentation and swelling. These usually last from a few hours to a couple of days. It is very rare for long-term side effects such as hyper-pigmentation, hypo-pigmentation or scar formation to result.
Precautions to take after the procedure
After the laser procedure you should avoid exposure to the sun and use sun protection products (with a protection factor of PSF 30 or higher). For the first few days after the procedure the treated area should not be washed intensively. Your doctor may recommend for you to take additional precautions or care measures.
Will my health insurance fund compensate me for the cost of these procedures?
Most health insurance funds do not compensate patients for the cost of these procedures. However, some insurers compensate patients for the cost of the removal of disfiguring birthmarks (for example port-wine stains). For more information, contact your health insurance fund.