Candela Laser Hair Removal: Is it Right for You?

Thinking about laser hair removal? You’re not alone. Many are turning to this modern solution for a long-term answer to unwanted hair. That’s why we offer the Candela Laser Hair Removal system, a leader in the field. It’s known for its effectiveness, safety, and use of cutting-edge technology. This method isn’t just about zapping away hair; it’s a process tailored to individual skin types and needs, aiming to give lasting results. But, as with any cosmetic treatment, you need to know what you’re signing up for. Is Candela the right choice for you? 

What is Candela Laser Hair Removal?

The Candela GentleMax Pro Plus laser is a state-of-the-art device in laser hair removal, known for its efficacy and versatility. This system is part of Candela’s Gentle Pro series, a leading choice in dermatology for over 20 years, and it’s recognized for its ability to treat a wide range of skin types and hair colors.

What sets the Candela GentleMax Pro Plus apart is its dual-wavelength mechanism. It combines a 755 nm Alexandrite laser, which is particularly effective in treating lighter skin types (Fitzpatrick I-III) and targeting pigmented lesions, with a 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser that excels in treating darker skin types (Fitzpatrick IV-VI) and vascular lesions. This dual capability not only makes it versatile for different skin types but also allows it to treat a variety of hair colors and textures effectively.

One of the notable features of the GentleMax Pro Plus is its Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD). This system provides a burst of cooling before each laser pulse, minimizing discomfort and protecting the skin during the procedure. This feature enhances patient comfort and safety, making the laser treatment a more pleasant experience.

Advantages of Candela Laser Hair Removal

Each point illustrates how the Candela GentleMax Pro Plus laser system brings advancements and improvements over traditional laser hair removal technologies, offering a more versatile, safe, comfortable, and effective solution​. 

  1. Dual-Wavelength Technology: Candela’s GentleMax Pro Plus stands out with its dual-wavelength system, combining Alexandrite (755 nm) and Nd:YAG (1064 nm) lasers. This unique feature allows for more tailored treatments that can effectively address a broader range of skin types and hair colors compared to traditional lasers, which might be limited in scope.
  2. Versatility Across Skin Types: Candela is adept at treating all skin types thanks to its dual-wavelength capabilities. Whether you have the fairest or the darkest skin, this system is designed to work effectively. This is a significant step up from traditional lasers, which often have limitations regarding different skin tones.
  3. Enhanced Safety and Comfort: The Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) is a hallmark of the Candela system. It cools the skin just before the laser pulse, reducing discomfort and minimizing the risk of skin damage. This feature is particularly important compared to some traditional lasers, which might not be as comfortable or safe for the skin.
  4. Efficiency in Treatment: Speed and efficacy are key advantages of the Candela system. Its ability to offer large spot sizes and rapid repetition rates means that treatments are efficient and quick. This efficiency is a benefit over traditional lasers, especially when treating larger areas.
  5. Efficacy for Diverse Hair Types: The Candela GentleMax Pro Plus is particularly effective for various hair types and colors. Its Alexandrite laser is efficient for lighter hair, while the Nd:YAG laser caters to darker hair. Traditional lasers might struggle with certain hair types, particularly lighter or finer hairs.
  6. Reduced Risk of Regrowth: One of the challenges with laser hair removal is the nature of hair regrowth. Candela’s technology reduces the likelihood of regrowth, particularly of hard-to-treat, thin, or light hairs. This aspect makes it a more desirable option compared to traditional lasers that may result in more frequent or challenging regrowths.
  7. Long-Term Results: The precision and effectiveness of the Candela GentleMax Pro Plus often lead to more long-lasting results compared to some traditional laser hair removal technologies, where the longevity of results can vary.
  8. Customizable Treatments: Candela lasers offer a range of settings that can be adjusted based on individual needs and skin/hair types, making it more customizable compared to some traditional lasers that have less flexibility in their settings.

Treatment Process and Expectations

The duration of each session with the Candela laser varies depending on the individual and the area being treated, but on average, sessions last about 20 minutes. This relatively short duration makes it a convenient option for those with busy schedules. However, remember that the total time may vary based on factors like the size of the treated area and the density of the hair.

One of the key aspects of laser hair removal is understanding that hair grows in stages. Because the laser targets hair in its growth phase, multiple treatments are necessary to reduce hair growth effectively. The number and frequency of these treatments are tailored to your individual needs and will be determined by your provider. This customization ensures that each person receives the most effective treatment for their specific hair and skin type.

Many describe the sensation during the treatment as akin to having an elastic band snap against the skin. While this might sound daunting, it’s generally well-tolerated. For those concerned about discomfort, a topical anesthetic can be applied before the session to minimize any potential pain.


After the treatment, it’s common to experience some redness or swelling akin to a mild sunburn. However, this is usually temporary and should resolve within a few hours. To alleviate any discomfort, a cool compress or gel pack may be applied. It’s also essential to discuss any potential side effects with your provider, although serious or permanent side effects are rare.

Post-treatment care is just as important as the treatment itself. You can generally resume normal activities immediately after each session. However, your provider may give specific advice tailored to your treatment, such as avoiding direct sun exposure or refraining from using abrasive skin cleansers on the treated area for a few days. Follow these instructions to ensure the best results and minimize any risk of side effects.


Are you prepared to welcome hairless, silky skin that showcases your genuine beauty? Skin Envy can help you navigate the cutting-edge Candela Laser Hair Removal technology. Our team provides individualized treatment and is ready to assist you in getting the long-lasting outcomes you want. Bid farewell to band-aid fixes and hello to self-assurance. Book an appointment or consider an assessment with Skin Envy right now to enter a world where your satisfaction and the comfort of your skin are our top priorities. Discover the difference at Skin Envy, where each procedure is a step toward the beautiful skin you deserve.

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