Gentle Lase Alexandrite is a powerful laser, intended to permanently remove hair on light to medium skin tones. Its Alexandrite laser emits high-energy light in longer wavelengths than those of other lasers, so it can destroy deeper hair follicles. It can be used on any part of the body, but popular treatment areas include the legs, underarms, bikini zone, face, chest, and back.
Providers usually recommended that patients stop waxing or plucking hair in the desired area several weeks prior to treatment, to ensure the laser can effectively locate and destroy the hair follicles. However, you’ll need to shave the area two days before your session so you have only light stubble.
You’ll also need to stop using Salicylic or Glycolic acid on the treatment area, a month in advance, as well as any self-tanning lotions, for two weeks prior.
If you’re on antibiotics or any acne medication that may make you sensitive to UV rays, let your doctor know, since this can also affect your pre- and post-treatment care.
At your appointment, your provider will start by applying a topical numbing cream. Real Self members report that while the laser can feel uncomfortable, like a rubber band snapping against the skin, it’s not painful.