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Privé MEDSPA Candela GentleYAG LASER

Clínica Privé features the Candela GentleYAG™ laser system which provides safe and effective cosmetic treatments for all skin types including fair, olive and dark skin.

Among the laser's applications are the permanent removal of hair from any part of the body, the reduction in wrinkles and fine lines from the face, and the permanent removal of vascular lesions.

The Candela GentleYAG™ system offers the most comfortable and effective hair removal treatment on the market. This laser is faster than most other systems and we believe it offers effective hair removal to the widest range of patients.

The GentleYAG™ is the newest in a family of lasers from Candela Corporation. It is unique in the laser industry in that it combines a longer wavelength laser with a patented cooling system, the Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD™). The longer wavelength laser combined with a 3-millisecond pulse allows it to treat even the smallest of hair diameters. The DCD sprays the upper layers of skin with a fine mist of cryogen prior to each laser pulse. This exclusive cooling technology protects the top layer of skin and increases comfort while enabling the laser energy to reach and treat the hair follicles.

The GentleYAG system uses a high-energy laser that emits a gentle beam of light to its target without affecting the surrounding skin. The skin is first sprayed with a cooling device to increase comfort during the procedure. The long-pulse laser passes harmlessly through the skin where it is absorbed by the problem area.




GentleYAG removes hair no matter how fair or dark the patient’s skin is. It eliminates the endless hair removal headaches of waxing, plucking and shaving. The procedure is a lot less painful than electrolysis, less tedious and can be completed quickly. Delicate pores and skin are safe during this procedure. The laser energy is transformed into heat permanently destroying the hair at the follicle without damaging surrounding skin. Large areas such as the back, shoulders, arms and legs can be hair-free in a single session. The whole process can be completed in 30 minutes to an hour.


Laser vein reduction has been around for about 10 years. Because of GentleYAG’s variable pulse width and dynamic cooling device, the typical stinging discomfort experienced through the popular sclerotherapy procedure is greatly reduced. Our “pulse and swing technique” of applying a cold sponge after each pulse also reduces discomfort. After each section is completed, cold gel packs are applied to decrease symptoms including swelling and redness. The results are excellent and can be expected to last for up to 10 years. Other advantages of GentleYAG over sclerotherapy include the following:

  1.          No needles piercing the skin, only a laser beam on the skin’s surface
  2.          No saline injection or risk of allergic reactions
  3.          No aching, bruising or muscle cramps like sclerosing causes
  4.          Tiny veins can be treated easily
  5.          The laser procedure is quick and easy
  6.          Complications are minimized due to computer controlled technology
  7.          Laser treatment is reasonably priced.



A non-ablative laser beam transfers heat deep into the internal layers of the skin stimulating the body’s natural revitalizing materials including collagen, elastin and other proteins. The result of this activating procedure is diminished wrinkles and tighter skin. Many patients are pleased to see a more youthful appearance in as little 4 to 6 weeks. Follow-up procedures every 4-6 weeks maintain that healthy glow slowing down the appearance of the aging process.


Patient Guidelines
Patients should avoid sun exposure the the area(s) of treatment for 4-6 weeks prior to the laser session. Patients should wear sunscreen of SPF30 or greater for any casual (non tanning) sun exposure between treatment sessions.
For best results, patients should avoid waxing, plucking and tweezing for at least 6 weeks prior to treatment and for the duration of treatment sessions. Shaving and depilatory creams are acceptable forms of hair removal between treatment sessions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the GentleYAG laser and why is it safe?
Lasers have been used for many years for a variety of medical cosmetic procedures including treatment of facial and leg veins, age spots and rejuvenating the skin on the face. The GentleYAG System, a revolutionary long-pulse high energy alexandrite laser emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle where it is absorbed. The laser energy is transformed into heat, which destroys the hair follicle leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. The skin is further protected during treatment by a Dynamic Cooling Device™ where cryogen is sprayed onto the skin cooling the upper layers and providing patients with increased comfort.

What are the benefits to laser hair removal? 
It combines the speed of shaving with the lasting results promised by electrolysis. Laser hair removal is effective on almost any area of the body were smoother, younger, hair-free skin is desired.

Are there any areas of hair types that the laser will not work?
Yes, areas where there are white or gray hair. The laser will not work on hair that does not have pigment (melanine).  Also, the laser may not be effective in patients that have hormonal imbalances.
The laser can be used to treat any area on the body with exception of areas that are close to the eyes.

I am pregnant, can I still have laser treatment? 
Yes, with the exception of the abdominal and pelvic areas. Any treatments in these areas will be avoided for the duration of your pregnancy. There are no restrictions for patients who are breastfeeding.

How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you may require for optimal long-term benefits depends on the area you wish to have treated, the hair density and your hair’s growth cycle. Most patients require 4-6 treatments to a specific area. Although more treatments may be necessary to achieve the results you desire.

How long does the treatment take?
Treatment times vary by body area and body size. Below is a table of average treatment times for several different body areas.

Body Area GentleYAG Electrolysis Waxing
Upper Lip >1 Minute 30 Minutes 5-10 Minutes
Underarms 5-10 Minutes 2 Hours 10-15 Minutes
Bikini Line 5-10 Minutes 4 Hours 10-15 Minutes
Back 30-45 Minutes <10 Hours 30 Minutes
Full Legs 1 Hour <12 Hours 1 Hour


How frequently will the treatments be performed?
Treatments will be performed once signs of hair re-growth appear, usually at 6-8 week intervals. However, some body areas may be have treatment intervals of 8-12 weeks.

Does the treatment hurt?
You may feel a tingling or stinging sensation on the area being treated. Some areas of the body area more sensitive than others, but most people tolerate the procedure well. Some patients benefit with use of a topical anesthetic ointment.

What happens after the treatment?

Immediately after the area has been treated, the area may become slightly red and puffy and feel warm. This reaction, if any at all, will return to normal within a day or so. Most people usually return to normal activity immediately. DO NOT, however, plan any important social engagement for the same day as your treatment. Do not use make-up lotion or any other cover-up in the area of treatment for at least 12 hours after treatment; this would not allow for heat dissipation from your skin any may cause blistering or pigment changes. You should NEVER pluck or wax your hairs in the area(s) of treatment between session. However, shaving in those areas is acceptable.


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