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Two Primary Laser Technologies

There are two primary laser hair reduction technologies that are best suited to getting the smooth, silky skin you desire in all skin types. The Candela GentleMax Pro Plus is equipped with dual wavelength 755 Alexandrite and the 1064 Long-Pulsed Nd:YAG lasers. There are some key differences between the two options, and as with any laser treatment it is paramount that clients are matched with the best technology for their unique skin and hair type.

Woman happily receiving laser hair removal in Palo Alto.


The Alexandrite laser is recommended for those with lighter skin tones, that are looking for laser hair removal in Palo Alto. The wavelength of the 755nm Alexandrite allows the laser beam to penetrate as deep as hair grows. Due to its power and depth, the Alexandrite laser works much faster than many other types of lasers that patients may have heard about or even experienced before, such as the diode lasers and ruby laser. The Alexandrite laser is not recommended for those with darker skin tones or tan skin. These patients are a better fit for the YAG laser.


At Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care these two lasers have repeatedly proven to be the most effective and safest for drastically reducing unwanted hair for all patients and all skin types. We only provide and recommend solutions that will help you get the results you want. There are many benefits to laser hair reduction, such as:

  • Save time, money, and effort by vastly reducing the amount of time you normally spend on daily or multi-weekly at-home treatments
  • Enjoy an experience that is comfortable when you trust the leading laser experts in Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care with your treatments
  • No downtime with laser hair removal in Palo Alto
  • Many clients report up to 80 percent permanent hair reduction after five to six treatments
  • Eliminate the pesky ingrown hairs and associated hyperpigmentation, whether it is in the bikini area in women or beard in men


The YAG laser is the only safe solution for hair reduction in those with darker skin tones. If you have been told before that the amount of melanin you have makes you an unsuitable candidate for laser hair reduction, that is probably because the laser center, clinic or MedSpa you approached did not have the YAG laser technology available. For many years, clients with darker skin tones were told there simply wasn’t the right technology to treat and reduce their unwanted hair without the risk of skin pigmentation changes, but the YAG laser has changed everything.

Woman happy to get rid of hair on her face with laser hair removal in Palo Alto.

Laser Hair Reduction FAQs

Anything I need to do or avoid before treatment?

Yes. Direct sun exposure should be avoided for 2-3 weeks before and after laser hair removal in Palo Alto. Remember freshly tanned does not equal darker skin type. In other words, freshly suntanned skin can pigment even if Nd:Yag laser is used. Waxing or threading should be also avoided before the treatment. But don’t worry- your provider will go over all the dos and don’ts during your complimentary consultation!

I’ve had laser hair reduction before, and it hurt. Will these lasers also be painful?

Fortunately, the laser industry and technology has come a long way in recent years. Not only are today’s lasers more effective, they are also much more comfortable. This is due in large part to dynamic cooling or DCD features built into the system. However, at this laser center, clients can also opt for Pro-Nox for nearly any procedure. This patient-controlled device delivers a blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide for maximum comfort with no drowsiness afterward. Topical numbing can be used before treatment as well if desired.

I’m a man interested in laser hair reduction. Is this a normal treatment for men to get?

Definitely. Laser hair removal in Palo Alto has become common for men. In fact, there has been a 46 percent increase in men opting for laser hair reduction since 2004, and this trend is expected to continue. Most popular treatments in men include the neck, to eliminate ingrown hair and create a cleaner look, as well as the full back and shoulders.

Laser Hair Reduction Before & After

Individual results may vary, please schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your aesthetic goals and we’ll put together a custom treatment plan that’s right for your skin.

Real Patient Before / After Photos*



At Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care, these two lasers have repeatedly proven to be the most effective and safest for drastically reducing unwanted hair for all patients and all skin types. Don’t endure one more day of manual shaving, razor burn, and razor bumps. Allow us to make your life that much easier with laser hair removal in Palo Alto. Schedule an appointment today at Palo Alto Laser & Skin Care.

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