Laser-assisted hair removal using the candela gentlelase laser



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DERMATOLOGY PARTNERS OF THE NORTH SHORE, L.L.C.
400 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 475, Northbrook, IL 60062

Phone: 847-272-4433 Fax: 847-272-4434




LASER-ASSISTED HAIR REMOVAL USING THE CANDELA GENTLELASE LASER

INFORMED CONSENT

This form is intended to provide you with the information needed to make an informed choice on whether to undergo hair removal using the Candela GentleLase Laser. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.


What is hair removal using the Candela GentleLase Laser?

Lasers have been used to treat a variety of skin problems, including red spots, brown spots and wrinkles. Recent research has been done using the Candela GentleLase Laser in the treatment of unwanted hairs. Human hair shafts have significant numbers of pigment cells. Because of this, they are very sensitive to the wave length of light that is emitted from the Candela GentleLase Laser. The specific type of laser that is used for hair removal is called the free-running laser and is specifically adjusted to take advantage of the collection of pigment cells in the hair shaft.


The Candela GentleLase Laser admits a pulse of light that penetrates the skin to a depth of approximately one-eighth of an inch. The light heats up pigment in the skin and specifically heats up those areas such as hair follicles that have large numbers of pigmented cells. The heating of the cells destroys the hair follicle in a very specific way. As a result, the normal tissue surrounding the hair follicle is hardly affected.
What are the possible side effects of this treatment? The most common side effects of this procedure are:


  • Discomfort - Some people feel some discomfort during treatments. Clients/patients typically report feeling a very short, mild sting on the exposed area. Anesthetic cream may be required for some people.




  • Pigment Change - Because this laser is specific for pigment cells, the area may heal with either decreased or increased pigmentation or color. It is possible that a patient may develop light or dark areas. It is very important to adequately protect the area treated from exposure to the sun.




  • Excessive Redness and Swelling - After the treatment, especially in sensitive areas such as the lips, chin and ears, tissue may swell. The swelling usually subsides over time.




  • Bruising - Treatment may cause a blue-purple bruise in the area. As it fades, there may be a rust-brown discoloration of the skin.


How many treatments are necessary?

Depending upon the area of the body that is treated, multiple treatments are often necessary. In the areas around the face where hair growth is rapid, treatment is usually done in two to three cycles to be determined based on your particular hair growth. Other areas usually take two to three treatment cycles that may range upwards of one to two months.


Is the hair removal permanent?

The hair removal process is a reduction of hair and not a complete or permanent removal. Studies in Israel and Sweden show that the hair removal can last upwards of six to nine months or greater, but at this point it is unknown how long the hair removal will last. With multiple cycle treatment, hair removal can be extended and, in the future, may even be permanent. In a recent 15-month clinical study, very satisfactory results were obtained (a 90% reduction in hair growth with multiple treatments), although a few resistant hairs may grow erratically.


Are my results guaranteed?

No. Most patients will require multiple sessions. However, some patients may be resistant to treatment and optimal results may not include clearing of the hairs. At present, no laser system can guarantee permanent results.


What are the alternatives to the Candela GentleLase Laser Hair Removal System?

We feel the only alternative to the Candela GentleLase Laser System is conventional electrolysis (needle epilation). This therapy is quite effective if performed correctly.


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What are the alternatives to the Candela GentleLase Laser Hair Removal System?

We feel the only alternative to the Candela GentleLase Laser System is conventional electrolysis (needle epilation). This therapy is quite effective if performed correctly.


What are the potential benefits of this treatment?

The most obvious benefit is a simple, relatively painless treatment of unwanted hairs. In some cases, this could mean long-term removal of the hair with little or no effect on the overlying skin. It is especially useful on large areas of the body that have been time and cost prohibitive in the past with conventional electrolysis. It should be noted that unwanted hair is cosmetic in nature and poses no medical threat and will be treated as a cosmetic condition.


Whom should I call if I have any questions or concerns?

You should call Dermatology Partners of the North Shore: 847-272-4433.


CLIENT CONSENT TO TREATMENT

I certify that I have read and fully understand the above consent and that the above items were explained to me.


My signature below constitutes my acknowledgment that:


  1. I consent to and authorize Dermatology Partners of the North Shore staff to perform multiple treatment laser-assisted hair removal and related services on all areas of my body.




  1. The nature and purpose of the treatment have been explained to me, and any questions I had regarding the treatment have been answered to my satisfaction.




  1. I understand that the treatment may involve risks of complication or injury from both known and unknown causes, and I freely assume these risks.




  1. I understand that laser hair treatment provides a reduction of hair, not a complete or permanent removal. Your charge covers the first year. After one year a maintenance program may be necessary to maintain hair reduction. The maintenance program will have additional charges.




  1. Alternative means of treatment and their risks and benefits have been explained to me and I understand that I have the right to refuse the treatment.




  1. No guarantee, warranty or assurance has been made to me as to the results that may be obtained.




  1. I understand that 5-7 treatments are included in the amount discussed and that additional treatments on the area(s) involved will incur an additional charge.


AREAS TO BE TREATED NUMBER OF TREATMENTS

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I certify that I have read this entire Informed Consent form and that I understand and agree to the information provided herein. I certify that I am a competent adult of at least 18 years of age, or, that if I am a minor under the age of 18, I understand that the consent of my parent/legal guardian/person having legal custody will also be required before treatment. This Informed Consent is freely and voluntarily executed and shall be binding upon my legal representatives, administrators, successors, and assignees.


I agree to adhere to all safety precautions and regulations during the laser treatment.
The taking of photographs of my treatment progress is approved: Yes  No

CLIENT SIGNATURE: _____________________________________________________ DATE: __________________



WITNESS: ______________________________________________________________ DATE: __________________




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