Is GentleLase Effective for Sun Damage and Moderate Acne Scarring?

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GentleLase treats "brown" stuff.

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The GentleLase is a 755nm Alexandrite laser, so it targets brown structures in the skin.  It is mostly used to treat brown (or black) hair.  It can also be used to target brown spots, and some brown spots are the result of sun damage.  So in a sense "yes", it can be used to treat sun damage (but only the brown spots).  It is not typically used for acne scarring and I would not expect it to dramatically affect acne scarring.

Miami Dermatologist

Gentle Lase for hair removal in Los Angeles

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Our office specializes in laser hair removal and we use the Gentle Lase treatment for all skin types. It works amazingly well for dark skin and dark hair. 


Dr. Karamanoukian 
Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

GentleLase best for hair removal

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GentleLase is best used for laser hair removal. There are better more effective lasers for spots caused by sun damage. The ideal laser for you can be determined by a consultation with a dermatologist and could be one of several lasers including Fraxel, IPL, etc.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
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GentleLase laser

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The Gentle Lase laser was designed specifically for laser hair removal in skin types 1 through 4.  It is the gold standard in laser hair removal. If your goal is to treat moderate acne scarring and sun damage then you are much better in researching the Fraxel Dual treatments. It will best treat both areas that bother you.  Remember to please find a board certified dermatologist with a lot of cosmetic dermatology experience for your procedure.

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