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The Candela GentleMax Pro Plus vs. Other Laser Types

Laser hair removal is a sought-after treatment for those desiring long-term solutions to unwelcome hair. But not all lasers are created equal. The type of laser used can determine the efficiency of the treatment and the nature of hair regrowth. The Candela GentleMax Pro Plus stands out in this regard, but how does it compare to other laser types, such as Diode lasers, especially when addressing the challenge of short, thin, hard-to-treat regrowing hairs? Let's explore.

Candela GentleMax Pro Plus: An Overview

The Candela GentleMax Pro Plus is a dual-platform laser system, combining the might of both the Alexandrite (755 nm) and Nd:YAG (1064 nm) lasers. This dual capability allows it to address a broader spectrum of skin types and hair colors.

  • Versatility: Apt for all skin types, from the fairest to the darkest.
  • Safety: Its in-line Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) ensures patient comfort and protection.
  • Speed: Large spot sizes and rapid repetition rates ensure swift treatments.
  • Efficacy: Its dual-wavelength capability enhances the chances of efficient hair removal across diverse hair and skin types.


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Diode Lasers: A Snapshot

Diode lasers, operating typically at 810 nm, are another standard choice for laser hair removal. They are recognized for their profound penetration and their ability to treat darker skin types effectively.

  • Deep Penetration: Effective in treating thicker and more in-depth hairs.
  • Safety: Tailored for darker skin types with a reduced risk of burns or discoloration.
  • Comfort: Often accompanied by cooling mechanisms to assure patient comfort.

The Challenge of Regrowth: Short, Thin, Hard-to-Treat Hairs

A significant challenge in the realm of laser hair removal isn't just the primary removal but managing the nature of hair that eventually regrows. Not all lasers are equally effective in preventing the return of undesirable hair types. In particular, Diode lasers, while excellent for certain hair and skin types, can sometimes result in the regrowth of short, thin, and light-colored hairs that are notably hard to treat.

Why does this happen with Diode lasers? The Diode laser's longer wavelength, designed for deeper penetration, excels at treating thicker, deeper hairs. However, this can sometimes lead to it not adequately targeting or destroying the hair follicle of finer hairs. When these untreated or partially treated follicles regrow, they often produce hair that is shorter, thinner, and lighter—qualities that make subsequent treatments more challenging.

Candela GentleMax Pro Plus: In contrast, the Candela GentleMax Pro Plus, with its Alexandrite laser (755 nm), is particularly adept at targeting and treating lighter hair on lighter skin types. This shorter wavelength is more efficient in targeting the melanin in these hairs. Furthermore, the added advantage of having the Nd:YAG option means that even if the hair is thin but on a darker skin type, an effective treatment is available.


The nature of hair regrowth after laser treatment can vary significantly based on the type of laser used. While Diode lasers have their strengths, they can sometimes lead to the regrowth of challenging hair types. In contrast, the Candela GentleMax Pro Plus offers a comprehensive solution to address a wide range of hair types, including those that are typically hard to treat. As always, it's essential to consult with a trained dermatologist or laser provider to determine the most suitable treatment option.


IVONNE, Inc. is a locally owned boutique cosmetic clinic focused on the research, development, and implementation of effective skincare, permanent makeup, and laser treatments. Founded in 2017 IVONNE focuses on providing clinical treatments using only the most advanced products and technologies. IVONNE is one of the first technology-based, end-to-end permanent makeup and skincare clinics with a focus on skin health, pigmentation, and laser removal processes. IVONNE's delivery of services is focused on a curated collection of treatments and products, through its close partnerships with regulatory experts, medical suppliers, and cosmetic manufacturers. IVONNE has built what it believes to be the next generation in cosmetic services, encompassing state-of-the-art technology and use of medical-grade skincare formulations.


Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is not intended to replace either legal or medical advice. The reader is encouraged to conduct their own research and corroborate their findings with other resources and authorities on the subject matter before making any decisions. Cosmetic treatments should never be used to mask or resolve what could be an underlying medical treatment, and any potential medical concern should promptly be reviewed with your physician. It is strongly recommended to first obtain a consultation with any laser provider to learn more about the risks and benefits that are unique to you before subscribing to any treatments.