Hair removal had been a life-long issue for Joyce Parshall, who was constantly searching for smoother skin. "I tried everything over-the-counter, from bleaching to waxing, but nothing lasted long enough," said Joyce. After hearing about the Candela GentleYAG™ laser system, an FDA-approved treatment for permanent hair removal, she welcomed the chance to try something new.
Joyce sought the expertise of Philippe Desplat, D.O., Medical Director of Valley Medical Group's Dumont Center. "He is an amazing doctor, who was so thorough and informative. He planned my treatments and expressed confidence that the laser would work well on several areas of my sensitive, olive skin," she stated.
"Unlike older lasers, this new technology is effective with all skin types, including darker skin tones," explained Dr. Desplat. "Longer wavelengths create thermal energy to destroy the hair follicles with minimal discomfort. The technique is much less expensive, less time-consuming and less painful than electrolysis, which requires sticking a needle into each hair follicle."
Although she was nervous about the procedures, Dr. Desplat put Joyce's mind at ease by explaining each step and guiding her expectations. She describes the treatments as "quick zaps" similar to a rubber band snapping against your skin for a few seconds. The Dumont Center is conveniently close to her office, so Joyce has undergone therapy during her lunchtime breaks - back and forth within an hour.
After only three or four treatments, Joyce had achieved her desired results. "The hair is gone and my skin is baby-soft… no more bumps, stubble or worrying," she said. "After all of these years I can finally stop thinking about it. The therapy has really boosted my self-confidence and self-esteem."
Joyce was so delighted with her laser treatments that she has referred several friends as well as her daughter. Furthermore, Joyce decided to remain under the care of Valley Medical Group, choosing Dr. Desplat as her primary care physician. "Dr. Desplat and the entire staff are so warm, welcoming and genuine," she added. "I can't say enough about them… they've been fantastic!"