GentleLASE and GentleYAG lasers to debut in leading laser hair removal franchise
WAYLAND, Mass. Candela Corporation (NASDAQ: CLZR) today announced that it has signed an exclusive long term agreement with Ideal Image to supply the laser hair removal franchise with its GentleLASE(R) and GentleYAG(R) lasers. Specializing in laser hair removal, Ideal Image has over 30 franchises throughout the United States and Australia. The agreement calls for the placement of 300 lasers in new clinics over the next two years. Last year, over 1.4 million Americans received a laser hair removal treatment and, as an increasing number of Americans are turning to lasers to remove unwanted hair, Ideal Image seeks to open even more franchises featuring Candela’s premier lasers for hair removal.
"We are proud that after an extensive vendor evaluation process, the GentleLASE and GentleYAG have become the lasers of choice for the hair removal specialists at Ideal Image," said Gerard E. Puorro, Candela’s President and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe that Ideal Image’s experience and reputation for excellence in the laser hair removal industry is a perfect match for Candela’s leading products."
"Ideal Image is a rapidly expanding world class organization specializing in bringing hair removal solutions to our guests nationwide," said Dean Akers, Chief Executive Officer at Ideal Image. "Our business is highly dependent upon patient satisfaction. Ideal Image performed multiple vendor technology comparisons, and chose the Candela GentleLASE as the preferred technology for comfortable, fast and efficacious hair removal. We are happy to have formed this partnership with Candela, another world class organization and look forward to a mutually beneficial, long term relationship."
The GentleLASE and GentleYAG work by transforming laser energy into heat, which destroys the hair follicle leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. Depending on the size of the treatment area, a session could last from 10 minutes to an hour. Prices for the treatment will vary, but laser therapy is expected to be less costly since it may require fewer treatments
hair vendors compared to drug and topical skin creams, which a patient can be expected to use for years.
In addition to manufacturing the industry’s leading lasers for hair removal, Candela also provides the highest quality technical and service support for practitioners. Whether it’s marketing, technical, clinical or financial support that practitioners require, Candela has a team ready to meet those needs.
"One of the key factors we considered when deciding which lasers to use in our centers was customer support," said John B. "As Ideal Image continues to grow, we feel confident that the quality products, service and support that Candela provides will help us achieve our long term goals."The GentleLASE Laser effectively removes unwanted body hair without damaging the surrounding area. This laser emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle where it impacts hair growth. The GentleLASE results in permanent hair reduction a long term stable reduction in the number of hairs re growing after a treatment regime. This laser offers faster treatment times and enhanced patient comfort over previous laser machines. The GentleLASE is also less painful than waxing or electrolysis. The GentleYAG targets the hair follicle to remove unwanted body hair without damaging the surrounding area. The GentleYAG has minimal scattering of laser energy making it ideal for reducing or eliminating veins in all skin types, especially dark or tanned skin. Founded near Boston in 1970,
facebook besthairbuy the company markets and services its products in over 64 countries from offices and distributors in the United States, Europe, Japan, China and other Asian locations. Candela established the aesthetic laser market 17 years ago, and currently has an installed base of 8,500 lasers worldwide. Candela is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (Male/Female/Handicapped/Veteran).
About IDEAL IMAGE:
Ideal Image, the nation’s fastest growing leader in laser hair removal, opened a flagship center in Tampa, Florida in 2001 and has performed more than 100,000 laser hair removal treatments. Since franchising in 2004, they have opened 30+ locations throughout Florida, in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Dallas, Knoxville, TN, Charlotte, NC, Kansas City, MO, Boise, ID and Sydney, Australia with plans to add an additional 100 locations in 2006. In addition to laser hair removal, Ideal Image also provides services for removal of spider veins, brown spots, acne and wrinkles. Ideal Image is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Male/Female/Handicapped/Veteran).
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