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Do I need to shave before laser hair removal?

Jun 19, 2024 | Insights

Laser hair removal is a popular and effective method for achieving smooth, hair-free skin. However, many people are unsure about the preparation needed before the procedure, particularly whether they need to shave. This article will answer this question and provide a detailed guide on how to prepare for laser hair removal.

Understanding Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in the hair follicles with a concentrated beam of light. The light energy is absorbed by the pigment, damaging the follicle and inhibiting future hair growth. This treatment is effective for various body areas, including the legs, underarms, bikini line, and face.

Why Shaving is Important

Shaving before a laser hair removal session is crucial for several reasons:

  • Optimises Laser Effectiveness: Shaving ensures that the laser targets the hair follicle directly. If there is hair above the skin, the laser energy might get dispersed, reducing the treatment’s effectiveness.
  • Prevents Skin Damage: Unshaved hair can cause burns on the skin’s surface when the laser is applied. Shaving minimises this risk, making the procedure safer and more comfortable.
  • Improves Comfort: Shaving allows the laser to glide smoothly over the skin, which can enhance the overall comfort of the treatment.

When and How to Shave

For the best results, follow these shaving guidelines before your laser hair removal session:

  • Timing: Shave the treatment area 24 hours before your appointment. This allows any minor skin irritation to subside, ensuring your skin is in optimal condition for the procedure.
  • Method: Use a clean, sharp razor to avoid nicks and cuts. Shaving cream or gel can help reduce friction and prevent irritation.
  • Avoid Other Hair Removal Methods: Do not wax, pluck, or use depilatory creams before laser hair removal, as these methods remove the hair follicle, which is necessary for the laser to work effectively.

What to Avoid

In addition to the above guidelines, there are certain things to avoid before your laser hair removal session:

  • Sun Exposure: Avoid tanning or significant sun exposure for at least two weeks before treatment, as tanned skin can increase the risk of side effects.
  • Skin Care Products: Refrain from using harsh skincare products, such as retinoids and exfoliants, on the treatment area for a few days before your session.
  • Topical Creams: Do not apply creams, lotions, or deodorants to the treatment area on the day of your appointment.

Post-Treatment Care

After your laser hair removal session, follow these care tips to ensure the best results and minimise side effects:

  • Moisturise: Apply a gentle, fragrance-free moisturiser to soothe the treated area.
  • Avoid Heat: Steer clear of hot baths, saunas, and intense workouts for 24-48 hours post-treatment.
  • Protect Your Skin: Use sunscreen to protect the treated area from sun exposure, as the skin may be more sensitive.

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Preparing for laser hair removal is straightforward and essential for achieving the best results. Shaving before your session ensures the laser effectively targets the hair follicles, providing you with smoother, hair-free skin.

If you have any questions or need more information about laser hair removal, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our experienced professionals are here to help you every step of the way.

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