Why You Have to Shave Before Laser Hair Removal

Brian Lett
By Brian Lett
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Shaving is recommended to ensure the laser can access its target, the hair follicle. Waxing may impede this process further.

Before your laser treatment, it is recommended that you shave 24 hours prior. Shaving helps protect against potential bleeding or sensitive patches on the skin that may bleed during laser sessions.

Preparing for the Procedure

Prior to your laser hair removal appointment, it is a good idea to shave the area that will be treated. This will remove any extra hair, allowing the laser’s energy to pass through the skin and reach hair follicles more effectively. Use a new or nearly new razor, paying close attention not to apply too much pressure – too much force may irritate and sensitize skin which prevents laser from reaching hair follicles effectively. You should also exfoliate this area prior to treatment so as to make sure there are no dead cells blocking laser’s reach.

Before your treatment session, any other forms of hair removal such as waxing, plucking or electrolysis must be avoided as they will disrupt hair follicles and may lead to permanent loss in affected follicles.

Before going in for laser treatment, it is crucial that you shave. This will reduce thermal injury to your skin’s surface while helping the laser reach each hair follicle directly and not be diverted by other growing hairs. Furthermore, shaving helps decrease chances of small temporary grazes that might appear after your treatment session.

On the day of your appointment, it is essential that you shower and cleanse the treatment area carefully, removing any creams or moisturizers as well as deodorants that could potentially affect sensitivity to light (anti-inflammatory medications and antibiotics may contribute). Furthermore, inform your specialist if you are on your period as this could increase pain and discomfort associated with the procedure.

Before your laser treatment begins, take a deep breath and relax. Once complete, let the skin heal after its laser session and your results should become evident after several sessions; finally giving you permanent smooth skin!

Preparing Your Skin

Men and women spend hours each year shaving, waxing and plucking out unwanted hair from their bodies – time they could better spend enjoying themselves at the beach or dining out – when laser hair removal can provide a permanent solution to this issue. Here are some tips to prepare your skin for treatment with laser hair removal.

Shave the area to be treated a day prior to your laser appointment in order to allow it to more effectively target and remove hair follicles, without targeting anything that’s above your skin and possibly leading to burns on its surface.

Before scheduling laser hair removal sessions, it is wise to refrain from plucking, tweezing and using cream depilatories on your skin. This is because hair grows in cycles; pulling out unwanted strands before they’re due for removal can disrupt these cycles and cause faster regrow. Furthermore, tanning the area could increase chances of pigmentation issues during laser sessions.

Take a shower prior to your appointment and clean the area being treated, making sure any lotions, oils, or skincare products have been washed off thoroughly. Additionally, it would be wise to avoid wearing perfume or deodorant on treatment day as these may interfere with laser’s ability to target and locate hair follicles accurately.

Laser hair removal requires multiple sessions in order to completely get rid of unwanted hair, so between sessions, it’s necessary to keep shaving the area to maintain the appropriate length for treatment. Beware, though: shaving too close may lead to small grazes on your skin that could take days to heal; aim instead for light stubble for optimal results and to ensure smooth skin for as long as possible!

Preparing for the Treatment

Your laser hair removal technician will provide a list of instructions regarding what you must and must not do prior to starting treatment. Please follow them so as not to affect results and, potentially, force the technician to reschedule for later.

One of the key steps before laser hair removal treatment is stopping plucking and waxing for at least six weeks prior to your appointment. This is essential because laser treatments work by targeting hair roots for destruction; by plucking hair out from their shaft, this disrupts this process and lessens chances for permanent results.

Prior to receiving laser treatments, it is wise to avoid direct sun exposure for at least a few days prior. Lasers cannot effectively treat tanned skin and could potentially result in pigmentation issues in the treated area.

On the day of your appointment, be sure to wear loose, breathable clothing that covers the area that needs treating in order to reduce irritation as laser energy is applied to it. Also avoid applying creams, oils, deodorant, sunscreen or makeup products directly onto this area as these could interfere with its effectiveness and cause burning sensations on the skin.

At the start of treatment, goggles will be provided to safeguard your eyes. Next, an alcohol pad will be used to prep the treatment area before applying a cool gel or air spray before lasering takes place and vaporizes hair follicles with an intensity similar to snapping rubber bands or sunburn-like discomfort.

After your treatment, you will notice that hair that was previously in its growth stage has begun to shed. This is normal and a sure sign that the laser successfully destroyed its target follicles; further shedding will occur over the following days to weeks and can sometimes appear as though continued hair growth has taken place.

Post-Procedure Care

Maintaining clean and dry skin is one of the key components of laser hair removal treatment, and one way to do this is by shaving prior to each appointment or shaving at night before. Doing this will reduce any instances of razor bumps forming while helping your skin recover should any irritation occur.

Shaving is another effective way of clearing away dead skin cells that may be clogging up your pores and keeping the laser from reaching hair follicles. For optimal results, it is recommended that you use a new razor so as to avoid risking cuts or nicks – and be gentle as using too much pressure can strip away layers of skin leaving temporary grazes that take a few days to heal.

Shaving before laser hair removal helps your specialist see the hair follicle and eliminate future hair growth. Laser energy passes through the skin to heat and damage it, eventually dissolving and eliminating it – but too long of hair may singe the skin, prompting treatment to be postponed until this excess hair can be safely shaved off with razors – potentially creating discomfort that requires further appointments with specialists or possibly even cancellation of an entire session altogether.

Before scheduling laser hair removal sessions, it is wise to refrain from plucking, waxing or bleaching the area as this could reduce its efficacy. Such treatments may disrupt the natural hair growth cycle and result in unwanted patches of hair growth that require multiple laser sessions in order to be eliminated successfully. It is ideal that laser treatments should take place according to your hair growth cycle for maximum effectiveness.

Have hair that’s too short can also create issues for laser hair removal treatments, as the laser energy will absorb into the hair rather than targeting its source follicle, leading to less effective treatments and irritation of skin. Shaving is also key as this ensures your session doesn’t require you reschedule your appointment, and reduces discomfort during treatment sessions.

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