Must Shave 24 Hours Before Laser Hair Removal Treatment
Refrain From Waxing, Plucking, Depilatory Creams For 4-6 Weeks

It is very important for you to avoid waxing, plucking, depilatory creams or other hair reduction methods except shaving for 4-6 weeks before laser hair removal treatment.

The lasers works best by identifying the dark root of the hair in the follicle, differentiating it as a target from the lighter color tissue around the follicle, which allows the follicle to be destroyed and inhibits new hair growth. Waxing or tweezer the hair pulls it out, damaging the hair follicle, but not enough to destroy it. This causes the next hair root in the follicle to grow in to be thinner and lighter and not enough pigment which makes it a poorer target for the laser. So the laser might not be as effective.

Depilatory creams can dissolve a portion of the hair shaft. There may not be enough pigment in the hair follicle because of the loss hair shaft so that laser energy will not be absorbed where it is needed. It would reduce the efficiency of laser treatment.

During this time period, the only acceptable regimen is shaving and it is recommended shave 24 hours before laser treatment.

Avoid Waxing, Plucking, Creams For 4-6 Weeks, Must Shave 24 Hours Before Laser Hair Reduction Treatment

Laser hair reduction relies on transmitting energy to the hair follicles to destroy them. If there is hair above the skin, the light energy will be absorbed by the hair and not the follicle and the treatment will not be effective. Shaving cuts the hair at the surface, leaving the integral hair follicle beneath the skin which can be treated by the laser. Some practitioners even believe that shaving is beneficial to laser hair removal treatment, because it allows the laser to focus its energy on the hair follicle rather than the hair shaft.

In addition, shaving also helps in completing the laser procedure in less time and avoid to the risks of a burn as the relatively longer hair shaft may burn the surface of the skin as it is heated. The relatively shorter hair also can reduce the pain of laser treatment.

However, we recommend shaving 24 hours before laser treatment because freshly shaved skin is more sensitive, you can possibly have increased inflammation and redness after the treatment. And it is best to have a little bit of stubble so it is easier for the laser operator to see all areas where hairs are located. Some clinics will help you do it.

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