How Long Should I Stay out of the Sun After Laser Hair Removal?

Hello, I received my first laser hair removal treatment for my underarms using the Alexandrite Candela GentleLase laser. The doctor advised me to avoid sun and to use sun block. I plan on using t-shirts with longer sleeves to cover up, but since it is summer how long do you think one has to wait before it is considered "safe" to have sun exposure.

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Laser hair removal and sun protection

You don't want to get tanned or have sun exposure for a good six months minimum after laser hair removal if you are prone to getting hyperpigmentation as a response to trauma (acne, burns, scratches, etc.). Also, if you have a tan, then you can't be treated with laser hair removal until the tan goes away otherwise there may be an increased risk of complications.


Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Laser hair removal and sun protection

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You don't want to get tanned or have sun exposure for a good six months minimum after laser hair removal if you are prone to getting hyperpigmentation as a response to trauma (acne, burns, scratches, etc.). Also, if you have a tan, then you can't be treated with laser hair removal until the tan goes away otherwise there may be an increased risk of complications.


Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Laser Hair Removal and Sun Exposure

It is very important not to have sun before or after laser hair removal.  If you tan your skin then you may not be a candidate for laser hair removal.  If you laser tanned skin with the Candela Gentle Lase you run the risk of getting burned or having hyperpigmentation from the laser.  Similarly, if you go in the sun after your treatments, you risk getting hyper pigmented.  It is best to avoid the sun for several weeks before and after laser hair removal.  Please consult an expert in laser hair removal for the best cosmetic results.  Best, Dr. Green

Laser Hair Removal and Sun Exposure

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It is very important not to have sun before or after laser hair removal.  If you tan your skin then you may not be a candidate for laser hair removal.  If you laser tanned skin with the Candela Gentle Lase you run the risk of getting burned or having hyperpigmentation from the laser.  Similarly, if you go in the sun after your treatments, you risk getting hyper pigmented.  It is best to avoid the sun for several weeks before and after laser hair removal.  Please consult an expert in laser hair removal for the best cosmetic results.  Best, Dr. Green

Laser Hair Removal and Sun Exposure

There are some lasers available that can safely treat tanned skin. Hiwever, Intense Sun exposure and exposure to UV light in tanning beds before or after treatment could result in unfavorable skin conditions including, but not limited to: blistering, pigmentation disorders or scarring.  During the course of treatment you should wear sunblock and limit sun exposure to the areas being treated with the laser.  You should also avoid tanning beds.  Sunless tanners can mean that the surface of the skin absorbs some oif the laser energy unless a long pulsed laser is used.

Avoid heavy sun exposure. Burned skin can never be treated with a laser, but tanned skin can sometimes be safely treated with the right laser. A complimentary consultation can help you determine if laser hair removal is safe and effective for you.

 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Laser Hair Removal and Sun Exposure

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There are some lasers available that can safely treat tanned skin. Hiwever, Intense Sun exposure and exposure to UV light in tanning beds before or after treatment could result in unfavorable skin conditions including, but not limited to: blistering, pigmentation disorders or scarring.  During the course of treatment you should wear sunblock and limit sun exposure to the areas being treated with the laser.  You should also avoid tanning beds.  Sunless tanners can mean that the surface of the skin absorbs some oif the laser energy unless a long pulsed laser is used.

Avoid heavy sun exposure. Burned skin can never be treated with a laser, but tanned skin can sometimes be safely treated with the right laser. A complimentary consultation can help you determine if laser hair removal is safe and effective for you.

 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 122 reviews

Laser treatment and sun exposure

While receiving any laser treatment, it is highly recommended to avoid sun exposure at least 2 weeks

prior and after. It is best to be at your base skin tone while receiving laser to get the maximum results possible. Lasers are attracted to pigment and if we have had recent sun exposure, the laser will detect the tan and heat from the skin and leave possible burning. Moreover, wearing sunscreen daily and  protective clothing in areas to be treated are imperative to have a safe and effective treatment. Skin type, tendency for sunburn, and use of certain types of medications may affect your risk. 

Laser treatment and sun exposure

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While receiving any laser treatment, it is highly recommended to avoid sun exposure at least 2 weeks

prior and after. It is best to be at your base skin tone while receiving laser to get the maximum results possible. Lasers are attracted to pigment and if we have had recent sun exposure, the laser will detect the tan and heat from the skin and leave possible burning. Moreover, wearing sunscreen daily and  protective clothing in areas to be treated are imperative to have a safe and effective treatment. Skin type, tendency for sunburn, and use of certain types of medications may affect your risk. 

LASER hair removal and the sun

Patients should avoid the sun 4 weeks prior and 4 weeks after laser hair removal.  The skin may continue to be sensitive so patients should use sun block as necessary.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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LASER hair removal and the sun

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Patients should avoid the sun 4 weeks prior and 4 weeks after laser hair removal.  The skin may continue to be sensitive so patients should use sun block as necessary.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 167 reviews

How Long To Stay Out Of The Sun

Avoid Sun before and after Laser Hair Removal. After laser hair removal, it is usually recommended to avoid sun exposure for at least 7-10 days. This will reduce the chance of complications. Sun avoidance and sunblock use are recommended in general while doing laser hair removal treatments to minimize the risk of side effects such as burns and pigment changes because tanned skin can be more prone to complications with laser hair removal.

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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How Long To Stay Out Of The Sun

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Avoid Sun before and after Laser Hair Removal. After laser hair removal, it is usually recommended to avoid sun exposure for at least 7-10 days. This will reduce the chance of complications. Sun avoidance and sunblock use are recommended in general while doing laser hair removal treatments to minimize the risk of side effects such as burns and pigment changes because tanned skin can be more prone to complications with laser hair removal.

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Sun protection following laser hair removal

The armpit is generally not exposed to sun light unless the arms are extended. Sun exposure following arm pit laser hair removal is not an issue.  In areas that are exposed, sun avoidance and/or sun block should be used for approximately 2 weeks (longer if you are a darker skin type that is prone to pigmentation).  Laser hair removal should be postponed following acute sun exposure for 2 weeks.  As a further precaution the fluency can be decreased (the parameters can be changed for a darker skin type.)

Sun protection following laser hair removal

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The armpit is generally not exposed to sun light unless the arms are extended. Sun exposure following arm pit laser hair removal is not an issue.  In areas that are exposed, sun avoidance and/or sun block should be used for approximately 2 weeks (longer if you are a darker skin type that is prone to pigmentation).  Laser hair removal should be postponed following acute sun exposure for 2 weeks.  As a further precaution the fluency can be decreased (the parameters can be changed for a darker skin type.)

Avoid Sun before and after Laser Hair Removal

Following a laser hair removal procedure, you do need to avoid the sun for several weeks – otherwise you risk the chance of pigment problems in the treatment areas and other adverse events which you do not want. After the treatment, you are more prone to sunburns  so you need to be careful – shirts and cover-ups are key for this – and you need not be tanned for any of your sessions – as this is a no-no for laser hair removal and something we do not treat over – so no tans before laser hair removal either.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Avoid Sun before and after Laser Hair Removal

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Following a laser hair removal procedure, you do need to avoid the sun for several weeks – otherwise you risk the chance of pigment problems in the treatment areas and other adverse events which you do not want. After the treatment, you are more prone to sunburns  so you need to be careful – shirts and cover-ups are key for this – and you need not be tanned for any of your sessions – as this is a no-no for laser hair removal and something we do not treat over – so no tans before laser hair removal either.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Sun Avoidance and Laser Hair Removal

After laser hair removal, it is usually recommended to avoid sun exposure for at least 7-10 days. This will reduce the chance of complications. Sun avoidance and sunblock use are recommended in general while doing laser hair removal treatments to minimize the risk of side effects such as burns and pigment changes because tanned skin can be more prone to complications with laser hair removal.

Sun Avoidance and Laser Hair Removal

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After laser hair removal, it is usually recommended to avoid sun exposure for at least 7-10 days. This will reduce the chance of complications. Sun avoidance and sunblock use are recommended in general while doing laser hair removal treatments to minimize the risk of side effects such as burns and pigment changes because tanned skin can be more prone to complications with laser hair removal.

No sun exposure for at least two weeks after Laser Hair Removal

Tanning is not recommended for almost any laser treatment, but especially Laser Hair Removal. After the laser hair removal your skin is more sensitive and you can burn easily if you go tanning. When you tan before the laser treatment the chances of side effects such as hyper pigmentation and scarring are much higher. Using sun protection every day is very important and if you do tan you should wait a while until your tan fades before doing another treatment.

No sun exposure for at least two weeks after Laser Hair Removal

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Tanning is not recommended for almost any laser treatment, but especially Laser Hair Removal. After the laser hair removal your skin is more sensitive and you can burn easily if you go tanning. When you tan before the laser treatment the chances of side effects such as hyper pigmentation and scarring are much higher. Using sun protection every day is very important and if you do tan you should wait a while until your tan fades before doing another treatment.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.