How close to a Laser Hair Removal treatment should I shave? I am thinking about just letting them shave me right before the laser--will this affect the laser's efficacy?
When to Stop Shaving Before Laser Hair Removal?
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Shaving before laser hair removal
It is important not to have hair on the surface of the skin, otherwise, that hair will absorb some of the laser energy. The objective is for the laser energy to go directly to the rot of the hair. This is a reason to select the ideal laser for your skin type. The alexandriite laser is best for light to medium toned skinned individuals. The long pulsed nd yag is best for dark skinned types
Shaving Prior to Laser Hair Removal
Shave the night before or morning of laser hair removal
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I recommend to shave within 24 hours of your treatment.
Right before session
You should shave the same day of your treatment.
Cleanly Shaved Before Laser Hair Removal
Depends on Individual Hair Growth Cycle
In our office, we prefer that you shave the day of your treatment. This is because the less hair that is on the surface of the skin, the more energy that can be delievered into the source of the hair - the follicle. Shaving the day of will only increase the efficacy of the laser.
Laser Hair Removal Prep
When having Laser Hair Removal, we want you to be as clean shaven as possible. We recommend doing it in the morning before you come. If you shave immediately prior to the laser, you can possibly have increased inflammation/redness after the treatment.
Dr. Grant Stevens
Shaving prior to laser
We use the Laserscope laser in my office. The technique is painless as long as the laser does not encounter hair above the skin. So, my patients are advised to shave or use depilatories just before the appt time. No later that the night before.
We don"t take the time to shave you. That is something that the patient is expected to do before their appt. Good luck!
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