If you have recently been exposed to sunlight or tanning beds, the risk of burning, scarring, or skin damage during laser hair removal increases and can put you at unnecessary risk.
How soon after laser hair removal can you tan?
Following a laser hair removal procedure, you do need to avoid the sun for at least 7-10 days – otherwise, you risk the chance of pigment problems in the treatment areas and other adverse events such as a heat rash.
Can I go in the sun before laser hair removal?
For the best results, sun exposure should be limited before and after laser treatments. Laser hair treatments work best on skin that’s not tanned and hair that hasn’t been sun-bleached. In addition, if you’ve recently been exposed to sunlight, your skin may be more likely to suffer damage during laser hair removal.
How long after laser can I shower?
Yes, you can take a cool shower right after laser hair removal. To limit skin irritation after laser hair removal, you shouldn’t take a hot shower or a hot bath for 48 hours. If you want to bathe or shower, keep the water at a lukewarm temperature.
How many laser sessions do you need?
According to the Mayo Clinic, most people need between four and six laser therapy sessions. You also need to space these out by six weeks each — this means that the full treatment cycle can take up to nine months. After each session, you’ll likely notice fewer hairs.
How many laser hair removal treatments are needed?
Laser hair removal usually requires two to six treatments. The interval between treatments will vary depending on the location. On areas where hair grows quickly, such as the upper lip, the treatment might be repeated in four to eight weeks.
How many days after laser can I shave?
If you shave too quickly you may irritate the skin even more, so waiting at least three or four days after your treatment is usually ideal. A few days following your laser hair removal treatment, you may notice your hair shedding.
How long should you avoid sun after laser?
It’s best to avoid the sun 7-14 days leading up to your laser treatment and after. Exposure to the sun’s UV rays cause pigment changes to skin that may not be treatable. It is recommended to limit sun exposure two month before and after treatment.