Why is sun exposure bad for laser hair removal?

Exposure to sunlight can cause your skin to become more sensitive to the light energy used in the removal process. This can put you at a higher risk of ending up with hyperpigmentation or even burns or scarring.

Can you go in the sun before laser hair removal?

Avoid sun exposure

We cannot treat you if you have had sun exposure within two weeks of your laser hair removal treatment as laser will sizzle any pigment on your skin. This means that if you are sunburned, or even just tanned, you may need to reschedule your appointment.

How long should you avoid the sun after laser hair removal?

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. For best results, apply sunscreen daily with an SPF of 30 or higher.

What happens if you tan before laser hair removal?

You should also avoid tanning beds for at least six weeks prior to your treatment, and several weeks after. 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.

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What are the negatives of laser hair removal?

Rarely, laser hair removal can cause blistering, crusting, scarring or other changes in skin texture. Other rare side effects include graying of treated hair or excessive hair growth around treated areas, particularly on darker skin.

What happens if you go in sun after laser?

Exposure to sunlight can cause your skin to become more sensitive to the light energy used in the removal process. This can put you at a higher risk of ending up with hyperpigmentation or even burns or scarring. If you do need to be outside, use sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays and cover up your skin.

How fast does hair grow back after first laser treatment?

3 to 4 weeks after

The treated area will be smooth for about four to six weeks following the first laser hair removal session. After this timeframe, patients should notice little fine hairs growing again.

How long after laser does hair fall out?

In many patients the skin is slightly pink for 1-2 days; in others (generally, fairer patients) there is no pinkness after laser hair removal. Hairs begin to fall out in 5-14 days and may continue to do so for weeks.

How long 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 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.

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