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Laser hair removal is a procedure that uses a laser, or a concentrated beam of light, to get rid of hair in different areas of the body. If you're not happy with shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser hair removal may be an option worth considering.


Laser hair removal is one of the most commonly done cosmetic procedures in the U.S. It beams highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light. This destroys the hair.

If you are planning to undergo laser hair removal, you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for 6 weeks before treatment. That's because the laser targets the hairs' roots, which are temporarily removed by waxing or plucking.


You should also avoid sun exposure for 6 weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and makes complications after treatment more likely. Avoid taking any blood-thinning medications before the procedure. 

Should you shave for laser hair removal?

You should shave or trim the day before your procedure.

What happens if you don't shave before laser hair removal?

If your hair is too long, the procedure will not work as effectively, and your hair and skin will get burned.

Laser hair removal is a procedure to remove unwanted hair using heat to damage the hair follicle. It's a relatively fast process. When done by a trusted technician, it can guarantee long-term results with minimum side effects. It works best on those with contrasting skin and hair colors, for example, light skin and dark hair. It's important to keep treated areas out of the sun and away from indoor tanning equipment.

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