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Why Do I Need to Shave Before Laser Hair Removal?

by LCA Team on November 15, 2023

Why Do I Need to Shave Before Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal has become a popular and effective method for achieving long-lasting smooth skin. However, before you step into the laser clinic, there's a crucial step you shouldn't skip – shaving. 

In this blog, Laser Clinics Australia will delve into the reasons why shaving is a necessary pre-treatment step to your laser hair removal sessions.

Ensures Laser Targets Hair Follicles

Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in the hair follicles, destroying them to inhibit future hair growth. When you shave before the procedure, you remove the visible hair above the skin's surface, allowing the laser to precisely focus on the hair follicles beneath. This ensures that the laser energy is effectively absorbed by the pigment in the follicles, maximising the treatment's efficacy.

Enhances Precision and Accuracy

By shaving the treatment area beforehand, you provide the laser technician with a clean canvas for precise targeting. This is particularly crucial for areas with varying hair lengths, ensuring that the laser can effectively reach the hair follicles without interference from longer hairs. The result is a more accurate and efficient hair removal process.

Reduces the Risk of Skin Irritation

Shaving before laser hair removal reduces the risk of skin irritation. When the laser is applied to shaved skin, it minimises the chances of the laser energy interacting with longer hairs, which can lead to discomfort and potential skin reactions. Shaving ensures a smoother, irritation-free laser hair removal experience.

At Laser Clinics Australia, we recommend shaving the treatment area 12 to 24 hours before your appointment. Our trusted team of highly trained Therapists will give you a detailed instruction of the preparation and aftercare for your laser hair removal treatment. They can also create a tailored treatment plan depending on the treatment area and your skin tone. Book a complimentary consultation today.