Is Shaving a Must Before Laser Hair Removal?

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Laser hair removal can help you drastically reduce or eliminate waxing, epilating, shaving, and other frequent hair removal techniques from your busy schedule. At Rejuvenation Wellness Center in Plainview, NY, board-certified physician Dr. Natalia Levinskaya uses the SHR Speed AFT treatment to achieve long-lasting hair reduction for patients in as few as 3 – 6 treatments. Keep reading to find out more, including how to prepare yourself before getting laser hair removal.

How does laser hair removal work?

At Rejuvenation Wellness Center, a series of 3 – 6 treatments spaced between 1 – 3 months may be enough to rid you of your hair removal tasks long-term. Laser hair removal treatment can be used safely on the armpits, legs, arms, back, face, chest, and intimate areas. The smaller the area being treated, the shorter the appointment may last.

Dr. Levinskaya uses the Speed AFT method for laser hair removal, which harnesses the power of Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFTTM) and the Super Hair Removal (SHRTM) method. This requires using an optimal wavelength and lower energy at a higher frequency to target both the melanin and skin cells responsible for hair growth. This type of laser hair removal is faster and, as a result, less painful than other laser hair removal or IPL treatments.

Other benefits of SHR Speed AFT laser hair removal treatment include the following:

  • Smoother skin

  • A reduction in ingrown hairs

  • Minimal discomfort

  • Efficacy on many different hair types and areas of the body

  • Halts hair regrowth long-term

Do I need to shave before laser hair removal treatment?

It's always a good idea to shave before any light-based hair removal treatment. Because light targets pigment, having extra hair on your body in the treatment area may cause the hair to singe and burn. This can also reduce the efficacy of your overall treatment since you want the energy to be focused on the hair follicle and not the hair above the skin.

Clients are generally asked to shave the evening before their laser hair removal treatment to achieve the best results. That ensures there will be some minute hair growth that the light can target.

It's important not to pluck, sugar, or wax before laser hair removal. If you do, there will be no hair follicle for the laser to target, and you will need to wait until the hair grows back in order to shut down further growth.

Who is a good candidate for laser hair removal?

SHR Speed AFT laser hair removal is effective on a wide variety of skin tones and hair colors. However, it requires an experienced practitioner such as Dr. Levinskaya to calibrate the tool for each individual patient.

Good candidates for laser hair removal include:

  • People who have unwanted facial or body hair

  • Those who do not have the time to use bleach, depilatory creams, waxing, sugaring, or shaving methods frequently

  • People in good health who are not pregnant or breastfeeding

  • People who often get ingrown hairs or suffer from razor burn using traditional hair removal methods

Get laser hair removal in Plainview, NY

If you're inconvenienced by body hair and want a long-term removal option, you can discuss the possibility of using the SHR Speed AFT treatment for laser hair removal with board-certified physician Dr. Natalia Levinskaya. Simply schedule an appointment at Rejuvenation Wellness Center in Plainview, NY to get started.

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