What Should Men Do Before Their First Laser Hair Removal?

Guy’s here are some top tips on what you should do before your first laser hair removal session.


Male with half chest waxing and half smooth chest no hair

You should shave the area you’re getting treated before the appointment. If you don’t, the clinician will trim or shave the area for you. The reason for this is, as the beam of light travels through the hair shaft, a lot of energy is being absorbed. Therefore, having short hair so when the light goes through it, there’s enough left to hit and damage the follicle.

Stay of the Sun

The reason people often get laser hair removal in the winter is because you don’t want to have sun exposure on the area. This is recommend roughly three weeks before your session.

The reason is two-fold: Because the laser works best on light skin and dark hair, you don’t want your skin to be tan and hair slightly bleached from the sun. This also means you can’t use self-tanners before your appointment. What’s more, you don’t want to risk damage to your skin.


There are lasers that work best for light skin, and others that are better suited for dark skin. The ideal candidate is someone who has fair skin and dark hair follicles. People with red, very blonde, and white hair won’t see results from laser hair removal and shouldn’t be treated.


Getting your chest done will take about 20 minutes if that, whereas the back will take about 30 minutes to complete. The clinician will check the area first, clean and then apply a soothing gel to alleviate redness and inflammation. Sometimes it can feel like having mild sunburn.

You Can’t Work Out Post-Treatment

Male in press up position lifting dumb bells with a smooth waxed torso

There are actually quite a few things you need to hold off on after your appointment. This is because you’re injuring the skin temporarily, you want it to heal before you go into excessive heat because it can cause more swelling and discomfort. After 48 hours, you can go in the sun, hit up a sauna, go in a hot tub, and work out.

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