Can I Undergo Laser Hair Removal if I Have a Tan?

By: Joshua K. Kolmetz


Laser hair removal is a highly effective method for achieving long-lasting hair reduction. Modern laser hair removal has gained popularity in recent years for its ability to provide reliably smooth, virtually hair-free skin without the need for regular shaving or waxing. For many people considering laser hair removal, especially in sunny Crestview, FL, a common question is whether it's possible to undergo laser hair removal when you have a tan. Here, Dr. Joshua K. Kolmetz (aka Dr. Josh) and the dedicated team at Main Street Medical Center & The Vue MediSpa provide helpful information on everything you need to know about laser hair removal and tanning.

Does laser hair removal really work?

Laser hair removal is a proven and effective method for reducing or, in some cases, getting rid of unwanted hair growth. This widely popular treatment works by targeting the pigment within hair follicles with a concentrated beam of light. The melanin (pigment) in the hair follicle absorbs the light, which is then converted into heat. This heat damages the hair follicle, inhibiting future hair growth. While the treatment can result in significant hair reduction, it's important to understand that several sessions may be required to achieve your desired result and that, for some clients, it may not be possible to stop hair growth. Still, the rate, density, thickness, and other aspects of your hair growth may be dramatically reduced. Our contemporary practice is proud to perform laser hair removal with the innovative Soprano® ICE system, which is well known for its efficacy and other benefits.

What are the benefits of laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal offers a number of compelling and potentially life-changing benefits and advantages, including:

  • Reduces or potentially removes the need to shave, pluck, wax, etc.
  • Can dramatically slow or stop hair growth
  • Prevents ingrown hairs and irritation
  • Gives clients smoother, silkier skin
  • Boosts self-confidence
  • Quick, convenient treatment
  • Minimal, if any, downtime
  • Long-lasting results
  • Usually tolerated well with minimal discomfort

Who is a good candidate for laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is most effective on individuals with fair skin and dark hair. The reason for this is that the laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle, and contrasting colors between the hair and the skin provide better results. While advancements in laser technology have made it possible for individuals with various skin and hair types to benefit from the treatment, those with fair skin and dark hair typically enjoy the best outcomes.

Can laser hair removal be performed on tanned skin?

Laser hair removal can theoretically be performed on tanned skin, but there are important considerations to keep in mind. The effectiveness and safety of the treatment may be affected by recent sun exposure, with patients who have recently tanned increasing their risk of post-treatment irritation, burning, and even scarring. If you have had recent sun exposure, be sure to let us know prior to treatment so that we can adjust or reschedule your treatment accordingly.

How long should I stop tanning before laser hair removal?

It is recommended to stop tanning and avoid sun exposure for at least two to four weeks before your laser hair removal session. Tanned skin contains more melanin, and the laser can inadvertently target this pigment instead of focusing solely on the hair follicles. This can lead to less effective results and an increased risk of laser hair removal side effects such as burns or skin discoloration.

When can I start tanning again after laser hair removal?

After your laser hair removal session, it's essential to protect your skin from sun exposure, which can compromise your results and delay your next treatment. Your skin will be more sensitive during this time, and exposure to the sun can increase the risk of skin damage. Between laser hair removal appointments, individuals should take great care to avoid direct sun exposure and to protect their skin with sunscreen, hats, and clothing. Additionally, many clients choose to schedule their laser hair removal treatment during the fall and winter months when they do not spend as much time in the sun.

Ditch the razor and get sexy, silky skin you can feel confident about with laser hair removal in Crestview, FL

Whether you’re tired of shaving, have stubborn ingrown hairs, or are self-conscious about unwanted hair growth in certain areas, you may benefit from laser hair removal for hair growth reduction. If you’re ready to finally break free of razors and get the smooth skin you’ve always wanted, call Main Street Medical Center & The Vue MediSpa to schedule your Crestview, FL, laser hair removal consultation with Dr. Joshua K. Kolmetz and our skilled team of aesthetic providers today.

*All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.