- The laser targets the melanin (color) in the hair shaft. Increased melanin (color) in the skin will compete for the laser energy intended for the hair follicle beneath the skin.
- The presence of a tan can lead to discoloration of the skin and blistering.
- Recent exposure to the sun, or tanning beds, stimulates melanocytes increasing the risk of hyperpigmentation (increased color) in the shape of the laser gauge.
- Adding sun exposure (or extreme heat) sooner than 1 week following your treatment may also lead to adverse reactions.
- Hyperpigmentation is not permanent, but may take anywhere from a few weeks to a year or more to resolve.
- The pigment from spray tans or lotions will also compete for the laser energy; however, these are perfectly safe “following” your laser treatment.
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