Have you ever heard of, or have any feedback on laser clinics, waxing a patient immediately before they use the laser? I went to a clinic where they say they do this as the hair follicle is open and more receptive to the laser. Their reasoning for this was because when shaving the area to be lasered, 'baby' hairs that are also shaved now in-turn come back stubbly and thicker. I have done a lot of research and it all says that waxing should be stopped months or so before getting laser treatments. I've had a patch test done (waxing first and the laser IPL) and it's been 2 months and it seems it has worked.
Should I Wax Before Laser Hair Removal Treatments?
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Laser Hair Removal
Waxing should not be done prior to laser hair removal period. You should not wax for at least 4 weeks prior to your treatment.
Do not wax before laser hair removal
The laser works best by identifying the dark root of the hair in the follicle, differentiating it as a target from the lighter color tissue around the follicle. If the hair is pulled completely out, there won't be as much heat generated in the root bulb of the follicle, so the laser treatment might not be as effective, and you will feel like it is not working.
Shaving before laser hair removal is fine, and even helpful.
Waxing shouldn't be done before laser hair removal sessions
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Waxing NOT Recommended before Laser Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal and waxing
IPL is NOT a laser. It will not be effective for laser hair removal and it may burn the skin.
Prior to laser hair removal, the root of the hair must be in tact. The laser energy is looking for a chromophore or a target. The root of the hair is the target. if the hair is not shaved, some of the hair on the surface of the skin will absorb laser energy.
No Waxing Before Laser Hair Removal
In all the years that my office has practiced laser hair removal, we have always recommended all depilatory’s, waxing and tweezing stop before laser treatments start. You want the bulb of the hair follicle to be present when you are delivering the energy of the laser so that the hair doesn't return. It will give you more effective, longer lasting results.
Do not Wax Prior to Laser Hair Removal
The laser works best when it can identify the pigment in the follicle. Waxing pulls the hairs by the root from the skin which takes the pigment away from the follicle in turn leaves nothing for the laser to treat. For best results do not wax and/or stop waxing at least 2 weeks before laser treatment.Only shave either the night before or the morning of treatment.
Waxing before Laser Hair Removal
No, you should not wax for several weeks before laser hair removal. The reason is that the laser is attracted to the dark pigment in the hair. So, if the hair has already been removed through waxing, the laser will not have a "target" and will not be effective.
Waxing hair can interfere with laser hair removal
I have never heard of waxing being recommended prior to laser hair removal. As others here have pointed out, it may removed the pigmented target of the laser. Also, it can burn and irritate the skin, which the laser treatment can worsen. I suggest doing what the majority recommends and shaving, not waxing, prior to treatment.
Waxing Immediately Prior to Laser Hair Removal Not Recommended
Thank you for your question.
In short, waxing immediately prior to laser hair removal will likely decrease the effectiveness of the laser providing short term, rather than long term, reduction in hair.
More specifically, lasers target the pigment of hairs at the base of the follicle (in the growth phase), which allows the follicle to be destroyed and inhibits new hair growth. Waxing removes hair from the follicle (including hairs at the base)
Without the hair, and thus pigment, at the base of the follicle the laser does not have it target and is therefore not as effective at destroying the follicle and decreasing future hair growth.
I hope this helps.
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