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What Should I Do Between Hair Removal Treatments?

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No waxing or tweezing in between hair removal treatments

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You want the hair shafts,which are the target for the laser energy, to be present. If you do waxing, the laser energy won’t be absorbed in the best area and the follicle would have a better chance surviving. It is best not to wax for two to four weeks prior to laser hair removal depending on the rate of your hair growth. You would like to see the hair just starting to point out of the epidermis as it grows back to have effective treatment.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Hair removal between laser hair appts

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With continued treatments, most patients do not have to worry about excess hair growth between treatments. However, if you do need to remove hair, it is imperative not to wax or tweeze. The laser energy targets the hair root, and waxing and tweezing eliminate the root. It is fine, however, to shave between treatments. In fact, if your hair is long, shaving before a treatment can allow for a more effective treatment.

Fort Myers Dermatologist

Laser hair removal

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Laser hair removal should keep you hair free for weeks at a time.   If you need to eliminate hair between treatments you can shave. There is no need to grow hair out. Shave between treatments and ultimately there will be no need to shave

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Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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In Between Hair Removal

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Make sure you don't wax or tweeze the area being treated. The laser needs to pick up the hair root. If the hair is not present the laser will have a less effective outcome. The laser is attracted to the pigment of  the hair. You can exfoliate the area and cleanly shave. Its best if you shave the day of treatment for maximum results.

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Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What to do between laser hair removal treatments

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The only hair removal method to be used between laser treatments is shaving.  Tweezing and waxing will not only remove the target for the next laser treatment, they will disrupt the synchronization of hair growth cycles that we are trying to achieve with the treatments.

The more hairs are in the same growth cycle, the more effective the laser treatment will be.

If you are treating an area with few hairs, you can also carefully clip them with cuticle scissors.

Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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It is best to shave between laser hair treatments...

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Between laser hair treatments the best thing to do is either shave or trim closely.  The laser needs to see a small hair present to detect hair pigmentation.  While its ok to wax early between sessions you should not wax or pluck as your next session gets close.  When your session is approaching it is best to have some minimal hair growth. 

Edison Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What to do between LHR treatments

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Between hair removal treatments the only thing that is recommended is shaving. Waxing, threading or tweezing should be stopped all together prior and during any hair removal procedures.

Manhattan Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Best method between Laser Hair Removal

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Once you begin your laser hair removal treatments we ask that you only shave. You only want to shave because that will only remove the hair from the surface, this method will not affect the hair follicle. If you use other methods such as plucking or waxing, this actually pulls the hair from the root and that doesn’t allow the laser to do its job.

New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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What to do between laser hair removal treatments

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Do not pluck, wax or otherwise remove the hair other than shaving. Removing the hair from the follicle (such as waxing) means that the target for the laser (dark color in the hair) is no longer present in the skin. This is why waxing or plucking during laser hair removal treatments will lead to poor results.

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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