I didn't shave my armpit the day before the procedure because I plucked it 1 week before my schedule. Does it affect the result?

I have 5 sessions of laser hair removal.i just finished my 1st session.

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Plucking before Laser Hair Removal

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The best thing you can do before a laser hair removal treatment is to shave as close as you can. When you pluck the hair, you are removing what needs to be treated. You will notice the hair will be thinner and less with each treatment. Remember to avoid plucking and waxing, it's not necessary.

I didn't shave my armpit the day before the procedure because I plucked it 1 week before my schedule. Does it affect the result?

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Thanks for your question – laser hair removal needs melanin or pigment in the target area, in this case, the hair follicle, in order to work. If there is no target, then the laser will be less effective.  Always consult a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon and have treatments done in these offices.  Never let novices who do not know the hair cycles and how the lasers work on hair take care of you.  And if you plucked recently, wait a while for the laser procedure to get the best possible outcome.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Laser hair removal and waxing/plucking?

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Removing the hair completely is not a good idea because it will adversely affect your results. The laser needs the pigment in the hair to heat it up and affect damage. With the hair gone, it won't be effective. Shaving is the way to go so there is a very small hair left in the shaft.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Do not pluck the hairs/ wax the area, before Laser Hair Removal

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Yes, your results will definitely be  affected if you wax/ pluck your hairs ahead of your laser hair removal session. The hairs are the very target for the laser. Removing them, removes the target, and makes the session less effective. I would suggest that you reschedule, and simply shave the treatment area, between sessions.Good luck!

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