Waxing and Plucking After Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

After what time can a person wax, tweeze, pluck or use creams if they used laser hair remover only once or had number of treatment, but do not plan to do any treatment in upcoming year ?

Does the same time apply to clinic and in home treatments machine? Thank you.

Doctor Answers 12

Mechanical or chemical hair removal is safe 30 days after laser hair removal

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A professional treated laser hair removal site ordinarily does not require intervention for 30 days.  Then, depending on location, some hair will start to grow back.  At that time, mechanical (tweezing or waxing) or chemical (depilatory creams) hair removal may be safely done.


San Antonio Dermatologist

Waxing after laser hair removal

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It is safe to use any type of hair removal, waxing plucking etc. any time 5 days or more after the laser treatment. The worry is any redness or irritation directly related to the laser treatment itself. Remember if you plan on having more laser treatments do not pluck or wax for several weeks before the treatment as you want the hair in the follicle to be treated. Shaving or cutting with a scissors is fine.

Janet M. Neigel, MD
Florham Park Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Waxing and plucking after laser hair removal

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I typically recommend to patients that they wait about a week after laser assisted hair removal to do any at-home removal (waxing, plucking, depilatory etc.). Waiting a week gives the skin time to heal and will allow for the hairs to be removed more easily with less risk of irritation. Good luck.

Jason R. Lupton, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon

Waxing or plucking after Laser Hair Removal

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If there is no intention of having anymore laser hair removal treatments, the hair can be plucked or waxed after the treatment. It should not be done immediately after the treatment though since the area treated in typically red and sensitive. Waiting at least a week is probably best to avoid further traumatizing the area.

Ritu Saini, MD - Account Suspended
New York Dermatologic Surgeon

Waxing and Plucking after laser hair removal

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I would not advise you to wax or pluck after laser hair removal.  However, if you have decided not to continue with your laser hair removal for the time being then you can definitely go ahead and use any method to remove hair in the interim.  If you have been doing laser hair removal I am puzzled why you wouldn't want to finish your treatments.  Best, Dr. Green

When to wax after laser?

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In general, if you are in the middle of laser hair removal, avoid waxing if you can for 3 weeks after your procedure.  Since most patients get treated every 4-8 weeks, it is often best to avoid waxing altogether and shave.  Patients who continue with laser hair removal often have less hair at each visit making the need to wax or shave less.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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When To Use Hair Removal Methods

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You should avoid anything that will irritate the skin for 7 days after laser hair removal. Once the hairs have grown out you can use any hair removal method you like.

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Laser Hair Removal vs Waxing

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I would advise against waxing EVER.  The only exception would be if you have your own wax pot that is never used by anyone else.  Even still waxing rips the hair out by the root which can lead to ingrown hair, while laser can actually eliminate ingrown hair.

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 123 reviews

Waxing And Plucking After Laser Hair Removal

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You should avoid anything irritating to the skin the first few days after treatment. Once the hairs have grown out after the first week you make use any hair removal method if you are not planning to have a laser hair removal treatment within another 4 weeks.

Laser hair removal and waxing

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As long as you do not plan on more laser hair removal treatments, you can use any method of hair removal as soon as you have hair growth.  If you plan on another laser treatment, avoid hair removal for 6 weeks prior to your laser treatment.  Shaving is permitted.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist

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