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 9

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

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
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Waxing after laser hair removal

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
West Orange Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Waxing after Laser Hair Removal

Typically after your laser hair removal treatment it takes about two weeks for those disable hairs to push through. You can then go back to those other methods since you are not doing any laser hair removal treatments for at least a year. Once you decide to start your laser hair removal treatments again, stop all of those methods at least two weeks prior to your laser.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Waxing and plucking after laser hair removal

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
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Waxing or plucking after Laser Hair Removal

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
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Laser Hair Removal vs Waxing

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
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Waxing And Plucking After Laser Hair Removal

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

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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Waxing or plucking after laser hair removal

By the time hair regrows to above the surface lending itself to be plucked or waxed, enough time in days has passed from the laser hair removal that it should be fine to be plucked or waxed. Waiting a full month is certainly very safe. As you are indicating that you will not be retreating the areas with laser hair removal, then it's OK for you to pluck or wax. If you were to resume laser hair removal, you do not want to wax or pluck the hairs within two weeks of treatment because that will remove the target that the laser needs to absorb the energy.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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