What Should Be Done Between Hair Removal Treatments?

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No waxing or tweezing in between hair removal treatments

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

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.

Aurora Badia, DO
Fort Myers Dermatologist
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What Should Be Done Between Hair Removal Treatments?

I recommend to all my patients not to wax or tweeze three weeks before treatment. Tweezing and waxing removes the hair roots the laser targets. Patients have the option of shaving, bleaching or using Nair in between sessions. 

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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What To Do Between Laser Hair Removal Treatments

In terms of hair removal, your options are leaving the hair alone, shaving, or trimming. It is not recommended to pluck, wax, tweeze, use depilatory creams, or bleach. The hairs must be in the shaft in order to be effectively treated by the laser. You should definitely avoid sun exposure and sunburns to the treated area to reduce side effects and risks with future treatments. Immediately after the treatment, you should be gentle with the area and avoid scrubbing or rubbing the area for a few days, as well as avoid any irritating products. 

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Shave, don't wax or pluck, and avoid tanning between hair removal treatments

You can shave as often as you would like between laser hair removal sessions. It is important that you avoid waxing, plucking and/or any depilatories throughout your treatment process and for 3-4 weeks prior to initiating laser hair removal, in order for your treatment to be effective. To avoid unnecessary complications it is also important to keep the treatment area out of the sun. This includes tanning beds, tanning lotions or anything that can change the natural skin color.

Kimberly Butterwick, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Laser hair removal

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

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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In Between Hair Removal

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.


Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What to do between laser hair removal treatments

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.

Emily Altman, MD
Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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What to do between LHR treatments

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.

Sofia Rubbani, MD
Tucson Ophthalmologist
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Best method between Laser Hair Removal

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.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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