Is Laser Hair Removal Safe If I Pluck My Hair After?

Brian Lett
By Brian Lett
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Is it safe if I plucked my hair after laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is an innovative treatment that safely and efficiently eliminates hair roots on your skin. It works by targeting melanin in hair follicles to heat them up and ultimately destroy their bulbs, bulges and vascular supply systems.

Plucking or waxing the hair will disrupt this cycle and encourage its regrowth, leading to thick and dark regrowth as well as interference with any future laser treatments you may undergo.

Plucking After Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal involves targeting targeted beams of light at your hair follicles. The light energy is absorbed by melanin in your follicles and heat is generated, damaging and stopping them from producing hair production. Multiple sessions spread over time may be needed in order to achieve results you’re happy with; to avoid unwanted side effects like scarring it’s wise not to remove hair from treatment areas until completely healed.

While laser hair removal treatments require shaving of treated areas, you should avoid plucking or waxing. Instead, scrub or shave the area regularly to speed up shedding process – this is normal and won’t compromise effectiveness of laser treatment. Furthermore, applying sunscreen with SPF 30+ protection to this area until hair starts falling out is also wise.

Before laser hair removal treatment begins, it is recommended to wait several days after each session before shaving the area being treated with laser. Allowing time for healing can reduce risk and minimize irritation; if necessary, shave carefully without using razor blades designed specifically for hair removal.

Ingrown hairs and keloid scars may result from using an unsuitable razor or waxing product to remove hair from a treated area, and should you experience them, it would be wise to consult your dermatologist to discuss potential treatment options.

Plucking hairs after laser hair removal can significantly undermine its effectiveness, potentially leading to failure. This is because laser hair removal relies on targeting hair follicle roots – their roots being what’s fried by the laser – which means any attempt by you or others at plucking can prevent the laser from properly targeting its target and effectively targeting follicles.

After your laser hair removal session, hair may take anywhere between one to seven days to shed and fall out naturally. In this time frame, redness or bumps may appear where hair is being shed – these are signs that your body is working to shed its dead hairs off your body! You can gently buff this area using a loofah or washcloth in order to speed this process along.

Ingrown Hairs

Everybody who has ever shaved, tweezed or waxed body hair knows that ingrown hairs can be both annoying and unsightly. These red bumps appear when hair that has been cut or plucked reenters the skin instead of rising up from it, leading to irritation and pain as well as creating an environment for bacteria which may become infected over time. They may appear anywhere on the body but most often occur where people regularly remove body hair such as legs, arms or face.

There are various techniques for getting rid of ingrown hairs, from using a warm wet washcloth and applying it directly onto the skin, or using hair removal products that push hair up through the surface of skin, to laser hair removal treatments which target hair follicles directly and destroy them, to keep from growing again in future, thereby preventing ingrown hairs from occurring. However, laser hair removal stands out as one of the best preventive solutions – as it targets them directly so no new growth can form and stops any from forming altogether!

Laser hair removal leaves skin reddening and itching for several days following treatment as the hair follicles are destroyed. But after a few weeks the hair will begin to fall out naturally, making ingrown hairs less likely to form in that area. Although they still may form without proper care and maintenance being provided in this manner, regular exfoliation could help avoid this result.

Laser hair removal can be especially useful for people with thick or curly locks prone to developing ingrown hairs. Traditional methods, like shaving, tweezing and waxing can all cause ingrown hairs because they disrupt the growth cycle of the follicle; however, laser hair removal doesn’t interrupt this cycle and therefore makes ingrown hair formation much less likely.

Ingrown hairs can result from dead skin cells clogging the pores of a hair follicle, so regular exfoliation is vital in order to avoid ingrown hairs forming. At Le Parlour Laser Spa we can assist by performing deep skin cleaning treatments in order to help stop ingrown hair formation and avoid painful ingrowns altogether.

Keloid Scars

Laser hair removal can be performed safely when administered by trained medical professionals. Before treatment begins, your physician will complete a complete medical history review and address any concerns or expectations you may have. Also in preparation for laser treatments you must not wax or pluck in the weeks leading up to them because this will interfere with laser’s work of dissolving hair follicles; furthermore tanned skin or tanning beds must also be avoided in this timeframe for the same reason.

As your hair is destroyed during a laser treatment, you may experience mild discomfort or pain. A technician will apply cold gel or an ice pack to the area to ease any discomfort and protective eyewear will be provided as shielding from laser light. Once adjusted to fit the thickness and color of your hair as well as skin color; they’ll test a small patch first for reaction to ensure no adverse reactions take place before beginning full treatment.

Before beginning laser hair removal treatments, it is essential that the areas to be treated remain free from tweezing, waxing and depilatory creams such as Veet. This is due to laser technology destroying hair follicles which may result in new hairs growing back, while tweezing or using depilatory creams can result in ingrown hairs from being disturbed during treatment.

As well as avoiding these products, hair treatments containing retinoids should also be avoided in the days prior to laser treatments; their increased risk of side effects increases. Furthermore, it’s essential that you notify your technician if there are any additional health conditions which could be affected by the laser, including pregnancy or herpes simplex virus infection.

Pregnant women should avoid laser hair removal as its light may penetrate deep enough to harm their fetuses. Women who have experienced cold sore outbreaks in the past should also stay clear as heat from laser can trigger herpes viruses that lead to outbreaks of cold sores.


Laser hair removal offers many long-term advantages for getting rid of unwanted hair, unlike waxing and shaving which require constant upkeep. Laser treatment permanently reduces the amount of hair that grows back in treated areas compared to their predecessors; saving money in the process as you won’t need razors, shaving cream or waxing supplies indefinitely. After treatment is completed it is important not to shave for four or five days until skin no longer feels sensitive – this usually happens four or five days post treatment; shaving too early could damage skin making laser treatment results less effective.

Before getting laser hair removal treatments done, it’s also advisable to avoid waxing, tweezing or plucking the area as this can disrupt the anagen phase and cause premature hair regrowth. Shaving may also interfere with its effectiveness as it shortens hairs which make them harder to target with laser treatments.

As soon as your treatments start working, you may start to see hairs fall out during sessions – this is a sure sign that they have been damaged by laser and will no longer grow back!

After attending multiple laser treatment sessions, your hair growth should decrease considerably in treated areas. To keep skin looking clean and smooth, maintenance sessions should take place every three to six months for best results.

Laser hair removal treatments should ideally take place during spring or summer when your body’s natural hair growth cycle occurs, to ensure that hair grows at an appropriate length for treatment with laser. You should still be able to receive some treatments during the winter and fall to maintain smooth and beautiful skin.

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