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What Are the Risks of Receiving Laser Hair Removal on Brazilian Waxed Skin? 

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Brazilian wax and laser hair removal are both popular cosmetic procedures. People have also started combining them for maximum smoothness. With proper care and guidance, you can get rid of unwanted pubic hair for an extended period of time.

But what are the risks of doing laser hair removal on Brazilian waxed skin? If you don’t space out these treatments properly, the laser might not be as effective as it should be. You may also increase the likelihood of skin irritation and other side effects.

Undergoing Laser Hair Removal After Brazilian Wax Treatment

Brazilian wax treatments involve a special wax that removes hair directly from the treatment area. Laser hair removal works with the use of an instrument that releases light rays to destroy each hair follicle. Laser treatments only work when hair is at least ¼ of an inch. 

Waxing removes the hair from the target area, making it difficult for the laser to reach the follicle. Spacing out these treatments properly allows you to achieve hair reduction even after experiencing short-term smoothness from the wax. 

Waiting Time Before Laser Removal

Since waxing tugs at the roots of the hair, it ultimately leads to regrowth of the hair follicle. On the other hand, Brazilian laser hair removal weakens or damages the follicle. Waxing works against the effectiveness of the laser, which is why it’s best to stop any wax treatments before undergoing laser treatment. Shaving is the only hair removal technique that you can use prior to a laser appointment.

If you recently had a Brazilian wax session, you should wait for 4 to 6 weeks before proceeding with a bikini laser hair removal session. Make sure to disclose your wax activities to your provider so they can determine the best time for your laser appointment. Your provider may ask to reschedule a pre-existing appointment if the hair is too short for laser treatment.

Possible Contraindications

Besides the time between your Brazilian wax and laser hair removal treatment, there are also possible contraindications that can interfere with your procedure. If you’re experiencing any of the following conditions, make sure to consult with your provider:

  • Hemophilia and bleeding disorders
  • Keloid scarring
  • Psoriasis
  • Vitiligo

While some providers allow Brazilian waxing on pregnant and breastfeeding women, most specialists will ask you to wait until you finish breastfeeding before proceeding with treatment. Pregnant and breastfeeding women may experience hormonal changes that could interfere with laser hair removal. As a workaround, the wax should be enough to remove unwanted hair for the time being.

Long-Term Effects

Brazilian wax can be used as a trial for you to see if a hair-free zone is better for your aesthetic goals. If you decide to pursue long-term hair reduction, you can consider a laser hair removal procedure. 

Laser hair removal effects can last for years, although it’s most effective for dark hair and lighter skin. Those with darker skin and lighter hair color may need more sessions to achieve full smoothness. Some people report not seeing significant hair growth for up to 6 years after finishing their laser hair treatment cycle. 

Safety of Laser Hair Removal and Brazilian Wax

Laser hair removal and Brazilian wax are both safe procedures. Make sure that you schedule consultations and treatments with credible doctors and specialists. Additionally, there are a few side effects that can manifest after a hair removal treatment session. It’s important to listen to your doctor’s aftercare advice to minimize any discomfort. 

Regulatory Approvals

Brazilian wax professionals are regulated by your state’s Board of Cosmetology or other similar entities. You may ask if your provider is licensed and accredited in your locale to administer treatment. Aestheticians and cosmetologists typically carry out the procedure in most states. However, some states, like New York, allow people to obtain a waxing license after finishing training and education related to the treatment.

Lasers used in a hair removal procedure should be approved by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA). Similar to waxing, people need to apply for a license before they can administer laser sessions to patients. There are some states that require professionals to have both an aesthetician license and a specialized certificate.

Common Side Effects

These treatments are generally safe. However, some side effects may be visible on the skin after a laser session. If your laser treatment and waxing sessions were spaced out properly, then you don’t have to worry about exacerbating potential side effects.

Some of the common side effects after a laser treatment include the following:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Mild pain
  • Skin irritation (redness and itching)
  • Swelling

In some cases, blistering and scarring may occur after laser light exposure. It’s unknown if these become more common on waxed skin. If you notice any sudden changes in your skin texture, tell your provider right away. They may prescribe you topical remedies that could lessen the skin irritation. Avoid tweezing the treated hair after laser treatment to avoid exacerbating the side effects.

If you recently underwent a Brazilian waxing session, you may also experience a few side effects. It’s best to wait for these to resolve before you consider booking a laser appointment. Some of the common Brazilian wax side effects include:

  • Acne
  • Inflammation
  • Ingrown hairs
  • Mild pain
  • Skin irritation

In some cases, it may take 2 weeks before all waxing side effects have resolved. If you experienced these, it’s best to wait 6 weeks after your last waxing treatment before undergoing laser hair removal. Your laser clinic can help you plan out the ideal treatment cycle—minimizing any potential side effects along the way. 

Recovery from Hair Removal Procedures

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Recovery from these hair removal procedures is usually very short. Most side effects will resolve within weeks, and you can return to work almost immediately. Your specialist will recommend some lifestyle changes and hygiene practices that can make the recovery period easier. Some of these include changing your diet and avoiding harsh cosmetic products. 

Helpful Lifestyle Changes

Undergoing laser hair removal after Brazilian wax means that your skin experienced more stress than usual. Avoid applying makeup and other skin care items that could irritate the skin after your treatment. Some lotions also contain harsh chemicals that could contribute to redness. You may ask your specialist which products are safe for your skin tone and type. 

Tanning products may cause injury around the laser site. If you undergo routine tanning procedures, postpone your next session for at least 14 days. Refrain from using any self-tanning or spray tan products as these can burn or inflame the skin. The heat can dry out the skin and lead to redness or even crusting. 

You should also avoid direct exposure to sunlight after your treatment. It’s safe to use a sunblock with at least 30 SPF. Apply the sunblock as directed for at least 2 months following your treatment cycle. You can also use an umbrella to protect any exposed body parts from sunlight. 

Additionally, increase your water intake. Drinking at least 2 liters of water per day can help the body recover faster. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours after your treatment to prevent any adverse reactions.

Hygiene Practices

Make sure to gently cleanse the treatment area with a mild soap. For the first 1 to 2 days, pat the skin dry and avoid vigorous rubbing. You should also avoid applying any moisturizers and deodorants to irritated skin. 

You can use a natural exfoliant during the recovery period. Make sure to ask your specialist which ingredients are suitable for your skin type. Additionally, avoid picking, scratching, or rubbing the treated area. This can inhibit the effects of the lasers and worsen irritation and swelling. 

Other Aftercare Tips

You can use a cold compress to help with any mild pain. Alternatively, you can use a wet, clean washcloth instead. Make sure to use a soft washcloth to prevent chafing. You may also use an ice pack with a cloth wrapped around it. The cold temperature helps reduce the swelling around the area. 

After your treatment, you may notice some hair appearing on the skin. This isn’t new hair growth, but previously existing strands escaping the hair follicles. These typically appear 2 to 4 weeks after your treatment. You may shave, but avoid tweezing or plucking. Consult your specialist about the appropriate shaving cream or razor. Some variants may be harsh on some skin types. 

Finally, make sure to space out your additional laser treatments. Some people may need as many as 6 sessions to fully get rid of their unwanted body hair. These treatments should be at least 4 to 6 weeks apart to give the skin proper time to rest. You should avoid waxing in the middle of a laser treatment cycle.

Receive Effective Wellness Treatments at Ethos Spa

Having a reliable medical spa and wellness provider is important in achieving your aesthetic goals. You’ll need a reliable team of doctors and specialists who can answer any of your inquiries about these cosmetic procedures. At Ethos Spa, we’ve served thousands of New Jersey residents through injectables, body contouring, and hair removal procedures.

We’ll make sure to provide you with high-quality and effective treatments. If you have any questions about our services, feel free to give us a call at (908) 628-1916. A representative will be there to answer any inquiries. 

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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