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How Long Should I Avoid Shaving After Laser Hair Removal?

How Long Should I Avoid Shaving After Laser Hair Removal?

Laser Hair Removal is a popular and effective method for achieving long-term hair reduction. It offers the promise of smooth, hair-free skin without the daily hassle of shaving, waxing, or plucking. However, to get the best results from your Laser Hair Removal sessions, it’s important to follow post-treatment guidelines. One common question that arises is, “How long should I avoid shaving after Laser Hair Removal?” In this article, we will explore the answer to this question and provide valuable insights into the Post-Laser Hair Removal care routine.

Understanding Laser Hair Removal

Avoid shaving after Laser Hair Removal

Before diving into post-treatment care, it’s essential to have a basic understanding of how Laser Hair Removal works. During the procedure, a concentrated beam of light is directed into the hair follicles. The pigment in the hair follicles absorbs this light, which then damages the follicles, inhibiting future hair growth. However, not all hair follicles are in the same growth phase at the same time. This is why multiple sessions are typically required to target all follicles effectively.

Post-Treatment Guidelines

Once you’ve undergone a Laser Hair Removal session, it’s crucial to follow specific guidelines to ensure optimal results and minimize potential side effects. One of the primary concerns post-treatment is when you can resume shaving.

Immediate Post-Treatment Period

Right after your Laser Hair Removal session, your skin may be sensitive and slightly inflamed. Avoid shaving immediately, and allow your skin to recover for at least 24-48 hours. During this time, your skin needs to heal, and you should refrain from any activities that could irritate it, including shaving.

Between Sessions

If you’ve undergone multiple laser hair removal sessions, it’s important to stop shaving in the targeted area before your next appointment. Typically, you should avoid shaving for about 2-4 weeks leading up to your next session. This allows the laser to effectively target the hair follicles without interference from freshly shaved hairs.

After the Final Session

After completing your recommended number of Laser Hair Removal sessions, you will notice a reduction in hair growth. However, it’s essential to remember that some hair may still regrow, albeit much finer and lighter. You can resume shaving once the treated area has fully healed and you notice hair regrowth. This can take several weeks to a few months, depending on your individual response to the treatment.

Maintenance Shaving

Even after your Laser Hair Removal treatment is complete, you may occasionally need to shave any fine, light hairs that might regrow. This is usually done at longer intervals compared to your pre-treatment shaving routine.


Laser Hair Removal is a highly effective method for achieving long-lasting hair reduction. However, it’s important to follow post-treatment guidelines to ensure the best possible results. When it comes to shaving after Laser Hair Removal, patience is key. 

Allow your skin to recover immediately after each session, avoid shaving before subsequent sessions, and be prepared for longer intervals between shaves after completing your treatment. Always consult with an experienced professional to get personalized advice tailored to your specific needs and skin type. With proper care and patience, you’ll soon enjoy the benefits of smoother, hair-free skin.


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This blog post was medically reviewed by Dr. Ian Tan