Hair removal before a tattoo or scar.

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Thursday October 30th, 2008 @ 9:40 PM

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Hello! I have a quick question.

I plan on starting a large tattoo project on my leg in a few months. What’s the best way to remove the hair from the area beforehand?

I’d rather get it waxed, but would that interfere with the tattoo healing at all? If waxing is ok, what’s the best amount of time to do it before the tattoo work begins?

What about in between tattooing sessions? They’ll be about 4 weeks apart.

I may also be getting a scarification done on or near the pubic area at some point down the road. Would waxing be ok in that case too?


Waxing can cause a lot of trauma to the skin which can be bad for tattoo application.
Your best bet would be to consult with your artist. My artists request that you leave the hair removal process to them in the case of low-hair-concentrated areas (like backs, upper arms, etc)
but surfaces like pubic areas, armpits, lower arms and legs may stand for a gentle at-home shaving as per your regular regime to avoid cuts and razor burn the night before your appointment.

Remember not to use any aftershaves, creams/lotions, numbing agents or go tanning for at least 24 hours prior either.

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4 Responses to “Hair removal before a tattoo or scar.”

  1. You could have a laser hair removal treatment prior to tattoo application. Because hair grows in cycles you will not ever notice a decrease in your hair long term but you will be hair free for several weeks, plenty of time to allow the tattoo to heal properly. Waxing will be a solution for a few days and then the hair will begin to grow into the tattoo and you have a greater chance of a poor healing and higher risk of infection. I am a laser specialist (Laser Tattoo Removal and Laser Hair Removal) and I have done several treatments for that exact purpose. you can check out our website for hair removal info at or When you look for a technician make sure your laser practitioner meets all of the qualifications on the 1800laserhair website. You don’t want to have any problems some unqualified techs can cause problems.

    nancy on November 4th, 2008 at 12:29 pm
  2. The thing with laser treatments is that you’d want to have positive results before the tattoo is done and sometimes laser removal can take several sessions before hair stops growing back.
    You cannot laser over an area with tattoo pigment as it takes out the tattoo in the area.

    Lexci on November 7th, 2008 at 1:01 pm
  3. FWIW, there’s an experience in BME/Hard somewhere which describes deliberately using COMPLETE laser hair removal well in advance of a tattoo session with success. Depending on the placement/hair in the area and the piece, it may be worth the $ and wait.

    redeye on November 10th, 2008 at 1:26 am
  4. Okay science aenswr:You grow in at least 80% of your hair during puberty. When you have laser hair removal the hairs it kills will never grow again. But you still have up to 20% of your normal thickness that will grow in throughout the rest of your life. So people get touch up sessions every 3-5 years after their big 6 treatments. You need about 6 treatments, one each 2 months for a year, because the hair grows in different stages and it can only kill hair in the active growth stage. The laser works by targeting dark color (the hair follicle) and passing through light color (the skin) the hair and skin have to be very different shades of color for the hair to work. The darker and coarser the hair and lighter the skin, the better results you will have.Okay Personal Experience:I’ve had 2 out of my 6 treatments so far. It HURTS! It’s like being poked with a sewing needle over and over, but it’s not as painful as a tattoo, and that’s not as painful as childbirth, maybe that can put the pain in perspective for you =) I’ve had my legs, underarms, and bikini area done. When you get your bikini area done they do ALL of it! Including spreading your butt and vaginal lips apart to laser all the cracks It’s sorta awkward. After the 2 treatments I’ve had so far I’ve lost about 60% of leg hair, 40% bikini hair, and 25% underarms hair. It’s because the underarms hair is the thinnest and the leg hair is the coarsest. But the legs are the most painful. The more it hurts the better it works.I spent this much for 6 treatments in each area:Bikini-$ 750Underarms-$ 750Legs (toes to bikini)-$ 2,500Email me if you have any more questions about it!

    Tesi on November 22nd, 2012 at 9:41 pm

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