Laser hair removal is very safe and effective. Shaving, waxing, and other temporary solutions for unwanted hair can be time-consuming, tedious, and even painful. For many men and women, laser hair removal is about convenience and cosmetics.
Although most people feel comfortable talking about laser hair removal for the legs, underarms, back, and other common areas, it’s a whole different story when it comes to removing hair “down there.” Unsurprisingly, lots of people who are interested in lasering this area feel a little shy about asking questions.
First, you should know that it’s totally normal to want hair reduction along the bikini line or even to want a full Brazilian. It’s a common procedure that eliminates the need for expensive and painful bikini waxes, so there’s no reason to be ashamed if you’ve been thinking about it.
We know it’s difficult to reach out to a stranger with your most intimate questions. For that reason, we’ve put together some top tips and answers to the most common question to help you learn more about the procedure before you make a consultation appointment. Here’s what you need to know about removing hair “down there” for good!
Yes, It’s Safe
Anyone who wants to get laser hair removal is screened carefully during a pre-treatment consultation to ensure that they are a good candidate. This is to help reduce any potential complications and to promote good results.
Today’s lasers are very safe and gentle. Complications are rare, and reputable providers take every precaution to prevent skin injury. An experienced technician will be able to reduce risks and provide excellent results.
It May Not Be As Painful As You Think
Lots of patients are worried about how painful laser treatments might be, especially if they have never gotten a wax. The good news is that it’s not as painful as you might think, especially if you’re just getting the bikini line lasered.
Larger areas will take longer and will be more uncomfortable. But most people don’t need numbing cream or any other type of anesthetic before or after the treatment. The area may be a little red and irritated immediately after each session, but this should subside quickly.
…Unless You’re On (Or Near) Your Period
Although laser hair removal doesn’t usually hurt much, you can be more sensitive to the laser sensations (similar to the snapping of an elastic band against your skin) if you’re on your period or about to be on it. Everyone is different, but some women find the treatment to be more uncomfortable during menstruation.
If you’re worried about sensitivity, try scheduling your sessions during a different part of your cycle. It’s okay to get treated during your period, though, as long as you’re using a tampon or cup.
It’s Easy to Avoid Hyperpigmentation
Laser hair removal doesn’t require any downtime, but it does require that you keep the lasered area out of the sun before and after each treatment to prevent hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). In that respect, lasering the bikini area is more convenient than other areas of the body, because it’s not usually exposed to sunlight.
You don’t have to avoid any of your favorite activities. You can get your treatments in the summer and still enjoy time at the beach or pool. Just be sure to apply sunblock, especially to lasered areas that will be exposed to the sun, like your swimsuit line.
You’ll Notice Fewer Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs are painful and very common in the bikini area. It’s annoying to shave your bikini line for a smooth appearance, only to have little red bumps appear. After just a few laser treatments though, you’re likely to notice a major reduction in ingrown hairs—permanently!
You Can Get As Much (Or As Little) Off As You Want
Laser hair removal in the bikini area is very customizable. You can have everything taken off, from your inner thighs all the way to your butt for a full Brazilian, you could just get your bikini line treated, or something in between! It’s all up to you.
Be Prepared For a Long Process
Laser hair removal is not a quick fix. Hair all over the body grows in phases, and it’s not possible to deactivate all the follicles at once. Usually, you’ll need at least 5-6 treatments, spaced 1-2 months apart, for good results. This means you’ll need to spread out your appointments over at least 8-12 months. It’s a long process, but most patients are thrilled with their final results!
Touchups Might Be Necessary
Laser hair removal is considered to be permanent, but you might not be able to get rid of all the hair in the bikini area. Touch-ups may be needed if you want to get rid of the few hairs that remain after the initial series. Otherwise, you can just shave or pluck them. It’s your choice and your technician can help you decide on the best treatment plan for your needs.
Don’t Be Embarrassed!
It’s a tall order not to be embarrassed when you come in for hair removal in the bikini and genital area. But remember, laser technicians do this for a living and aren’t embarrassed one bit! They’ll do their best to put you at ease and help you to feel less self-conscious. Over the course of your treatment, you’re likely to even become friends with your aesthetician.
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, TX. Our friendly, professional, and experienced staff will happily answer all of your questions and help you feel relaxed and comfortable. If you’d like to schedule a private laser hair consultation, give us a call at (281) 810-9083 today!