The bikini line can be a difficult area to maintain, especially during swimsuit season. Waxing is a popular way to remove unwanted hair and there are various bikini wax styles to choose from. Unfortunately, most types of bikini wax can really hurt. Laser hair removal treatments limit maintenance and keep your skin looking smooth and flawless with very little discomfort, no matter how itsy-bitsy your bikini. There are a few different options for laser hair removal of the bikini line and the right one for you will depend on your own personal preferences. Let's explore the bikini area!
bikini line laser hair removal options:
- Regular Bikini - this is the least extensive and removes only hair that might not be covered by a classic-style bikini bottom. Think tidying up your panty line. Typically that’s the inner thigh, sides of your thighs, and possibly, hair just below your belly button.
- Brazilian - this is the most extensive style and removes all the hair in your pubic/genital area, including between the buttocks. This is the most popular technique worldwide, perhaps because it leaves you completely hair-free no matter what undergarments or swimwear you choose.
- Australian - this bikini line option leaves some hair, sometimes called a “landing strip,” but removes all other hair down under, both in the genital area and between the buttocks.
no more waxing with bikini laser hair removal
Waxing is the most common method of achieving bikini hair removal. Warm wax is applied to the unwanted hair, then when it has cooled and hardened, it is peeled off quickly, ripping the hairs out by the roots. The hair grows back in around two to four weeks. You can endure waxing to achieve many bikini wax styles, but yikes – the pain! And the endless cycle of growing-out and re-waxing could be enough to say no more!
Laser hair removal is much less painful and virtually permanent. That’s not to say there is zero discomfort associated with laser treatments. Most patients say it feels something like being snapped with a rubber band. Although we usually describe the results as permanent, it is possible for a few hairs to grow back over time.
begin laser hair removal treatment ahead of summer
It takes more than one treatment session to achieve full coverage with laser hair removal. That’s because the laser targets and kills active follicles and hair grows in cycles. We usually recommend at least five treatment sessions to ensure we are able to treat all the hairs as they are in active growth stage.
Treatments are typically scheduled about a month apart, which is why getting a head start is important if you want to be bikini-ready by summer.
is bikini line laser hair removal right for you?
Lasers use pinpoint beams of intense heat to target hair follicles. It is easiest for the laser to “see” follicles if there is strong contrast between the follicles and surrounding tissue. So typically, lasers work best if you have dark hair and light skin, but not well if you have very fair skin and pale color hair. However, recent advances in technology have given us an array of options and greater control when it comes to laser equipment. So the technique is both safe and effective for people with a wide range of skin tones and hair colors.
Whether or not laser hair removal is a good option for you depends on many personal factors, including your skin and aesthetic goals. Few skin treatment options are more personal than bikini laser hair removal. Scheduling a private consultation will help you understand the pros and cons in your case, then you can focus on deciding just what type of bikini style you want.