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All About Bikini Laser Hair Removal

Updated on January 9, 2015

Smooth Bikini Area

The Other Hair Removal Methods

Shaving, plucking, waxing, these are all great ways to remove hair, but when you grow tired of the constant maintenance required to keep your bikini area clear of stray hair, you might want to consider trying bikini laser hair removal.  With shaving, plucking and waxing, most people will experience a certain amount of discomfort and ingrown hairs.  Ingrown hairs can be very painful and may lead to infection if they are not dealt with in a timely manner.  This usually involves piercing or squeezing the bump and extracting the hair from under the skin.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

Obviously, the hair that grows in the bikini area is thicker and darker than most hair on your body.  One good reason to consider bikini laser hair removal is that hair removal laser methods are designed to target, specifically, melanin.  What is melanin?  It is the pigment that gives hair a specific color, and by targeting this chromophore, you will finally achieve the results you are looking for in the reduction of hair growth.

Bikini laser hair removal works optimally with course dark hair, and has been used in mainstream hair removal clinics since around the late nineties.  Although this procedure is promoted as “permanent” hair removal, it can take three to eight treatments to fully remove all trace of hair.  Many people experience long term reduction of hair growth and it may take up to 12 weeks for any hair to fully regrow in the treatment area.  This mostly depends upon your hair color, the location the treatment occurred in and the type of laser used.

These treatments are most effective on hair follicles that are actively growing hairs, and the frequency of the treatments can largely depend upon the point in the cycle that the hair is in, whether actively growing or not.  This means that several treatments are needed to kill the hair and the follicle for all phases of growth.  Bikini laser hair removal is not very effective for fine hair (peach fuzz) or light colored hair, which are more much effectively treated with electrolysis.

Laser is in short, a pure form of light that utilizes one wavelength.  The higher the wavelength, the deeper it penetrates into the skin and the hair follicle.  The wavelength of the laser is absorbed into the hair follicle, which then heats up and destroys the structure of the hair within the follicle.  This destruction of a structure within the skin does not generally affect any other structures within the skin.

The side effects of laser hair removal include redness in the immediate area, some swelling and itching, but these side effects generally subside after about three days.  Bikini laser hair removal can be mildly uncomfortable, due to the hair follicle being surrounded with nerve endings.   Most clinics will use lidocaine or some other type of cream which is applied up to 30 minutes prior to any procedure.  This cream will numb the treatment area, to eliminate this discomfort in order to make the treatment more tolerable around this very sensitive area. 

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