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Bikini laser hair removal – what you need to know


Bikini season is officially here and the last thing you should worry about is hair and the unsightly skin irritation, ingrown hairs, bumps, and redness that results from shaving or waxing. Bikini laser hair removal is an option that can help you look your best on the beach or by the pool.

What is bikini laser hair removal?

Bikini laser hair removal is a noninvasive technique that concentrates light through an energy source so that is absorbed by the pigment or color within the hair follicle. This damages the follicle and can prevent regrowth of hair or cause thinning or lightening of hair.

Who is a good candidate for bikini laser hair removal?

Laser hair treatment works best with dark-colored hair. Blonde or white hair, unfortunately, lack the pigment or color necessary for the laser to target making it an ineffective treatment. Skin color also plays a role in the specific laser that is used. This can be discussed and evaluated with your board-certified plastic surgeon. Finally, it is important to not have any rashes, infections, or open wounds during the treatment period. The use of previous Accutane and electrolysis can also affect treatment. Active tans may be a concern, as well, depending on the specific technology that is used.

What should you expect with bikini laser hair removal?

Treatment usually requires 4-6 separate sessions at 3-6 week intervals. This is necessary in order to ensure that the hair follicle is treated during the specific time point in its growth cycle. Hair removal results in a hair reduction. An appropriate response after laser hair removal for the bikini area would involve thinner, lighter hair and an 80% reduction in hair. Results may also not be permanent. It is not uncommon to require maintenance treatments once or twice a year.

Visit a board-certified plastic surgeon today to discuss bikini laser hair removal and get one step closer to that bikini ready body you’ve always dreamed of.


The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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