Is It Safe to Laser the Bikini Area?

are there any dangers/side effects? how painful is it? is it safe if i use a lot of numbing cream for every session? how long will it take to finish the whole area? any other information would be helpful thanks!

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Laser hair Removal for Bikini Area for men and Women

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Laser hair Removal on the bikini area for men and women CAN be safe. In My Raleigh, NC laser hair removal center, we perform thousands of laser treatments each month. Bralzilian Bikini laser hair removal is popular with men and women The wrong laser for your skin type, or IPL may result in a burn of the skin. It is important to select a physician with multiple lasers so light and dark skin can be treated.  Experience also matters when selecting a laser hair removal provider. Take your time and do your homework

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Laser Hair Removal for Bikini Area

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Laser hair removal can be very safe for removing unwanted hair in the bikini area.  It is vital to choose an experienced provider who has a laser to work with your skin type.  Typically, patients need 5 treatments to experience an 85% improvement in the thickness, amount, and texture of the treated hair.  Treatments are performed monthly.  Most patients receive 9-11 treatments to obtain maximal results and may still require touch up treatments over time.  Remember, laser hair removal is not permanent.  
Our office uses a laser that causes very little discomfort, so numbing cream is not typically needed.  The bikini area can typically be treated in less than 15 minutes.  Your provider should offer a thorough consultation and answer any questions you have regarding the procedure.  Best of luck!  When performed properly, laser hair removal is an excellent solution for unwanted bikini hair.

Kent V. Hasen, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

It's Safe To Laser Bikini Area

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Assuming you are referring to laser hair removal, it is quite safe to laser the bikini area.  If your skin is dark, make sure you find a provider that has a laser safe for darker skin.  It usually takes 6-8 treatments to see permanent hair reduction.  It is okay to use numbing cream at the treatment site before the procedure to minimize pain if you are concerned.  Just be sure it is thoroughly removed before the procedure.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Laser Hair Removal Bikini Area

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Yes it is safe to do laser hair removal in the bikini area.  This is one of the most common areas we treat and it does very well because the hair in this area tends to be coarse and dark (and that is the type of hair that responds best to laser hair removal). Expect to do at least 5 or 6 treatments spaced at least one month apart. Expect excellent results, but not perfection (you will not get rid of every last hair, but you will get dramatic improvement).

Todd Minars, MD
Miami Dermatologist
3.5 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Laser hair removal in bikini region

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It is safe and very common place to have laser hair removal in the bikini area as well as other areas of your upper and lower legs. It is best to avoid the sun immediately before and after treatment, however.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Laser hair removal for the bikini area

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Laser hair removal for the bikini area is commonly done without any problems. The area is not very large so numbing cream can be safely applied although there is a risk, rarely, of allergic reactions to any type of cream.  There is a risk though, in all patients undergoing bikini laser hair removal of hyperpigmentation (darkening) which is usually temporary but can take months to fade and hypopigmentation or lightening that can be permanent. Depending on your skin type and color, the laser energy settings may be modified to minimize this risk. Test spots can be done firs to see what the best settings for your skin are.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Safe to laser bikini area - might need 2 lasers

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Yes it is generally safe to laser the bikini area.  An area that has not seen sun exposure will likely do well with the Alexandrite laser, while any sun -exposed area will need to be treated with the Yag laser.

Although the Alexandrite is usually the ideal laser for this area, you want to be sure it does not stray onto any tanned could be quite uncomfortable - especially in the area we are discussing.

Chris Peers MD

Christopher J. Peers, MD
South Bend Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Bikini laser hair removal is safe and effective!

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Absolutely, you can have laser hair removal of the entire bikini area (just a bit or even a "brazilian").  Different lasers may be used, but the most common and effective for lighter skin types with dark hair is the alexandrite laser.  You can expect to need 5-8 sessions spaced about 6-8 weeks apart.  You can use numbing cream prior to each treatment, if you like, but it's not terribly painful.  A full brazilian bikini session might take as long as an hour to complete. 

Carmen Kavali, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

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