Summer will be here before you know it. And that leaves you with a decision to make: Brazilian or bikini laser hair removal? Before you go to the clinic for your treatment, you may be asking yourself what the difference is between Brazilian and bikini laser hair removal. While your aesthetic clinician can discuss the exact area covered by each option, both laser hair removal processes get rid of unwanted hair in the pubic area.

In order to help you decide which option to choose, we’re here to give you the main differences between Brazilian and bikini laser hair removal.

Area Covered

While the two procedures ensure that you look great while you’re in your swim suit, the area covered by each option is different. The bikini line covers the area outside the panty line – the crease at the top of your thigh where your underwear would end. Most clinics can treat up to three inches beyond the line so that you can look flawless in underwear or in a bikini. Some women may also opt to have laser hair removal at the top of the pubic region and around the sides of the labia.

Brazilian laser hair removal, on the other hand, goes beyond the bikini line. This is the maxed out option if you wish to have greater coverage. This is a more popular approach, which includes removal of hair around the perianal area and the labia, making your skin completely bare.

In both cases, the laser hair removal treatment can be customized depending on your overall preferences.

Preparation and Post-Treatment

In both Brazilian and bikini laser hair removal, the preparation is the same. You will be asked to shave the area to remove any visible hair and prevent any hair burning. You may opt to do the shaving at home if you are not comfortable having another person do it for you.

Laser hair removal targets the rapidly dividing cells in the hair follicles. Since not all cells have the same life cycle, you will likely undergo several sessions of laser hair removal treatments. While regrowth is possible, the hair becomes thinner and fewer in number.

Is There a Difference in Pain?

Pain during Brazilian and bikini laser hair removal is more tolerable compared to hair removal by waxing. The sensation is a fast and immediate tingling as the beam of light brushes the skin. However, the pain during Brazilian laser hair removal may be more apparent especially if you go completely bare. The thinner skin and the denser nerves in the labia and perianal area may also make it more sensitive. This can often be the reason why some women prefer not to go with Brazilian laser hair removal. In any case, if you wish to be completely hair free down there, you can also ask for topical anesthesia to numb the area during the treatment.

For bikini laser hair removal, the pain is comparable to treatment on other areas of the skin. It can be tolerable even without the use of numbing creams.

Number and Duration of Each Session

The number and duration of sessions vary depending on the size of the area being treated. Overall, it may take up to six treatments or more before you start to see optimal results. Each session typically doesn’t take longer than 15 minutes, including the preparation time. This means that you can do it at anytime of the day — even on short breaks from work. After a session, there may be some redness in the area, which usually subsides within a day or two. 

Find out if Brazilian or Bikini Laser Hair Removal is Best for You

Preparing for your summer in the sun can mean getting rid of all that hair from your bikini line. After treatment with Brazilian or bikini laser hair removal, your skin will look flawless and spotless so you can stay confident in your bathing suit.

If you’d like to learn more about the difference between Brazilian and bikini treatments, contact Rocky Mountain Skin Care Clinic for a free consultation. We offer time-based packages that are customized to remove hair in your preferred areas. Call us today at (720) 625-8020.