Summer is on its way. Fast. You’ve toned your body through a healthy diet and exercise regimen that you enjoy and can maintain. You’ve put the finishing touches on your figure with laser liposuction to remove excess, resistant fat. You’d look fantastic in a bikini, if it weren’t for …
… Unwanted hair around the edges of your swim suit. The beautiful, fashionable suit that shows off your legs and abs also reveals straggling, shaggy, bikini-line hair.
Shaving is uncomfortable and leaves dark dots that mar the look of your skin. Depilatories do the same. Waxing is painful. And expensive. And it’s all so time-consuming.
If you’ve ever wished you could just whisk away the unwanted hair around your bikini line, you’ve probably considered permanent hair removal with laser therapy. If so, you may soon join the approximately 1.1 million women and men who successfully undergo laser hair removal each year in the US, trading in razors and creams for smooth and hair-free skin.
But how can you be sure that laser hair removal is the best procedure for you? Will the laser work on your skin and hair type? Is the hair really permanently gone? Does the laser hurt? And is the process too expensive?
If you’re considering las vegas cosmetic surgery or laser hair removal, Dr. Julio Garcia, an expert plastic surgeon in Las Vegas, offers a few tips to get you started on ridding yourself of your unsightly bikini hairs for good.
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Your hair grows in cycles. Laser hair removal works best at the earliest growth stage of your hair. The heat from the laser targets the melanin in your hair shaft, destroying the hair and damaging the follicle so that it can’t grow another hair. Either immediately or within a couple of weeks, the hair falls out.
The hairs on your body are all at different stages of growth. You need at least six sessions of laser hair removal, spaced about two to four weeks apart, to catch and zap each of the unwanted hairs when it’s in its early growth stage.
After your first session, you’ll see about a 10% to 25% reduction in your unwanted hair. If you start your hair-removal now with an expert plastic surgeon in Las Vegas , you’ll have significantly less hair around your bikini line by bikini time.
Works on All Skin Types and Shades
You may be concerned that your sensitive, dark skin may become hyperpigmented when exposed to the laser’s heat. Dr. Garcia performs permanent hair removal with a state-of-the-art laser and adjusts the laser’s settings based on your skin type according to the Fitzpatrick scale.h He also focuses the laser to target the deeper pigment in your hair shaft and follicle.
The laser’s energy destroys the hair while leaving your skin unmarred. You may have some redness and swelling after your treatment, but that resolves within a few days.
One caveat: You may have heard that laser hair-removal doesn’t work on blond hairs. This is true if the hair has too little pigment for the laser to focus on. However, hairs that are this light are rarely visible anyway, as they also tend to be quite fine.
It’s important to work with an expert medical professional when considering laser hair-removal. Dr. Garcia evaluates the melanin in both your skin and your unwanted hairs to ensure that the laser is adjusted optimally and that you’ll benefit from the treatment.
Laser Hair Removal Stings for a Sec
If you’ve endured the agony of having your bikini line waxed, you’ll appreciate that removing bikini line hair does cause some discomfort, due to the coarseness of the hairs and the sensitivity of skin in that area. Before your session, your aesthetic professional may apply a numbing cream to your bikini line area. After about 30 minutes, you’re ready for your treatment.
While Dr. Garcia or a member of his aesthetic team targets each unwanted hair individually with the laser’s energy, you may feel a slight sensation of warmth. However, the laser applicator contains a cooling element that ensures your skin is never overheated.
The laser pulses may feel like sharp stings. Some patients compare the sensation to that of being snapped with a rubber band.
If you’re extremely sensitive to pain or discomfort, Dr. Garcia may recommend taking an over-the-counter nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication (NSAID). However, most patients do not need this.
After your 10- to 20-minute session is over, you control any redness or swelling by icing the area according to Dr. Garcia’s instructions. You can return to your daily activities right away.
Permanent Hair Removal, With Maintenance
After your sixth and final hair-removal session, your bikini line will be silky smooth and hair free. The hairs that were killed in their early growth stage won’t grow back. However, after about six months to a year, you may notice some slight regrowth. Dr. Garcia recommends getting laser maintenance treatments every six to 18 months, depending on your individual needs.
Men and Women Benefit from Bikini Line Hair Removal
Bikini-line hair removal isn’t just for women. Men who wear short swim wear or athletic wear, or who just want to look well groomed, can benefit from throwing their body razors away. Dr. Garcia can also use the laser to resolve ingrown hairs and other hair-related problems on your face, neck, and other areas of your body.
Cost- and Time-Effective
When you consider the expense of razors, shave cream, depilatories, and salon waxing, laser hair removal becomes a more cost-effective option.
Permanent laser hair removal also saves you time. Instead of spending up to 10 minutes shaving every few days, or heading to the salon every month, you’ll only need to visit Dr. Garcia once or twice a year once you’ve completed your laser hair-removal cycle.
You can make your bikini-hair removal even more cost- and time-effective by asking Garcia to remove other areas of unwanted hair. You can permanently remove hair from both your face and body, including:
- Mustache area
- Back and shoulders
When you’re considering las vegas cosmetic surgery or permanent bikini hair removal with a high-tech laser, be sure to find an expert. Dr. Garcia is happy to meet with you for a bikini hair-removal consultation.