Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt on the Bikini Line?
Laser hair removal should not hurt when you are having your bikini line treated, it should feel slightly uncomfortable at times but you should not feel intense pain. How laser feels on the bikini line really depends on the person having treatment, there are a number of different factors that affect how laser feels, hair colour, hair density, skin type, and pain threshold all influence how the treatment will feel. Some people who are extremely sensitive or people who have very strong, coarse, dark hairs may feel slightly uncomfortable during their first few laser treatments but after 2-3 sessions, this sensation decreases dramatically. This is because hairs will become thinner and lighter each time a laser session is performed. Medical grade lasers now have advanced cooling systems that help to minimise any discomfort during your session.
How does laser actually feel on the bikini area?
Laser on the bikini line feels like a series of small hot pulses of energy over the skin when the laser session begins the first few pulses may feel a little sharp but over the duration of your session, they do get easier to manage this is because your body becomes accustomed to the feeling over time. The more treatments you have the more the heat sensation will decrease as a finer, lighter hair will absorb less energy than a thicker, stronger one. Throughout your session, it is important that you feel comfortable, if you are feeling too much heat from the laser it is important that you let your therapist know so that the laser can be set to a more comfortable setting for you.
Our rule of thumb is on a pain scale of 1-10 you should feel about a 5. You should feel a slightly warm bearable pinch, remember you are the one experiencing the treatment so it is important that you are in control, laser machines have settings for a reason so don’t be afraid to let your therapist know exactly how you are feeling. The vast majority of people say it’s the anticipation and thought of it which is the worst part, the actual treatment itself is fine. If you have had a bikini wax or used an epilator in the past then the feeling of laser will be familiar to you as they are slightly similar in ways.
How long does a session of laser hair removal take on the bikini area?
The time it takes to perform a laser session on your bikini depends on how much hair you are removing. A basic bikini takes approx. 10 minutes and a Brazilian or Hollywood bikini takes approx. 20 minutes.
Is there anything that you can do before your bikini laser session to minimise pain?
- Shave the day/night before your session
- Avoid caffeine before your treatment
- Take a mild pain reliever. (Not Ibuprofen)
- Try to schedule treatment the week before or the week after your period
- Most importantly, Relax, you’re in safe hands.
If you are nervous or unsure about the pain aspect of this treatment, talk to us. Our consultations and patch tests are completely free of charge and when you come to see us for this appointment we can discuss your concerns and let you feel what the sensation of laser actual feels like when we perform a small patch test on your bikini. We understand that is a daunting experience for some people but it is nothing to be afraid of, over the last number of years cooling devices on our lasers have dramatically improved meaning treatments are more comfortable than ever before.
It can’t hurt to try, you will be pleasantly surprised at what you will feel, contact us to find out how laser REALLY feels.