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Does Brazilian laser hair removal hurt?

Hair down there is the worst. Shaving takes forever and requires advanced shower yoga to get everything. Waxing is essentially the most terrifying thing you’ll ever experience. Not that lying on a waxing table naked and afraid isn’t fun, but something about getting hot wax poured on my lady parts and ripping out the hair follicles just isn’t my thing.

Like the underarms, laser hair removal tends to be more painful along the bikini line. It’s said to feel similar to waxing, but the difference is that laser removal takes longer. However, you might find the discomfort worth the long-term results.

How does it work?

Laser hair removal uses a concept called selective photothermolysis. The laser will produce energy using a set wavelength and pulse duration with a specific objective. The goal here is to reduce hair growth by damaging the hair follicle without damaging surrounding skin tissues.

During a laser hair removal session, the laser will target the pigments in the body hair. The light energy will then travel all the way down the hair to the follicle. There, the light will turn into thermal energy and cauterize the blood vessel feeding the follicle. No fuel, no growth. The hair follicle must be permanently damaged to offer satisfactory results.

One session will treat up to 20% of the body hair on the chosen area. This is because of the hair growth cycle. Laser hair removal only works when the hair and follicle are connected, allowing the energy to travel from the former to the latter. This only happens with hair in the anagen phase of growth. And unfortunately, only 20% of your hair is in this phase at any point in time.

Depending on your skin color, hair type and coarseness, genetics, past hair removal history, and medication, you may need additional sessions. The Brazilian is a very hormonal area and therefore will need more sessions than for other areas.

Is the treatment painful?

A huge misconception running around about laser hair removal is that it is painful. We have debunked that myth already. Laser hair removal is not painful. It is not painless either. Indeed, the sensations felt will first vary from one person to another because of their tolerance to pain.

Beyond that, laser hair removal feels like a rubber band snapping at the skin very briefly and quickly. It can also be compared to the sting of a mosquito. It may not be comfortable but it is not painful. However, the pubic area is much more sensitive than other areas of the body.

Thus, Brazilian laser hair removal, although not painful per se and in the stricter sense of the term, is a bit more uncomfortable than other areas. This is due to the fact that it is naturally more sensitive and that the hair is thicker and coarser. This may again depend on how tolerant you are to pain.

Who can get Brazilian laser hair removal?

It’s suitable for almost all skin types and hair colors. Putting it in simple terms, as long as your hair has enough color to absorb the light, you can get laser hair removal. People who have fair skin and dark hair are the best candidates and will get the best results since the laser doesn’t work on blond, red, grey, and white hair. The results on fine hair may also not be as good as those on thick hair. The darker and thicker the hair, the better the result will be. Brazilian laser hair removal is not just for females – men can also get laser hair removal on any part of their body. Laser hair removal is hygienic, effective, and yields permanent results.

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