These days it’s not just about whether or not a hair removal treatment is effective; it’s also about the speed, longevity, comfort, and cost-efficiency of the hair removal procedures that potential patients consider. One of the most popular treatments these days is Brazilian laser hair removal. While some may rave about it, others may see it differently.
So what are the pros and cons of a full Brazilian laser hair removal? This procedure is fast, precise, long-lasting, and relatively painless. Meanwhile, some cons include getting dry skin or skin burns, needing multiple expensive sessions, and achieving temporary results but in long intervals. While there are no proven medical benefits to any hair removal procedure, getting a Brazilian is one of the ways many people can improve their look and ultimately, how they see themselves.
Getting a Brazilian is a matter of preference, but choosing the way to get rid of unwanted hair growth should be based on what’s practical for you. Take a look at the pros and cons of going completely bare down there with the help of laser treatment.
|Long-term hair removal. Laser hair removal isn’t permanent. After completing the recommended number of treatments, you’ll need maintenance treatments at least once every 2 years. |
Thinner, less dense hair. During your treatments, you may notice that pubic hair that sprouts (if any) are thinner and less dense than they normally are. Should you decide not to get maintenance sessions after completing your treatment plan, hair will eventually grow back, but much sparser than before.
Cost-effective hair removal. Although the sessions are more expensive than other methods, laser hair removal treatment may be more cost-effective in the long run. Brazilian waxing is cheaper, but the cost of waxing twice a month can eventually add up to be more expensive than a long-term solution like laser hair removal.
No ingrown hairs, razor burn, and rashes. Unlike shaving or waxing, laser hair removal doesn’t result in painful ingrown hairs or irritating razor burn and rashes.
Minimal maintenance. After your treatments, you’ll only have to worry about maintenance sessions once every two years. In comparison to waxing and shaving which should be done frequently to maintain a hairless pubic region, laser hair removal is the more practical solution.
Precision and speed. Lasers cover a lot of ground quickly while only affecting the hairs attached to follicles. Although there may be some redness and irritation after the treatment, lasers don’t damage your skin.
Less painful than waxing. Laser hair removal is less painful and has the same pain level as a rubber band hitting your skin. Prior to your session, a laser technician will apply a cooling gel and a topical anesthetic to make the process more comfortable. Given that you’re dealing with a sensitive area, this can be a much more comfortable option.
|Multiple treatments. You’ll need around 5 to 12 treatments before achieving the results you need for long-term hair reduction. These treatments are spread apart between 4 to 6 weeks. |
Not permanent. After completing your treatments, it’s possible for hair to grow back. To keep your follicles too damaged to grow hair, you’ll need to schedule maintenance treatments at least once every two years. It’s more convenient than waxing or shaving multiple times per month, but you might prefer a more permanent alternative.
Expensive sessions. Compared to Brazilian waxing services and other hair removal devices and products you can use at home, laser hair removal can be more expensive. One session can cost around $300 to $550. Since you’ll need around 5 to 12 sessions, expect to spend at least $1,500 up to $6,600 – on top of the maintenance sessions.
Older laser hair removal devices can be risky for patients with a darker skin tone. Laser hair removal works by targeting pigment, so patients with light skin and dark hair can receive treatment effectively. However, darker skin can also absorb laser heat, which can result in discoloration. To avoid this, make sure your provider has high-quality equipment.
May be less effective on patients with light-colored hair. Dark hair color can absorb laser light, convert it to heat, and destroy hair follicles by the root. Less powerful laser machines may provide patients with light-colored hair effective results.
Risk of skin burns. Patients need to shave their pubic hair the night before their treatment. Any hair beyond the skin can heat and cause burns on the skin. Don’t get a Brazilian wax at least two weeks before your treatment, since this removes hair from the root.
Dry skin side effects. One of the possible side effects of laser hair removal is your skin drying out. Moisturizing the treated area can reduce the effects of it.
Aside from getting laser hair removal, you have a number of DIY products and services from spas and aesthetic centers to choose from. To help you decide whether or not Brazilian laser hair removal is best for you, take a look at the alternative hair removal method types to remove pubic hair and weigh in their own pros and cons.
Shaving can be done at home. Arguably the cheapest hair removal option, you can get disposable razors in convenience stores and supermarkets. You can also get other shaving products like electric razors and depilatory cream to make the process easier.
|Affordable. You can get disposable razors for less than $15, while a bottle of shaving cream can go as low as $3. |
Fast. You can simply shave during or after you shower. Shaving can take less than 10 minutes.
Convenient. You don’t have to prepare or schedule since it’s a quick process.
|Prone to cuts, razor burns, and ingrown hair. Since you’re working with a blade, there’s a risk of cutting the skin. This can be painful, especially near sensitive areas. You’re also prone to razor hair, bristles, and ingrown hair. |
Faster hair growth. You aren’t removing hair from the roots, so it can sprout back quickly. To maintain a clean shave, you’ll need to shave multiple times per week.
Can’t reach all areas. You might not be able to reach all areas like your butt strip and your anus using a razor.
Waxing can also be done at home or in a salon, but for best results, it’s better to have a professional do it. Waxing involves a variety of substances that can cling onto your hair and then pull them out from the roots. Waxing is a popular alternative, especially for getting a bikini wax or Brazilian wax.
|Can be done at home or in a salon. You can buy products like wax strips, cold wax, or a waxing kit, or you can opt to have it done by a professional. |
Done once a month. On average, people get Brazilian waxes every three to four weeks. It’s not as hands-off as laser hair removal, but it’s less labor-intensive than shaving.
No razor burn. Waxing doesn’t result in razor burn since it doesn’t irritate your skin the same way as shaving.
|More painful than laser hair removal. Lasers simply heat up hair follicles, while waxing rips a group of hairs from their follicles. Brazilian waxing affects sensitive areas more intensely due to its direct contact to the skin and its larger coverage. |
You need to grow it out. Rather than keeping pubic hair from growing out, you’ll need to grow out your hair at least a quarter of an inch long for your next Brazilian wax.
Costs pile up over time. Wax isn’t reusable after a session, so whether you do it at home or at a salon, the costs may be impractical if you’re looking at it long-term.
A relatively new method in the market, electrolysis can be used for hair removal by using electric currents to destroy your hair follicle. This can only be done by a professional.
|Permanent hair reduction. Electrolysis is the only FDA-approved procedure that can offer permanent hair removal. |
No risk of hyperpigmentation. Electrolysis only treats the hair follicle, so it’s good for all skin types and hair colors.
Long-term cost-effective option. Although it requires more treatments than laser hair removal, electrolysis doesn’t require maintenance.
|More treatments required. You may need up to 30 treatments done every week or every other week, compared to laser hair treatment that only needs up to 12 treatments. |
Involves needles. A thin needle will be inserted into your hair follicle to send electric currents to damage the roots.
Sessions are longer. Your electrologist will have to treat each hair shaft individually, compared to laser hair removal that can cover multiple hairs at the same time.
A full Brazilian laser treatment is an excellent alternative to traditional hair removal procedures that are most likely painful, and entail so many side effects that you don’t actually have to deal with. Many people feel more confident with smooth and hair-free skin, and what better way to do this than with a safe, effective, painless, and low maintenance procedure like a Brazilian laser hair removal.
Ethos Spa Skin & Laser Center offers state-of-the-art aesthetic treatments to help you get the clear, smooth, and hair-free skin that you’ve always dreamed of. Our Brazilian laser hair removal treatment is the best you can find in the area. It’s time to look and feel your best today. Book an appointment or visit our website to find more about our other treatments and services.