Thinking of baring it all with an extended bikini laser, but not sure what it entails? At Ethos Spa, we’ve got all the details you need to determine if it’s right for you. Let us walk you through everything extended bikini laser hair removal has to offer.
Extended bikini laser hair removal is a more expansive treatment than regular bikini laser hair removal. It removes hair a few inches past the regular bikini line, extending further down the legs and closer to the pubic area.
The treatment covers 3-4 inches on the inner thighs around the panty line as well as going inside the panty line on the top and sides.
It removes hair that may show when wearing swimsuits or underwear but does not include the labia or all pubic hair like a Brazilian laser treatment.
During extended bikini laser hair removal, a laser emits pulses of highly concentrated light which targets the base of the hair follicles. The laser light gets absorbed by the pigment in the follicles and gets converted to heat energy, which damages the hair follicles.
This prevents the hair from growing back. The treatment usually takes about 10 minutes and 6 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart are needed for optimal results.
In preparation for extended bikini laser hair removal, you should avoid plucking, waxing or electrolysis for 6 weeks beforehand. The laser targets the hair follicle so it needs to be intact for the procedure to work.
You can shave in between sessions but should also avoid sun exposure or tanning which can reduce effectiveness. Before your appointment, the area should be shaved and clean.
During extended bikini laser hair removal, you will lie on a table while the technician applies a cold gel to the treatment area. As the laser glides over your skin, you may feel some warmth or mild pinpricks of pain from the laser pulses.
The procedure is not extremely painful but some discomfort can be felt, especially closer to the more sensitive genital regions. Dr. Soni will adjust settings and use cooling methods to maximize comfort.
Most people do not experience any significant side effects from extended bikini laser hair removal when performed by a trained professional.
After extended bikini laser hair removal, you may experience some redness or irritation for 24-48 hours. Use aloe vera gel and avoid hot baths or showers during this time.
Also, stay out of the sun and refrain from picking or scratching the area. After 5 days, you can exfoliate gently to prevent ingrown hairs. Always moisturize daily and avoid waxing or plucking between sessions.
You can expect to see a 10-25% reduction in hair growth after each session of extended bikini laser hair removal. Results continue to improve with each successive treatment.
Maintenance sessions may be needed in the future as hormone changes can cause some hair to grow back, but much finer and lighter than before. Just a few touch up sessions help keep the area smooth.
When it comes to bikini laser hair removal, you have choices. Here are the most popular styles our specialists can perform:
French bikini laser hair removal removes hair from the visible bikini line in front, as well as the sides of the bikini line creases between your upper thighs and outer pubic region.
French bikini laser hair removal has become a sought-after method for removing pubic hair in women. It uses precision laser technology to target and damage hair follicles in the bikini region, putting an end to future regrowth.
The name stems from the “French cut” style bikini line it creates. Compared to classic hair removal methods like shaving and waxing, our experience shows laser offers longer-lasting smoothness and prevents irritations like ingrown hairs.
The laser technology behind the process is called selective photothermolysis. the device releases pulses of bright light that interact with the dark pigment in your hair follicles. The melanin absorbs these light waves, converting them into heat energy.
This heat essentially inflicts thermal damage to the follicles, disrupting their ability to regenerate hair in the future. The advanced lasers used in our practice selectively target dark bikini hairs, without harming the surrounding skin.
Dr. Soni advises that multiple treatments spaced apart are typically needed to achieve optimal long-term hair reduction, as hairs continuously cycle through various growth phases.
During a French bikini laser session, our technicians will remove hair from your pubic mound, outer labia, and inner thighs, while leaving a small strip or triangle of hair intact on the pubic mound. The more intimate perineum and anal areas are not treated.
This makes it less extensive than a full Brazilian laser treatment. We customize the exact pattern according to your personal preferences.
Opting for French bikini laser hair removal offers a variety of advantages:
Laser hair removal is widely considered safe when carried out properly by a trained technician using appropriate protocols. However, some temporary side effects can occur in a minority of patients:
According to our extensive experience, most patients need 4-6 French bikini laser sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart to achieve optimal long-term hair reduction.
Some periodic maintenance may be required in the future as hormones naturally fluctuate over time. Any hair that manages to regrow after treatments will be noticeably finer and lighter.
Dr. Soni recommends his patients follow these preparation guidelines before undergoing their French bikini laser treatment:
During the quick French bikini laser procedure, cooling will be applied to maximize your comfort. Any minor pain felt is typically minimal.
Some post-treatment redness or swelling may arise but generally subsides within a few hours. Most patients can resume normal activities immediately after their session is complete.
Full bikini laser hair removal, also known as Brazilian laser hair removal, utilizes advanced laser technology to eliminate unwanted hair from the entire pubic region, including the outer labia, perineum between the genitals and anus, and buttocks.
The procedure involves Dr. Soni directing pulses of laser energy precisely at the hair follicles in the treatment area.
The laser light gets absorbed by the natural melanin pigment inside the hair itself, heating up the follicle and damaging it so that hair can no longer regrow.
Multiple treatments are required, typically 4-6 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart, in order to target hairs that are in different stages of the growth cycle. Each full bikini session takes around 10-15 minutes to perform.
Before treatment, Dr. Soni usually advises that the area must be freshly shaved and free of any irritation or inflammation. He may apply a topical anesthetic to help minimize discomfort.
During the procedure, the patient wears protective eye shields while the laser is pulsed repeatedly over the skin, often accompanied by a cooling spray or device to safeguard the surrounding skin.
Among the undeniable benefits of full bikini laser hair removal are:
According to clinical studies, potential side effects are generally mild and temporary, such as redness, swelling, and changes in pigmentation. Rare risks like burns or scarring can occur if proper protocols are not closely followed.
Studies show laser hair removal is an effective treatment for significantly reducing unwanted body hair. On average, 70-80% long-term hair reduction can be expected after 4-6 full bikini treatments.
While some periodic touch-up sessions may be needed, any regrowth is often much finer and lighter. It works best on coarse, dark hair. All skin types can be safely treated.
Bikini plus laser hair removal builds on a French bikini treatment. It removes hair from the front bikini line, the sides, some outer labia, and the upper edge of pubic hair growth extending above the bikini line.
So in addition to the French bikini pattern, a bikini plus also clears some of the lower abdominal and outer labia hair. This moderately extends the treatment while still leaving most pubic hair intact.
Deep bikini laser hair removal targets hair follicles across the entire pubic zone, not just the bikini line. This includes:
In contrast to regular bikini line laser hair removal, our experience shows deep bikini treatments cover a larger surface area and are more thorough. However, they achieve smoother, silkier results and longer-lasting hair removal across your entire intimate region.
The procedure for deep bikini laser hair removal resembles other laser protocols:
The main difference is that thong line hair removal only treats the sides and back of the bikini region, rather than the front bikini line. The following facts about the thong line procedure should give you an inkling of how to distinguish it from the latter:
The key difference is that bikini line treatments only remove hair from the bikini line itself, while full bikini laser hair removal clears all visible hair from the entire pubic region except a small strip or triangle shape.
Here’s a comparison table for your easy reference:
|Extent of Hair Removal
|Removes hair along bikini line, typically up to 3 inches beyond
|Removes all pubic hair, including labia, perianal region, inner buttocks
|Number of Sessions
|Mild to moderate discomfort
|Slightly more discomfort due to increased treatment area around sensitive genital regions
|Redness, irritation, swelling, sensitivity for a few days
|Higher risk of blistering, crusting, burns, scarring in delicate genital area with improper aftercare
|Those with contrasting dark coarse hair and fair skin
|Those willing to undergo a more invasive procedure for maximum hair removal
|Can tailor shape and landing strip
|Can customize shape left behind
|Bikini: $80-$350 per sessionTotal: $500-$4000
|Brazilian: $250-$550 per sessionTotal: $2000-$6600
|Touch up sessions every 6-12 months after initial course to maintain results
|Touch up sessions every 6-12 months after initial course to maintain
Bikini line treatments focus just on the narrow band of hair along the edges of bikini bottoms or underwear. Full bikini treatments extend hair removal across the entire pubic mound above the bikini line as well, for a fuller clearing of visible hair while still leaving some coverage.
Full bikini laser targets all visible pubic hair in the front pelvic triangle, including the labia, and around the bikini line. It removes hair up to where the “happy trail” ends, just below the navel, resulting in a smooth, hairless bikini area.
Extended bikini laser treats the bikini line plus an additional 3-4 inches on the upper inner thighs around the bikini line. It does not remove hair from the labia or mons pubis. The focus is treating thigh hair that may be exposed by high-cut swimsuits.
Here’s another comparison table:
|Front triangle area, labia, around bikini line
|Bikini line plus 3-4 inches on upper inner thighs around bikini line
|Up to where “happy trail” ends, below navel/abdomen
|Does not include mons pubis
|Completely smooth, hairless bikini area
|Leaves more coverage, not completely bare
|Accompanies Other Treatments
|May accompany Brazilian laser to treat thigh hair near bikini line
Full bikini laser hair removal treats the bikini line and mons pubis area. Brazilian laser hair removal removes all pubic hair, including the labia and between the buttocks, leaving only a strip or triangle shape if desired. Brazilian covers a larger area for complete hair removal.
Look no further than this table to know how the two compare to each other:
|Bikini Laser Hair Removal
|Brazilian Laser Hair Removal
|Bikini line only, including panty line and up to 3 inches beyond
|Entire pubic region including labia, perineum, and between buttocks
|Hair along bikini line
|All pubic hair removed, sometimes leaving a strip or triangle shape
|Number of Sessions
|Mild to moderate
|Moderate to high
|Lower due to smaller area treated
|Higher due to large area treated
|Long-lasting hair reduction along bikini line
|Permanent hair removal for entire pubic region
|Periodic touch-up sessions as needed
|More frequent touch-ups due to hormonal regrowth
Extended bikini laser hair removal goes beyond targeting only the narrow band of hair along standard bikini bottoms, extending clearance onto your thighs and toward your pubic triangle for a fuller reveal of soft, touchable skin.
We hope this inside look at the procedure and comparison to other treatments gave you the full picture. If you’re ready to uncover smooth, hairless skin that lasts for weeks, contact Ethos Spa today.
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