Having hair down there is natural and nothing to be ashamed of. However, there are many adults who feel more comfortable and confident having little to no hair present in their pubic region. That’s why Brazilian hair removal is a popular choice for both men and women looking to get rid of unwanted hair in their nether regions.
But how many laser hair removal treatments are needed for a Brazilian before you see the results you want? The answer can vary for clients, so it’s best to have one of our board-certified physicians assess the condition of your treatment area. After all, every client’s goals are different, and several factors can affect the amount of laser treatment necessary to achieve what you want.
How Many Laser Hair Removal Treatments Do I Need?
Most patients need around 5 to 12 treatments spread apart every 4 to 6 weeks before they can achieve the results they want.
It’s important to note that the effects of these treatments are not permanent. After completing these treatments, you will also need at least one maintenance treatment every year to prevent your hair follicles from re-growing. If you don’t have maintenance treatments, hair will eventually grow back – though much thinner and lighter than before.
Factors That Can Affect How Many Treatments You Need
Laser hair removal works by destroying a target hair follicle and preventing future hair growth. The pigment in your hair absorbs light from the laser and converts it into heat. This is enough to damage the target hair follicle from within your skin. Through multiple treatments, this will eventually damage hair follicles and prevent them from regrowing.
However, certain factors can affect how effective treatment can be.
1. Hair Color
Laser hair removal is best for clients with dark hair colors. The melanin or pigment in your hair is responsible for absorbing laser light and converting it into heat energy. There is enough pigment in darker hair colors. However, for light blonde, red, gray, or white hairs, there may not be enough pigment to absorb the same amount of light and produce the same results.
Not all spas and aesthetic centers that offer laser hair removal treatment are equipped with lasers that can handle lighter hair colors. Therefore, if these spas can’t increase the intensity of the laser used (depending on your skin color), clients with lighter hair colors will need more treatments to get the desired results.
2. Skin Type
Laser hair removal treatment was originally limited to people with light skin because lasers could cause discoloration for those with darker skin colors. Spas and aesthetic centers with outdated laser equipment may not be equipped to treat darker skin colors without resulting in permanent pigmentation changes. On the other hand, more updated laser equipment can adjust the laser intensity accordingly to ensure a safe procedure with little to no skin discoloration.
3. Hair Volume and Thickness
Unlike waxing which is effective if a client comes in with long hair, laser hair removal is best with patients that have trimmed or shaved prior to their treatment. Long hair can cause burns on the skin surface. Waxing, on the other hand, removes the hair from the root, leaving nothing to absorb the laser from.
Should I Get Brazilian Laser Hair Removal?
You can consider any hair removal method to clean up unwanted hair in your pubic region, but it’s best to weigh the long-term pros and cons. If you’re looking at it at cost per treatment, Brazilian laser treatment may not seem like the cheapest solution. But if you’re thinking long-term, it can be the most practical and cost-effective solution that takes away the task of cleaning up your genital area frequently.
Laser Hair Removal Cost
Each Brazilian laser hair removal session can cost you around $300 to $550 per session, depending on your provider. Given that you’ll need around 5 to 12 sessions, expect to spend at least $1,500 and up to $6,600 to achieve your results.
This may seem like an expensive option, but consider both the time you spend on removing unwanted hair and the long-term costs of alternatives like waxing. Brazilian waxing may seem cheaper because they can range from $20 to $120 per session. However, hair growth will continue as normal, requiring you to spend multiple times in one month.
And when you fast forward around five years, you’ll still be paying the same amount for Brazilian waxing and taking time off your schedule to get it done, and this will add up. For Brazilian laser hair removal, on the other hand, you’ll be paying for a follow-up session at least once every year or every few years.
Brazilian laser hair treatment isn’t a permanent hair removal solution, but it is a longer-lasting solution compared to waxing and shaving. If you’re looking to keep your pubic area hairless, you may be removing your hair several times per month. Laser hair removal, however, takes away this inconvenience, on top of all the other benefits you can get from the procedure.
- Long-term hair removal. Once you complete all your treatments, the result is weak hair follicles that cannot sustain hair growth. This is not permanent, but it is a long-term solution compared to having to shave or wax your pubic region multiple times in one month. To maintain this, you will need touch-up treatments at least once a year (or, eventually, once every few years) to keep every hair follicle in the target area damaged.
- Thinner, sparser hairs. Over the course of your treatments, you’ll notice that your public hairs are thinner and fewer than they normally are. Brazilian laser hair removal is not permanent, and without maintenance treatments, hair will eventually grow back. However, they will be thinner, fewer, and take more time to grow.
- Avoid ingrown hair, rashes, and razor burn. Laser hair removal is the only effective hair removal choice if you want to avoid ingrown hairs and the irritating effects of hair removal for other procedures. When you wax or shave, there’s a chance for your hair to curl inwards and avoid growing beyond the skin surface. Left unchecked, this can be a very painful experience, especially in your genital area. In contrast, Brazilian laser hair removal treatment targets the root, making it less likely to irritate your skin.
- Treat other areas. Aside from Brazilian treatment, you can maximize your laser hair treatment session by targeting other areas with unwanted body hair. This can include facial hair like your upper lip, arms, legs, chest, and more.
Temporary Side Effects
Aside from diminishing hair in your pubic region, you may also experience temporary side effects from the treatment. These include:
- Redness and irritation. It’s normal for your skin to feel irritated or tender after a laser treatment. Some laser equipment can prevent this by offering a cooling effect, while other providers may use a numbing cream.
- Dry skin and crusting. Your skin can start to crust as a result of the laser drying out your skin’s natural moisturizer. After a laser hair removal session, use a moisturizer to hydrate the treated area.
- Change in skin color. Clients with lighter skin may notice dark spots, while those with darker skin might see lighter changes. For the most part, these are temporary effects from the laser and will return to normal in the days or weeks following the procedure.
Who Cannot Get Laser Hair Removal?
Anyone can get Brazilian laser hair removal if they want to see thinner, fewer pubic hairs in their private area. There may be some discomfort or minimal pain from the laser. And then there are the possible side effects mentioned earlier and recommended aftercare tips. First-time clients can also feel a bit awkward having their pubic area exposed to a stranger – even if that stranger is a qualified laser technician (in this case, you might benefit from a bikini laser hair removal, which is less invasive, and covers only the bikini area to keep pubic hair for passing your bikini line). If you’re ready to face these head-on, then you’re a good candidate for Brazilian laser hair removal.
However, there are a few caveats on who may not get laser hair removal. This includes:
- Pregnant women. There are no studies that suggest laser hair treatment result in negative effects. However, to be on the safe side, most aesthetic centers and spas do not allow laser hair removal on pregnant women.
- Women on their period. Your skin may be more sensitive during your period, so the procedure can feel more painful during your treatment.
- People with darker skin. Before getting laser hair removal from any spa or aesthetic center, check if their equipment can accommodate your skin tone. More updated laser equipment can adjust the laser intensity to avoid visible skin discoloration.
Get Your Brazilian Laser Hair Removal Treatments at Ethos Spa
The best way to determine how many treatments you will need is to consult with one of our board-certified cosmetic doctors. They can assess all the different factors and determine how many treatments it will take to achieve the results you want. It may seem like the more expensive option now, but Brazilian laser hair removal is the optimal long-term solution for those who want to spend less time tending to their pubic hair.
Ethos Spa Skin & Laser Center houses state-of-the-art laser equipment and a highly-trained team that can make each of your sessions one step closer to the body you want – free of unwanted hair. Book a complimentary consultation online today.