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It is not surprising that the bikini area is one of the most common areas treated with laser hair removal. There are many advantages to having laser hair removal on the bikini area, but the most obvious is convenance. Lasers offer a more permanent solution to hair removal than waxing or shaving, so you don’t have the constant maintenance. Laser hair removal eliminates stubble, ingrown hairs and irritating red bumps. After laser hair removal, you no longer have to worry about shaving or waxing before you put on a swimsuit or skimpy little panties the area is always smooth.
Terms for popular bikini hair removal styles
Many of the terms used to describe the styles for bikini hair removal are used interchangeably, so always be sure to communicate exactly what you want with the person doing your bikini hair removal treatment.
Basic Hair is only removed from outside of the standard bikini panty line.
American (Modified Bikini) Hair is removed a little deeper inside bikini line than the basic.
FrenchHair is removed from the sides, leaving a thin strip on top. Hair is not removed from the labia, buttock or peri-anal area.
Brazilian Hair is removed from the sides, buttock and peri-anal area, leaving a small strip or triangle. Hair is not removed from the labia.
Playboy Hair is removed everywhere including labia, buttock and peri-anal area, leaving only a small strip on top.
Hollywood Everything is removed, leaving the area completely bare.
Bollywood Bejeweling the top of the bikini area, with crystals.
Bunny Tail Just above the anal area, between the cheeks
Don’t be shy
Many people feel embarrassed or awkward about having hair professionally removed from the bikini and anal area. As an Esthetician and Laser Technician, I can assure you that nobody should ever feel embarrassed about having a bikini wax or laser hair removal. This is our job, this is what we do all day. We do not care about the size, shape or color of anything. You do not have anything we have not seen before. ( Unless you have two vaginas) I have seen it all, piercings, tattoos, tampon strings and hemorrhoids. I have treated women, men and pre-op transsexuals. If you are someone that feels shy about having a bikini treatment, try to remind yourself that you are being treated by a professional.
What to expect during a treatment
Before you have a laser hair removal treatment you will have a consultation with your laser technician. During your consultation you will discuss what shape or style you would like, it is usually best to shave the area in the shape you like about two days before your treatment. Your laser technician may shave the area if there are any long hairs.
You will be taken in to a private room and asked to undress from the waist down. The technician will leave the room while you undress. You may wear panties or a swimsuit if you are only treating the hair that extends outside the pantie line. After undressing you will lay on the table and drape yourself with a sheet or towel. The laser technician will come back into the room and prep the area by shaving any hair that is to long and then applying a topical numbing cream. ( Numbing cream is optional) The numbing cream is usually left on for about thirty minutes before the treatment begins. After the numbing cream has had a chance to take effect your technician will come back in and begin treatment. Your technician will treat a section at a time, draping the other areas. The treatment itself takes about thirty minutes.
After your treatment the area may feel like a mild sun burn or razor burn. The area may also have little red bumps, this is follicular edema. Follicular edema is a normal response to the hair follicle heating up. The hair will begin to fall out over the next two weeks after treatment. It is important to keep the area cool immediately after your treatment.
How many treatments are needed?
Laser hair removal requires a series of treatments, a minimum of 8 treatment is needed on non-facial areas such as the bikini. Treatments are generally done about 6 weeks apart. Most people will require periodic maintenance treatments, after the initial series of 8 treatments. You may be told that you will only need 5 treatments, this is almost never true. There is not any special laser that has the ability to eliminate hair with fewer treatments.
Why do you need so many treatments?
When we do laser hair removal, we treat the entire area and most of the hair will fall out with each treatment. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of hair is permanently removed with each treatment. In most cases less than ten percent will be permanently removed with each treatment. The reason has to do with the growth cycle of hair. Hair goes through a growth cycle that includes anagen, catagen and telogen. Hair that is in the Anagen stage ( active growing phase) respond best to laser hair removal. Each hair follicle acts independently, so not all hair will be in the same cycle of growth at the same time. On the bikini area you may have only about thirty percent of hair follicles that are in the anagen stage at any given time, while up to 70% can be in a telogen stage for about twelve weeks. These growth cycles vary from person to person, and from time to time.
To complicate the hair removal process even further we all have “potential” follicles that have never produced hair, but have the potential to grow hair. The number of potential follicles far out number the anagen or telogen follicles. These potential hair follicles can be stimulated to produce a hair at any given time and laser hair removal can not prevent a potential follicle from having the ability to produce a hair.
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Coolsculpting is a non-surgical procedure used to get rid of muffin tops, love handles, back fat and all those fat bulges that torment us. The treatment only takes an hour per area and there isn’t any down time, so you can immediately get back to your normal activities. The best part is unlike other non-surgical procedures, the fat cells die permanently.
How it works
Coolsculpting uses a new technology called Cryolipolysis to reduce excess adipose tissue, or as we call it FAT. Cryolipolysis is kind of a fancy way to say freezing fat or controlled fat cooling. The controlled cooling is done in a way that does not damage surrounding tissue. Water freezes at 0〫celsius while fat freezes at 10〫celsius. Coolsculpting actually cools the fat to just above freezing, at about 12〫celsius. Adipocytes (fat cells) contain lipids that respond in a unique way to cold. When cooled to just above freezing the lipids will crystalize. When the lipids crystalize the fat cell dies, going thru a natural process known as apoptosis. The great thing about Coolsculpting is that there isn’t any tissue injury or necrosis, which is a traumatic cell death. Some of the fat cells will have immediate cell death, however most of the fat cells will continue to die as they go thru apoptosis, up to six months after a single treatment.
What to expect
The applicator is applied to the targeted area, you will feel a strong suction as it attaches. Once the applicator is applied to the treated area you will feel it begin to cool, surprisingly it doesn’t feel that cold. Once the applicator is applied and the cooling begins, you simply relax for the next hour. You can watch TV, read, work on your ipad or take a nap. The treatment is very comfortable. After an hour the applicator is removed. The fat in the treated area is raised and firm, it looks kind of like a stick of butter. The fat will be massaged and will flatten down to normal.
There isn’t any down time after the treatment, so you can immediately return to your normal activities. Results can be seen as early as two weeks after treatment and continue to improve up to six months later. The most obvious change is seen around two months after treatment.
Diet and Exercise
Before anybody thinks of leaving a comment suggesting to simply diet and exercise, let me start off by saying ” duh…. don’t insult us captain obvious.” Obviously treatments like Coolsculpting are not an alternative to diet and exercise. For many people there are just areas of stubborn fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Some people hold onto weight in their butt, hips or thighs while others hold onto fat in their abdomen or flanks. ( Most of us are not perfect )
Diet and exercise can help with overall weight loss, but diet and exercise are not effective for targeting weight loss for specific areas of the body. Exercise can tighten, tone and build muscle in targeted areas, however exercise can not target fat reduction in specific areas. Procedures like liposuction and Coolsculpting help to reduce fat in resistant areas.
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