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    What to know about cleansing and hair removal in the bikini area.

    Intimate Grooming: What Women Need to Know

    Bikini Laser Hair Removal continued...

    It is important to shave before going for your laser hair removal session. Do not wax or pluck the hair because the laser won’t work. If you do wax or pluck, wait 4 weeks before doing a laser treatment.

    Earlier laser treatment worked best on lighter skin, but new technology has made the treatment more viable for people with darker skin as well. The new lasers also offer longer-lasting results than older ones did, Beer says. If you have dark skin, make sure to see a dermatologist with the appropriate laser for your skin. Otherwise, skin complications may ensue.

    Laser hair removal is not cheap, with costs ranging from $100 to $250 per session; and this is not covered by medical insurance.

    Once it’s done, there’s a significant time savings in not having to shave.

    Beer cautions that the rate of complications from laser hair removal goes up dramatically when the procedure is done by aestheticians without a medical background in dermatology or plastic surgery.

    For best results, look for a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who uses lasers specifically designed for hair removal. “One-size-fits-all is not a good strategy for laser hair removal,” Beer says.

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