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"Does laser hair removal work on the bikini line?"
Is it possible to use laser hair removal on your bikini line? I have tried waxing and shaving that area, but those techniques end up being pretty painful and causing ingrown hairs. Lasers would seem ideal, but are they safe to use in that way?
For many women removing hairs in and around the pubic area is an important cosmetic procedure. The doctors who will be qualified to discuss this issue in more detail with you include your primary care doctor and your dermatologist. There are numerous ways to remove hair in the pubic area. The most commonly used way is simply by shaving. This is safe and inexpensive, but at times can lead to ingrown hairs and small cuts. Also, it requires a lot of maintenance as the hairs grow back quickly. Some people prefer depilatory creams which are simpler than shaving, but can provoke inflammatory reactions to the strong chemicals in the creams. Waxing is a very effective way to remove hair. Although home waxing kits are available, superior (and less painful) results are usually obtained by visiting a salon. Finally, electrolysis and laser skin treatments are both available. The advantages of these two methods is that they result in permanent hair removal. Unfortunately they are both quite expensive and therefore not always used by many people. As always, the management of your particular skin concern will require a physical examination by your personal physician. Scheduling an appointment with your primary care doctor or your dermatologist might be recommended.
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