Laser Pubic Hair Removal

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Laser pubic hair removal can be performed including treating the genitals for both men and women. We'll talk about how this method works, who might be a candidate, options for getting it performed, the discomfort and home devices.

How It Works at a Glance

It uses pulsed light to seek out pigment (or color) in the hair to disable the follicle. Multiple treatments are needed because hair needs to be "zapped" when it's in the growth phase.

Generally, hair needs to be dark because the light is seeking out the color and skin needs to be light to medium in tone so that it doesn't get attacked. However, advancement is being made and more people that fall outside these guidelines are being able to receive treatments safely and effectively as technology improves.

Choosing a Provider or Home Device

None of the home Laser or IPL (intense pulsed light) devices are to be used on the genitals. They can be used for the bikini line though. This means hair outside a regular underwear line is fair game. So if you want some or all of the hair on the genitals removed, then you'll need to see a professional.

It's best to research spas or clinics in your area and then make some consultations. Find out more about the machines they use, who will be performing your treatments and their credentials, the recommended amount of sessions and their price.

 Make sure they have specialized experience in pubic hair removal.

You should also be able to choose a style. For instance, leave a pubic hair strip, a square, rectangle or take the bikini line in as deep as you'd like- including totally bare in the front and back. 

More to Consider

  • Skin color. While your regular skin tone may fall in the safe range, the genitals on men and skin around the anus is often darker. It may not be safe for these areas to have hair removed but should be discussed at your consultation.
  • Discomfort. Laser often feels like a rubber band snap to the skin. Of course, everyone's pain tolerance is different, but the bikini zone is a sensitive area. Also, it tends to hurt more in areas with very dark and thick hair. Of course, a numbing cream can be used to help with sensitivity and treatments often get less painful after the first couple times as hair is reduced.
  • Permanency. It's FDA approved for permanent hair reduction and not permanent hair removal. Use of these specific words aside, you should be okay with the idea of never seeing hair again. If you have it all removed, are you certain you'll never want any pubic hair?
  • Sparse hair. Some hair may grow back down the road- even though it may be finer or lighter. You may need to shave or wax if you want it completely hairless. Touch up treatments could take care of this.

Laser Hair Removal Vs. Electrolysis for Pubic Hair Removal

Electrolysis may also be performed on the genitals. However, not every electrologist is willing to treat the entire private area on both men and women. (Read: Is Genital Electrolysis Possible?)

  • Permanency. We covered how Laser hair removal is FDA approved for permanent hair reduction and electrolysis is FDA approved for permanent hair removal. While nothing is 100% guaranteed, you'll have better odds never seeing the hair again with electrolysis.
  • Hair and skin color. Electrolysis can treat any color hair on all skin tones. Generally, laser hair removal works on darker hair and can be safely used on light to medium skin tones. There is more advancement being made outside these limitations especially with devices that implement more than one technology. (One home device, the Me Smooth combines intense pulsed light and radio frequency and is made to be used on any skin tone and treat all hair colors.)

Other Options

If you're not ready or able to commit to something along the permanent lines, see other ways to get rid of hair down below.