So, you’ve decided to make a sexy change in your life with a bikini or Brazilian laser hair removal. Amazing! 
But perhaps you’ve realized you’re not sure what the difference is between the two options. You know they both have to do with the more intimate parts of your body, but how much hair does each one remove? Just how close does the registered nurse or technician get? 

Salon terminology can be confusing, and it’s not always consistent from salon to salon!
We’ve created this guide to help. We’ll explain the differences, and help you choose between bikini vs Brazilian laser hair removal. 

Bikini Line

Bikini line laser hair removal is the more conservative option. The goal of bikini line hair removal is to get rid of hair at the panty line. It’ll keep you looking hair-free when you wear lingerie or a bikini. 
The precise area treated is the crease where the thighs connect to the pubis. We usually focus on the front, but we also remove hair from the inner thighs. In many cases, we’ll also target the area above the pubic mound, to account for low-cut bikini styles. 
At SEV Laser, we always make sure to go a little past the basic bikini line. This guarantees that you’ll look flawlessly hair-free even if your swimsuit moves a little as you enjoy your time in the sun.

Brazilian Hair Removal

As you’re probably aware now, Brazilian laser hair removal is much more thorough. We call it either a “Brazilian” or a “full bikini” at SEV Laser. With it, we remove around 3 times the amount of hair we would with a bikini line laser. 

At some salons you may see it referred to as a “Tahitian,” “Full Brazilian,” or even “Hollywood” hair removal. 
With a Brazilian laser hair removal, we can deal with all of the hair that grows around your pubic mound, as well as the hair that surrounds the vulva and perianal area… If that’s what you wish.  

Some of our clients keep a bit of hair directly above the vulva (aka a landing strip). Others go for a hybrid between a bikini and a Brazilian, where they keep a larger patch on the pubic hair while getting rid of everything else. Some salons call this a “French” or “extended bikini,” but for us, it’s just a variation on the Brazillian. 

Aftercare for Bikini and Brazilian Laser Hair Removal

The great thing about laser hair removal is that there’s minimal downtime – yes, even with Brazilian or bikini line laser! Proper aftercare makes sure that your skin recovers from the laser service quickly. 
Here are our bikini and Brazilian laser aftercare instructions: 

  • Know that some redness and irritation are normal. Avoid scratching or picking at your skin. 
  • You can use a cold compress or topical ointment to soothe and protect the skin.  
  • Avoid sun exposure, tanning lotions, tanning beds, tanning sprays, and tanning solutions for 2-4 weeks both before and after your treatment. 
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes for 24-72 hours after your appointment. 
  • If you do go out in the sun, cover the treated areas and wear sunblock. 
  • Take a break from exercise or intimate deodorants for 24-hours post treatment.
  • For the 24-72 hours after your treatment, avoid the jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, or hot showers as the heat can damage your skin. 
  • You can still shower in lukewarm water, but use a gentle soap or body wash to gently cleanse the external parts of your intimate regions. 
  • Please avoid taking iron pills over 65 mg for at least 3 days before and after your treatment. 
  • Please avoid any harsh peels or exfoliating treatments for at least 2 weeks after your laser treatment. 

Bikini vs Brazilian: Which is Better?

When it comes time to decide between bikini vs Brazilian laser hair removal, the final decision is yours. Now that you know the difference between the two services, this section will help you make up your mind as to which is right for you. 

Bikini line hair removal is fairly minimal. It’s a great choice if you want no hair to show when you’re in a swimsuit or bikini-style underwear, but don’t mind your pubic hair otherwise. 
A Brazilian is the better choice if you want to feel smooth and hairless at all times. This option will get you 100% hair free, even when you’re in the most itty-bitty thong or wearing nothing at all. 
Both options are very quick and less painful than waxing. The laser works fast and targets multiple hairs at once, although treating the bikini line is a little faster.  

What if You’re Embarrassed? 

A final consideration many of our clients have is an embarrassment. It’s totally reasonable to worry about a stranger coming in close and personal with such an intimate part of your body! 
With both bikini line and Brazilian treatments, our patients get to wear a hygienic, disposable pair of panties if they want, so you’re never totally exposed. The aesthetician will simply move the fabric as needed, to give you the results you want.  

Finally, keep in mind that your service provider is a professional registered nurse or laser technician. She helps hundreds of women feel more confident with their bodies through laser hair removal, and she’ll be thrilled for the chance to make you happier with your body. 

Professional Advice Just a Call Away 

Still not sure? It can be helpful to discuss your options with a pro! 
Your laser hair removal technician is there to help. She’ll put you at ease, answer your questions, and help you decide whether you want a bikini vs Brazilian laser hair removal. 
She can also help you figure out a customized option if you don’t want to go totally bare but would like a bit more hair removed than just the bikini line. Contact us today and we’ll be happy to chat or book you in for your appointment.