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Laser Hair Reduction During Pregnancy:
Everything You Should Know
Laser hair removal is not recommended during pregnancy. There are many reasons why laser treatment is not a good idea when pregnant, including changes in hormones that can lead to excess hair growth and even facial hair. Laser treatment can also be uncomfortable on sensitive areas such as the breasts or bikini area.
Should You Undergo This Treatment When You're Pregnant?
CoLaz wouldn’t recommend it. Why?
Although this method is very safe, there are a few concerns that you should consider if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding your baby.
During pregnancy, your body experiences a lot of changes. Your hormones go wild, causing mood swings, fatigue, and the growth of unsightly hair in places that are supposed to be soft and smooth. Suddenly, “peach fuzz” becomes thick and coarse, and you are sprouting hairs faster than you can shave or pluck.
While you may find it frustrating, it is a normal part of pregnancy. Hormone changes cause an increase in hair growth, and unfortunately, it usually appears in those places where it is least wanted – your face, abdomen, and even your breasts.
Is It Safe To Have Laser Hair Removal During Pregnancy?
Most doctors and clinicians do not recommend laser hair reduction if you are pregnant.
At this point, there is very little information about the effects it may have on the fetus, so it is best to prevent any possible laser hair removal risks by postponing the treatment until after delivery.
While no research has proven that this treatment is dangerous to the baby’s health, more extended studies are needed to rule out long-term effects.
Since there are no conclusive reports or findings, some clinics will still treat pregnant patients but may avoid the abdominal, breast, or bikini area; however, most reputable clinics choose to err on the side of caution and tell their clients to wait.
If you consider this method, you should think about the possible laser hair removal pregnancy concerns before making your final decision.
Laser Hair Removal Pregnancy Facts And Concerns
- Laser treatment uses non-ionizing radiation, which produces intense heat to destroy unwanted hair at the roots without causing cell mutation. Laser light beams only penetrate the skin a few millimetres. However, non-ionizing radiation can be absorbed by surrounding tissue. While it has been proven to have no adverse effects on the patient, doctors are not sure how it could impact the fetus.
- Hair removal treatments can be slightly painful, and some clinics will apply a numbing cream. Of course, since the body absorbs anything applied to the skin, it is not recommended that you use this cream if you are pregnant. This can make the procedure unpleasant and maybe a good reason to wait until after the baby is born.
- Skin can become more sensitive during pregnancy, so you may be more likely to experience pain, redness, or irritation.
- The number of treatments required and the length of time between re-treatments depends on the duration of your hair’s growth cycle. Since hormone changes associated with pregnancy can stimulate the maturation of dormant hair follicles or shorten the growth cycle, some women find that re-growth appears much more quickly when they are pregnant. Since laser hair removal can be costly, why not wait until your hormones have returned to normal before undergoing treatment?
- Laser hair removal can be awkward and uncomfortable in the later stages of pregnancy, especially on sensitive breasts or the bikini area (which should be avoided anyway). Since it usually takes between 6-12 months to achieve complete results, you should consider the length of this commitment before beginning. Doctors do not know if the risk to the baby increases with the number of treatments, so it is best to wait and begin a program after delivery.
- Stopping treatment when you become pregnant will not hinder progress. If you have already started a series of treatments and then discover that you are pregnant, you recommend postponing the rest of your sessions until post-delivery.
Laser hair removal is a safe and effective treatment, but for pregnant women, we advise you to wait after your child’s birth before you continue with laser treatments. This way, if anything goes wrong, there will be no permanent damage done to either mother or fetus. If this sounds like something that applies to you, contact us today!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Laser hair removal is safe. Aside from pregnant women, laser hair removal is a low-risk procedure for most people.
In the hair growth cycle, the hairs on your head and body experience different phases: first, a phase of active growth called anagen, followed by a resting state called telogen.
There isn’t any information on whether laser hair removal, specifically, is safe to undergo during pregnancy. With no studies to prove that laser hair removal is safe for expectant mothers and their babies, doctors generally exercise caution and advise against the procedure.
While these creams have generally been considered safe to use, painful skin reactions to these products have also been reported to the Food and Drug Association (FDA) and little is known about their possible effects.
The short answer, according to many doctors, is no. Pregnant women should not have laser hair removal. Doctors say this is because the process can cause complications during pregnancy, which could harm the baby.
There are many other things pregnant woman-to-be’s need to worry about besides their appearance: what they eat and drink, for example, or how much sleep they get each night.
Higher estrogen and androgen levels can cause hair to grow in places where it never appeared before, especially in the third trimester. Pregnancy triggers a hormonal surge that affects the body’s hair growth. During the third trimester, expect to see some new places on your face and neck sprouting hairs where they never appeared before!
During pregnancy, hormones seem to affect how much hair you have as well as where it grows. Pregnancy hormones delay the “falling out” phase, which might be why you notice thicker, fuller hair.
Although laser hair removal is generally considered a safe procedure, doctors and dermatologists usually advise women to avoid the procedure because no studies have proven safe for mothers and babies.
After all, when you’re not feeling great for nine months, a little grooming or pampering can go a long way to making you feel better.
During those nine months, many women start to see hair growth in unwanted places like the face, neck, belly, and breasts. Your hormones are pumping at an all-time high during pregnancy, which affects your normal hair growth cycle.