Laser Hair Removal And Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, then you probably know that shaving is quite awkward. This is because it is difficult to bend down, plus you may also be experiencing increased hair growth because of the hormonal changes that your body is going through. Thankfully this will end once your baby is born. However, if you have had excess hair before you even became pregnant, then you may not be able to get rid of it so easily. For these various reasons, many women find themselves desperate enough to consider laser hair removal in the months that are leading up to the actual birth of their baby.

While laser hair removal can be extremely effective since it targets the hair’s pigmentation and thermally damages the hair follicles, it is difficult to tell whether or not this is safe for pregnant women to undergo. This is because there have not been any studies done to find out how laser hair removal will affect the fetus. For this reason, laser hair removal is not recommended for pregnant women. However, there are some people who still believe that laser hair removal is completely safe during early pregnancy as long as the bikini area is avoided. Nevertheless, with such limited information being available, it is best to wait to receive laser hair removal treatments until after the baby has been born. This will then allow the technician to do a proper consultation.

Pregnant women could consider using electrolysis instead of laser hair removal. In this procedure, the hair follicle will be destroyed by a probe that is inserted into it and then emits radio frequency. There are 3 ways in which this can work. These include both Galvanic, Thermolysis and Blend. The Thermolysis and Blend methods are not recommended for pregnant women. This is because in Thermolysis electrolysis sends the electrical current to actually pass through the person’s body. Since Blend electrolysis combines Galvanic and Thermolysis, it is also not recommended for pregnant women. Even with Galvanic electrolysis, pregnant women are usually required to get authorization from their obstetrician before this treatment can be performed. This is true even though this form of electrolysis has never caused any damage to the expectant mother or her fetus.

Pregnant women need to understand that there has only been limited research done on the process of electrolysis and how it can effect a pregnant woman and her developing fetus. This is why there are so many obstetricians who are hesitant to recommend this procedure at all to anyone who is pregnant. Those women who still choose to have electrolysis performed on them while they are pregnant, especially if these women are in their last trimesters, really should take some precautions. These precautions primarily state that pregnant women should really avoid having electrolysis done around their abdomens, which is where their developing baby is, and also avoid treatments on their breasts, because they are developing milk that will be needed if they choose to breastfeed their baby.

Note: This article is for informational purpose only. Please contact your doctor/dermatologist for proper guidance and information.

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8 thoughts on “Laser Hair Removal And Pregnancy

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  2. When I was pregnant, I really do wish laser hair removal was an option (since it wasn’t as popular as it is now, that is). At that time, the main three was tweezing, electrolysis, and waxing. I chose waxing because it would last me 3-4 weeks at a stretch, so I would only have to perform it monthly. Luckily for me, the man in my life loved me enough to help me with that and primarily made sure I was secure in myself inside and out. For the baby’s sake, I see how you would say that electrolysis is better than laser hair removal, but coming from a person who has experienced electrolysis to groom my eyebrows, I have to say that if pregnancy isn’t a factor, I would go with laser removal. Obviously in this post it is not the case, so I am in total agreement that an alternative to this and electrolysis…specifically waxing. There is no ERMs in concentrated amounts being in such close proximity to the baby with this procedure and if you have a loving partner like I do, then he will be more than happy to comply.

  3. Your information is incorrect, you confused thermolysis with galvanic…doesn’t make your article very credible.

  4. I wonder what the effects are on the skin after the procedure. Will that area of the skin feel different than before? Anyway , thanks for the post.

  5. Lisa, at the time when this article was published, all information was cross checked and double checked. However, i will still get some more opinions from doctors and also check up with galvanic information! Thanks for your comment!

  6. Thanks for the information that you have shared. I would agree that laser hair removal would be the best solution for removing unwanted hairs whenever you are pregnant. This is to give en effective result and most of all, this is a very convenient treatment.

  7. I really agree on the fact that most of pregnant women have a hard time in removing unwanted hairs because they can’t bend down to shave some private parts in their body. That is why, laser hair removal is the best thing to do about this.

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