Can I Have Laser Hair Removal During Pregnancy?

The hormones changes during pregnancy can cause more of your hair to enter into the resting phase and resulting in the appearance of thicker hair. Usually, this extra hair shows up on your face, arms, belly, nipples even "peach fuzz" or those places where it is least wanted. Because of these changes, women often desire laser hair removal during these times. Then, we recommend (The rule is also applies to home laser or IPL hair removal systems) :

Relative Safety During Early :

If you must have it, please do it during early pregnancy but stay away from the bikini area.

Perfectly Safe On Face :

It is perfectly safe to have laser done on your face during whole pregnancy.

For Other Cases :

The best option is that have a laser treatment after the baby is delivered.

Do Not Panic :

If you have had laser treatment while pregnant, just postpone the treatment until after the baby arrives.

Breast Feeding :

Perfectly safe as long as it is not done on the areola or breast tissue, without numbing agents.

Numbing agents are commonly used with laser skin treatments. These medications do travel through the skin to our blood supply and have been found in breast milk.

Can I Have Laser Hair Reduction During Pregnancy Or Breastfeeding?

Laser radiations are electromagnetic radiations that are very different from X-Ray radiations. Lasers have a wavelength similar to light and penetrate only up to few millimeters under skin, it is not able to infiltrate deep inside to the embryo or fetus. However, because there are no long-term studies especially when it is done on abdomen or bikini area, and due to the delicate nature of pregnancy it has been recommended by most professionals that laser treatment be postponed until after the birth of the baby.

Laser hair removal have been approved by the FDA since the late 1990's. Since this time no studies have proven that it is unsafe for pregnant or non pregnant women. Recently, there have been studies on pregnant rats that have shown negative effects. This past May in 2013 at the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery's annual meeting, Dr. Gary S. Chuang, dermatologic surgeon at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, reported the preliminary results of a study he conducted that laser plumes emitted during the laser hair removal procedure contain "a cocktail of volatile organic compounds," at least 13 of which are known to be hazardous to human health. Wherein the Diethyl Phthalate, used in cosmetics and fragrances, has been shown to cause birth defects in pregnant rats. But incidental human exposure to laser procedures during pregnancy has not proven harmful.

Unfortunately, the only thing I would recommend would be shaving during the pregnancy though not the easiest option, shaving is always the cheapest, most convenient option.

Waxing

Your skin reacts differently to waxing during pregnancy, it may be more sensitive.

Creams And Depilatories

The main concerns with depilatories during pregnancy are the active ingredients barium sulfide powder and calcium thioglycolate. There is no evidence that they are harmful during pregnancy, but there have been no studies that prove they are safe either.

Electrolysis

There are no studies that evaluate the safety of electrolysis during pregnancy.

There are two types of current used in electrolysis, thermolysis and galvanic. Thermolysis may also be referred to as diathermy, radio wave, short wave, or high frequency. Galvanic electrolysis sends a minute electrical current through the client and back to the device. This is not recommended because the baby is surrounded by amniotic fluid. In this situation, amniotic fluid acts as a conductor of electricity. For this reason, galvanic current is NOT recommended for electrolysis during pregnancy. Thermolysis does not flow through the body and has not been found to be harmful to pregnant women or the fetus.

If you choose to have electrolysis, the breasts should be avoided in the last trimester, especially if you're going to breastfeed. In the final weeks of pregnancy, you should avoid the abdomen because it is very sensitive and would be very uncomfortable for you at this point in the pregnancy.

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