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Is Laser Hair Removal Safe If I am Pregnant or Breastfeeding?
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Posted On 08/15/2011 17:13:33 by Allure_Laser_Treatment
Is Laser Hair Removal Safe If I Am Pregnant or Breastfeedng?  
By Rachel Depart
Tallahassee's Allure Laser Treatment
 

During pregnancy and breastfeeding hair growth and skin changes are common. Increased amounts of hormones are the culprit for the annoying skin and hair problems.  Because of these changes, women often desire laser hair removal or skin treatments during these times.

   
Laser for hair removal and skin treatments have been approved by the FDA since the late 1990's.  Since this time no studies have proven that laser hair or skin procedures are unsafe for pregnant or non pregnant women.

 


Should I Do Laser Hair Removal
When Pregnant?
 There have been studies on pregnant rats that have shown negative effects, but incidental human exposure to laser procedures during pregnancy has not proven harmful.  However, because there are no long-term studies and due to the delicate nature of pregnancy it has been recommended by most professionals that laser hair removal be postponed until after the birth of the baby.  As a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) I would have to agree with this recommendation.  It is best to err on the side of caution when it comes to the health and welfare of mom and baby!

 

Some may think that the suspension of the hair removal process would cause a lessened effect on hair removal but this is not necessarily so.  The hair follicles that have been killed as a result of laser treatment will never grow hair again.  Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding do tend to increase hair growth but waiting until after the birth of the baby to begin or continue treatments will not effect the results.  Laser hair removal during breast feeding is fine as long as it is not done on the areola or breast tissue.

 

As far as skin treatments are concerned the same is true during pregnancy and breastfeeding. 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, so it is best to postpone laser skin treatments until after you have stopped breastfeeding.  For optimum results postponing laser treatments until after pregnancy and breastfeeding is recommended especially with the edema and skin changes that are associated with this time.
1. Just to be cautious laser hair removal should be postponed until after pregnancy.
2. More long term studies are needed in order to recommend laser use during pregnancy.
3. Numbing creams or ointments should not be used for laser treatments during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
4. Postponing laser treatments that are already in progress will not negatively affect the outcome.
5. If you have had laser treatment while pregnant do not panic, just postpone the treatment until after the baby arrives.
  

A reputable laser centers will allow their clients to pick up where they left off after the birth of the baby or when breast feeding is finished.  
Most importantly, enjoy pregnancy and breastfeeding; you will have time after to think about laser treatments.   

Rachel Depart owns Allure Laser Treatment at 1909 Capital Circle NE. Rachel is a Nurse Practitioner that has been working in the Tallahassee medical community for 12 years. Bringing over 20 years of nursing experience and knowledge to Allure, Rachel's professionalism and skills provide you with the very best care!


Allure Laser Treatment is located at 1909 Capital Circle NE in Tallahassee
Call for a Consultation 850-877-1111

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