Laser Treatment and Pregnancy

December 02, 2017 09:21 AM

Women’s bodies will respond differently to pregnancy. In addition to morning sickness, weight change and mood swings, pregnant women may start noticing hair growth in unwanted places.

Hormonal changes and increased levels of cortisol may result in hair appearing on the breasts, the chin, or the stomach.

Some women will choose to get rid of the unwanted hair permanently, and they might need to use laser treatment. But is this safe for a mother and her baby?

Laser Treatment:

Laser hair removal treatments have been used for a long time as a cosmetic treatment, one of which is hair removal from unwanted places. However, is it a safe treatment for a pregnant woman?

Studies show that laser treatments do not affect pregnancy, as they do not penetrate the deep layers of the skin. However, doctors recommend avoiding them for the following reasons:

  1. Laser treatment can cause skin problems for the pregnant woman. She might experience painful burns, despite the local anaesthetic. The pain induced by the laser treatment can cause contractions, putting her at risk of premature birth.
  2. Increased hair growth is a temporary side effect, and it will eventually fade away after giving birth, when the hormones are back to normal in a woman’s body. Besides, this hormonal imbalance can lead to ineffective laser treatment during pregnancy.
  3. If the child is born with a congenital disability caused by factors other than the laser treatment, the doctor that had provided the treatment might face the blame, as sufficient studies have not been done to ensure the safety of laser treatment during pregnancy.

Ultimately, the decision is up to you and what your doctor advises you to do; however, it is a safer choice to wait until your baby is born before having laser treatment.

 

References:

http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/hair-removal-and-pregnancy/

https://www.realself.com/question/Side-effects-laser-hair-removal-pregnancy