When you’re pregnant, all of those hormones change your body in a myriad of ways. That includes your hair growth. While the hair on your head may look shiny and thicker, you may find you have extra peach fuzz on your face or hair on your belly or around your nipples. The texture of your hair may change as well.
All of this extra unwanted hair may have you looking into laser hair removal. But most healthcare providers and aestheticians will tell you to avoid laser hair removal while pregnant.
Why Can’t I Have Laser Hair Removal During My Pregnancy?
While laser hair removal is a safe procedure for you, there isn’t any research on how the use of a laser might affect your unborn baby. Therefore, you should play it safe. Reputable aestheticians simply won’t treat you if you’re pregnant – we’re not being difficult, it’s because we care about you and your baby. And in reality, most hair growth during pregnancy is hormonal and will resolve after you give birth, so there’s no need to worry that unwanted hair is there to stay.
The Safest Hair Removal Options While You’re Pregnant
While you should avoid laser hair removal while you’re pregnant, you may also want to avoid electrolysis and depilatories. Just like laser hair removal, there isn’t any research on how these hair removal methods could potentially affect your unborn child.
Shaving is a completely safe method of hair removal when you’re pregnant. So, buy some new razors with at least 3 blades, a lubricating strip, and a pivoting head to allow for a close shave. If you can’t reach certain spots yourself, you can ask your partner to help. For your face, invest in some highly reviewed facial razors, or schedule a dermaplaning appointment.
Another safe option to remove facial hair while you’re pregnant is dermaplaning, where the aesthetician uses a scalpel to gently scrape your facial skin, removing dead skin cells and peach fuzz at the same time. If you schedule this treatment, you may want to schedule a facial at the same time to pamper yourself.
Waxing is generally considered to be safe while you’re pregnant, as long as you have it done by a professional. Keep in mind that the same hormones that are causing your hair to grow faster are making your skin more sensitive. For this reason, you might not want to wax, as it will be more painful. Consult with your doctor if you want to keep waxing during your pregnancy.
And remember, once you give birth, your hormones will shift back to normal after about six months, and so will your hair growth. It will then be safe to schedule a laser hair removal consultation.
Schedule a Complimentary Consultation
If you’re pregnant and have hair in unwanted places, some of the hair may go away on its own after you give birth. While laser hair removal now isn’t an option, we have other options for hair removal as well as a full menu of skincare services for you to pamper yourself during this amazing time in your life. You’re inexperienced and compassionate hands when you visit Aesthetics at Cima Health.
From the initial consultation to the treatment room, we offer the highest quality hair removal and skincare services, individualized to your needs. We are more than clinicians; we understand how hard it can be to carve out time for yourself to look and feel your best.
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