Will Pregnancy Disqualify Me From Laser Hair Removal?

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It’s a well-known fact that many women experience an increase in hair growth – and even new, unwanted hair growth – during pregnancy. This is primarily due to a sharp rise in hormones, which can both trigger new hair growth and prevent hair from shedding as it normally would. This undesired hair during pregnancy leads many mothers-to-be to wonder whether they may be eligible for laser hair removal. At Cedarburg Family Wellness & Aesthetics Center in Cedarburg, WI, triple board-certified physician Dr. Janice Alexander believes that women deserve to feel comfortable, confident, feminine, and sexy at every stage of life. However, Dr. Alexander and her team are also committed to the highest standards in safety and medicine to keep you and your growing baby healthy. Keep reading for a closer look at laser hair removal during pregnancy, including whether it is considered safe and why or why not.

How does laser hair removal work?

At Cedarburg Family Wellness & Aesthetics Center, Dr. Alexander is proud to offer advanced laser hair removal using the revolutionary Alma Soprano ICE™ Platinum laser. Each treatment will begin with the skin being cleansed to remove any dirt, oil, makeup, or debris. If needed, a topical numbing agent can be applied to reduce discomfort during laser hair removal, though most women find the treatment tolerable without numbing cream. Your experienced provider will then pass the handpiece over your skin, delivering targeted bursts of laser energy. This energy works to destroy the hair follicle and reduce or prevent future hair growth. On average, patients can expect to require about 4 – 5 laser hair removal sessions spaced about 3 – 6 weeks apart, depending on the treatment area, to achieve lasting results.

Where can you get laser hair removal?

Common treatment areas for laser hair removal in Mequon, Grafton, and Milwaukee, WI include:

  • Face
  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Underarms
  • Legs
  • Buttocks
  • Back
  • Male chest
  • Abdomen

Is laser hair removal safe during pregnancy?

Because there is insufficient data on the safety of laser hair removal during pregnancy, the majority of providers encourage women to wait until they have delivered their baby to undergo the treatment. While this does not necessarily mean that laser hair removal is unsafe during pregnancy, neither does it confirm that laser hair removal is safe while pregnant. Without adequate studies and results on laser hair removal’s safety during pregnancy, it is best to err on the side of caution.

Why shouldn’t I get laser hair removal while pregnant?

Not only is there a lack of evidence that laser hair removal is safe for pregnant women, but there are a number of other reasons why it may be advisable to avoid laser treatments while pregnant. For example, women often develop more sensitive skin during pregnancy, which could make a potential laser treatment particularly uncomfortable and cause noticeable swelling, redness, irritation, and other side effects. Finally, the increased hormones associated with pregnancy are likely to make hair follicles much more stubborn to treat, meaning the procedure may be less effective than it would be after pregnancy.

Get the peace of mind you deserve by waiting until after pregnancy to undergo laser hair removal in the Milwaukee area

We all want to look and feel our best. If physical changes during pregnancy have you feeling less like yourself, try to be patient and remember that the temporary sacrifice is worth it for the health of you and your baby. After you have delivered your baby and you’re ready to say goodbye to unwanted hair growth, call Cedarburg Family Wellness & Aesthetics Center in Cedarburg, WI to schedule your private consultation with triple board-certified physician and aesthetic expert Dr. Janice Alexander.

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