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Can You Get Laser Hair Removal While Pregnant?

Maya Adivi • May, 2023

Can You Get Laser Hair Removal While Pregnant?

Maya Adivi • August, 2023

If you’re preparing for parenthood, not having to worry about waxing or shaving anymore probably sounds like a major time-saver! Laser hair removal is one of the most effective ways to get rid of unwanted hair for the long term. It works by damaging the hair follicle to prevent regrowth, which makes it one of the only hair removal methods with lasting results. But you might be curious - can you get laser hair removal while pregnant? Does laser hair removal hurt? This incredible hair removal technology hasn't been tested on pregnant women, and providers tend to err on the side of caution.

In this post, we'll explore the risks, and let you know everything you need to know about laser hair removal while pregnancy.

Table Of Contents

  • 1.  Safety of Laser Hair Removal While Pregnant
  • 2. The Potential Risks
  • 3. Home Laser or IPL Hair Removal  While Pregnancy
  • 4.  Alternative Hair Removal Methods While Pregnancy
  • 5. Expert Advice on Laser Hair Removal while Pregnancy

Safety of Laser Hair Removal While Pregnant

Simply put, we don't know if laser hair removal is safe during pregnancy.

  Aesthetic procedures like laser hair removal have to undergo a lot of safety testing before bodies like the FDA approve them for use. However, it's nearly unheard of for these aesthetic treatments to be tested on subjects who are pregnant or nursing. The risks and ethical repercussions associated with testing such treatments on pregnant people are simply too great.

  As such, the majority of guidelines explicitly recommend that anyone pregnant or breastfeeding avoid laser hair removal. You'd be hard-pressed to find a provider willing to conduct laser hair removal while pregnant and nursing people, as well as on anyone actively trying to become pregnant.

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The Potential Risks of getting hair laser removal while pregnant

Laser hair removal has some very common and well-documented side effects, but they're very minor. Immediately after the treatment, mild irritation can last for a few hours, going up to a few days at most.

  In rare cases, laser hair removal can cause more severe irritation or burns, although these are usually the result of seeing an inexperienced provider.

  None of these side effects correlate with any specific risks to the pregnant person or the fetus. In fact, some non-aesthetic laser procedures are considered safe in pregnant people, such as to treat kidney stones, certain skin diseases, twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, and varicose veins in the lower half of the body.

Home Laser or IPL Hair Removal while Pregnancy

Nowadays, many women choose to treat unwanted hair with light-based hair removal devices designed for home use. Evertone Eversmooth is a great example! Our IPL hair removal device can be used at home on a weekly basis, with visible results within just 4 treatments.

  However, just like with professional laser hair removal treatments, IPL hair removal has also not been tested for safety on those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. As such, if you’re pregnant, it’s best to wait to use home IPL hair removal devices until after you’ve given birth.

Alternative Hair Removal Methods while Pregnancy

If you're currently pregnant, then laser hair removal and IPL home treatments are off-limits. Fortunately, there are a lot of other hair removal options!

  If you're interested in returning to laser hair removal once you're no longer pregnant or breastfeeding, then shaving is the best hair removal option in the meanwhile. Depilatory creams that work by breaking down the keratin in the hair can also work, although they can be slightly irritating to the skin.

  You can also wax, sugar, or epilate while pregnant. These methods pull the hair out of the root, which means you can go for longer periods without needing to remove hair. Just remember that for laser hair removal to work, the root of the hair still needs to be intact inside the hair follicle.

  That means that once you’re no longer pregnant or breastfeeding, you’ll need to switch back to methods that don’t pull the hair from the root before you can undergo laser hair removal.

Electrolysis is a method of hair removal that uses electrical currents to permanently eliminate unwanted hair. It's a popular choice for individuals seeking a long-term solution for hair removal.

Expert Advice on Laser Hair Removal while Pregnancy

So the bottom line is that if you’re pregnant, it’s best to avoid laser hair removal.

  If you’re still in the family planning stage and aren’t planning to become pregnant for a few more months, it might be a good time to start laser hair removal. Most users see results within a few months of regular treatments, so you might be able to nip all of that unwanted hair in the bud before parenthood transforms your life.

  That said, keep in mind that hormonal changes during pregnancy may impact the longevity of your result, potentially triggering some regrowth. The good news is that such regrowth still tends to be significantly less dense compared to the hair growth before laser hair removal.

   If you’re already trying to get pregnant, laser hair removal will have to wait until after both birth and breastfeeding. Additionally, it’s good to wait a few additional months, to allow the hormones in your body to find a new equilibrium - this will ensure more consistent results.

Maya Adivi

Maya Adivi is a freelance writer with over a decade of experience working in the beauty industry. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a makeup artist and facialist with expertise in performing a broad range of advanced treatments. She champions an evidence-based approach to beauty, prioritizing real data over buzzwords or myths. She brings that love for science and research when writing for Evertone.

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Maya Adivi

Maya Adivi is a freelance writer with over a decade of experience working in the beauty industry. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a makeup artist and facialist with expertise in performing a broad range of advanced treatments. She champions an evidence-based approach to beauty, prioritizing real data over buzzwords or myths. She brings that love for science and research when writing for Evertone.