Is laser hair removal for you?

Laser hair removal has come a long way and has been on the market for over 20 years. It has also been approved by FDA as a permanent hair reduction treatment. Advanced technology makes it even suitable for all skin tones and most hair colours.

One of the key benefits of laser hair removal is that it has long term results and potentially saves money and time as opposed to shaving, waxing, threading and epilating. There are also medical benefits such as the prevention of ingrown hairs as over time hair becomes thinner and lighter decreasing the likelihood of the ingrown hair happening again. It also permanently prevents its recurrence and can potentially serve to alleviate the problem.

Today’s women have to juggle many commitments and it’s no different during pregnancy, as I know from my own personal experience; work, travel, attending various events, and so forth. Nevertheless, during pregnancy, it is natural for women to want to maintain their best look and have smooth skin.

For every mother to be, it is such an exciting journey when she is expecting her child, but it also comes with many health-related challenges, for both the child and the mother. Concerns include everything from what to do and what not to do, what to eat and what not to eat, whether to exercise or not and what skin care regimen is safe.

It is the norm for many women to experience changes in her circumstances or with her body and increased amounts of hormones can sometimes cause problems with the skin and might stimulate hair growth. Because of these changes, women often want to have hair removal or skin treatments.

This is where the question arises: What is the best way to get rid of unwanted hair and is it possible to have laser hair removal and skin peels during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

Doctors do not recommend having laser hair removal treatment during your pregnancy and waxing or using depilatory creams can cause an allergic reaction.

As far as skin peels are concerned the same is true during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The acids might travel through the skin to the blood supply so it might be better to postpone skin peel treatments.

Your doctor is the best person to help you decide when your hormones have returned to normal and your skin is ready to receive skin or laser treatments.

As a Cosmetologist and laser therapist I suggest being cautious when it comes to the health and welfare of mother and child.

Most importantly, enjoy pregnancy and breastfeeding; you will have time afterwards to think about skin treatments.

Article by Leila Yusapova


Leila is available at Chelsea Pharmacy Medical clinic