Is Laser Hair Removal Safe for Pregnant Women?

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Laser Hair Removal During Pregnancy

There is no specific research stating that it is unsafe to receive laser hair removal treatments while pregnant. It is advisable to refrain from receiving these treatments during pregnancy due to the lack of knowledge of the effects it may have on the fetus. If you do choose to proceed with the treatments then it is advised to avoid the abdomen as well as the breasts if you will be breast feeding. Always consult with your health care provider before making these decisions.



Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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LHR pregnancy

LASER hair removal is typically not performed on pregnancy since there is not enough information on its effects on either the mother or the baby. In addition, there is a surge of progesterone and other hormones during pregnancy which can lead to unwanted hair growth. Although probably not harmful, it is probably best practice to resume your LHR treatments after pregnancy.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 162 reviews

Better to wait

Although there hasn't been any research indicating that laser hair removal can harm you or the fetus, it's always better to be on the safe side and avoid any unnecessary treatments while pregnant.

Michael Constantin Gartner, DO
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 137 reviews

Laser Hair Removal and Pregnancy

It is advised that pregnant women abstain from laser hair removal treatments. The effects of the laser on pregnancy and the fetus is unknown, but it is wise not to take the risk.

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

LHR and pregnancy

Unfortunately, the only thing I would recommend would be shaving during the pregnancy. Although we don't know what the affect of Laser  is on the fetus, Laser Hair Removal should wait until after delivery.

Sofia Rubbani, MD
Tucson Ophthalmologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

No Laser Hair Removal during pregnancy

No lasers should be used during pregnancy. Only shaving, waxing and threading are your options. In fact, a topical anesthetic is typically put on to make the treatment more comfortable and if you are breast feeding, this is not allowed. 

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Laser Hair Removal during pregnancy

While laser energy is non-mutagenic (non-cancer causing), it is not advisable to undertake any laser treatments during pregnancy. There is no research to show that there may be harm to the fetus, but would not recommend it so as to err on the side of caution.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Pregnancy and Laser Hair Removal: Is laser a good idea during pregnancy

Lasers should not be used during pregnancy. Period.  The fetus should not be exposed to any elective risk, whether theoretical or realized.  Hair removal during pregnancy should be limited to waxing and threading.

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

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