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Is Laser Treatment Harmful During Pregnancy

Is Laser Treatment Harmful During Pregnancy

by: Dr. Monica Agarwal
Sr. Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology - Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Pregnancy is a phase in life when a woman’s body can go through numerous hormonal changes in the body. These hormonal changes can cause various skin and hair changes. One needs to be aware about the changes that your body may be going through. Each woman may respond differently to pregnancy. Some may complain of hair fall, while others may talk about more hair growth. If you are experiencing any abnormality, it is best advised that you consult a specialist at the earliest.

Hair growth and its effects during pregnancy:

  • Hair growth usually increases during pregnancy.
  • Hair becomes fuller and thicker, texture also changes.
  • Hair on the head feel great but there is increased hair growth on other areas of the body like face, chest, back, stomach and breast which is very problematic.
  • This effect is due to the hormonal changes that are happening in the body.

Laser and its effects during pregnancy:

Laser is used for many treatment purposes in dermatology and one of the most famous is laser hair removal. Laser causes thermal or mechanical damage to the hair follicle and hence removing it. There are no studies that evaluate the safety of laser hair removal during pregnancy. Because of this lack of information regarding effect on the fetus, it is best to avoid laser treatment during pregnancy. It is a cosmetic procedure and since risks involved are uncertain, it is best to avoid and wait till pregnancy is over.

Hair growth can become normal after pregnancy:

Good news is that this increased hair growth usually returns to normal after delivery once the hormones return to normal. Lasers are also usually not done during breastfeeding also. Other safer methods to remove hair can be used like waxing, shaving etc.

To conclude we can say that though pregnancy brings a lot of changes in your body some wanted and others unwanted, it is a very cherished phase of your life which will change many things for good mostly. So chill and enjoy, don’t fret these are all temporary changes, follow your doctor’s advise and don’t do anything which doesn’t feel right, always ask your doctor.

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