IPL (intense pulsed light) is a new technology that can help remove unwanted hair permanently. This process is similar to laser in that it stops the hair follicle from producing more hair. Once the hair falls out, then hopefully the follicle will produce no more. IPL is one kind of laser treatment which is also known as photo rejuvenation treatment. However, IPL process is not suitable for breastfeeding or pregnant women.
Pregnant women often have to forgo traditional hair removal methods like IPL, waxing, shaving, and creams because their bodies can have adverse reactions to the chemicals used in those treatments. Additionally, since pregnancy causes changes in hormone levels, the skin can be more sensitive during this time. As a result, many women opt for more natural methods of hair removal like sugaring or epilating during pregnancy.
A woman’s body goes through a lot of changes when she’s pregnant. Along with other things, her skin becomes more sensitive and her level of progesterone hormone increases. That’s why some pregnant women develop thicker, darker hair on their stomachs. If a woman didn’t have hair in that area before, it can be scary and surprising to see it during pregnancy.
Pregnant women have experienced many adverse effects in the process of IPL hair removal. As a result, it is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women to undergo this treatment. Research needs to be undertaken to determine how pregnant women can have permanent hair removal during this period. Until then, expectant mothers should not visit any hair removal clinic for treatments such as IPL, laser or waxing. Other hair removal treatments, such as shaving, can be performed if done carefully. Like all aspects of life, there are some less reputable individuals out there that will still take your money and not advise you against such precautions. However, the vast majority of companies will inform you of the risks of certain hair removal techniques during pregnancy.
Many medical regulations stipulate that pregnant women should not take any medicines or submit to any medical treatments which could adversely affect the unborn baby. Certain hair removal treatments fall into this category and should be avoided. If a hair removal company permits such treatments, they could be sued.
IPL treatment during pregnancy is safe for the fetus. IPL works by the thermo effect of light that penetrates no more than 6 mm, which means it can only affect the skin and not penetrate any further into the body.
Before taking any hair removal treatment during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, it’s important to discuss this with your doctor first. This is to help ensure that the treatment is safe for both you and your baby.