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Can You Get Laser Hair Removal While Pregnant?3 min read

Laser Hair Removal FAQS


Melanie Schwarz is a registered nurse who works closely with each of our patients to provide the quality treatment they deserve for optimal results.

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For many areas of cosmetic surgery, there are countless questions that seem too uncomfortable to ask anyone. But there is no topic too intimate or too awkward to ask, especially if it is causing anxiety for you. If your doctor’s bedside manner makes you feel embarrassed, find a new doctor! You should be completely at ease with your doctor and their entire team.

With all that being said, we are here to deal with four frequently asked questions about laser hair removal in relation to what might be considered embarrassing or at the very least, unusual circumstances. Can you get laser hair removal when pregnant? While on your period? If you have hemorrhoids? Read on to learn everything you ever wanted to know about laser hair removal.

Can You Have Laser Hair Removal When Pregnant?

Pregnancy hormones do some crazy things to your body – including increased body hair, body hair in new places, or thicker, more pigmented hair in already developed areas.  So is it safe to head to a cosmetic surgeon or nurse for laser hair removal? 

No official studies have evaluated whether or not laser hair removal will affect an unborn baby, and so most doctors will recommend that you avoid laser hair removal until after your child has been born. Some doctors are okay doing laser hair removal during your pregnancy, but recommend avoiding your breasts as it may affect breastfeeding, and the abdomen as well. Talk to your doctor and ask about their policy for laser hair removal for pregnant women.

Can You Get Laser Hair Removal with a Sun Tan?

Your summer tan does have an impact on your decision to have laser hair removal. Sun-exposure, or even a tan from a tanning bed, causes your skin to be more sensitive. Laser hair removal targets the pigmented follicle root beneath the surface of the skin and does not generally cause discomfort, but if the skin is already sensitive, it may become a painful situation. Most doctors recommend avoiding sun exposure for two weeks before your laser hair removal.

Can You Get Laser Hair Removal While You Have Hemorrhoids?

Is it possible to have laser hair removal done if you have hemorrhoids. Short answer? In most situations, yes. If you are having laser hair removal on your bikini area, it is not likely that the area that the hemorrhoids are in will be affected. If the hemorrhoids are severe or are unusually placed, it may be a good idea to mention your situation to your doctor, and ask for their opinion.

Are You Able to Have Laser Hair Removal While on Your Period?

Are you able to have laser hair removal done while you are on your period? Definitely yes! But there’s a few things to keep in mind. Assuming you are going to have a Brazilian laser hair removal, it is best to make sure you have a fresh tampon in before your appointment. For all other types of laser hair removal, many women experience an increase in the sensitivity of their body during their cycle or the week leading up to their period.

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