As a new mom, you want to feel confident and comfortable in your skin. But unwanted body hair can put a damper on that. Laser hair removal is an effective, long-lasting solution to get smooth skin. However, is it safe to undergo laser treatments while breastfeeding your baby?
Ethos Spa totally understands your qualms, which is why we took the time to share all the facts about this specific concern.
The short answer is yes. Most experts agree that laser hair removal is safe during breastfeeding. While research specifically analyzing laser hair removal during breastfeeding may be limited, Dr. Soni wants to reassure you that in most cases, treatments are reasonably safe if done correctly.
However, he always advises having an open conversation with him to discuss what is appropriate for your individual circumstances. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to cosmetic treatments during the postpartum period.
Now let’s dive deeper into some of the key considerations around combining laser hair removal and breastfeeding:
By doing so, we can determine appropriate and more personalized treatment options and set realistic expectations.
Potential risks of laser hair removal while breastfeeding include skin irritation, pigmentation changes, pain sensitivity, and unknown effects on breast milk composition, but risks are considered low.
Here’s a closer look:
Yes, Brazilian laser hair removal is generally considered safe during breastfeeding as well. Although it may cause some discomfort in the treatment area, so we often leave it up to our patients whether they want to proceed – in line with our personalized approach.
Here are our reasons behind it:
Facial laser hair removal is likely low-risk during breastfeeding. Treating facial areas like the upper lip, chin, cheeks, or neckline will not impact breastfeeding or pose harm. Still, some numbing creams used could potentially enter breast milk, so caution is advised.
According to our experience, numbing creams may contain ingredients like lidocaine that can pass into breast milk in small amounts. While generally considered safe, caution should be exercised to prevent direct contact with the nipples/breast and wash thoroughly before feeding.
Of course, this only applies if your doctor will use numbing cream during the procedure. Rest assured that we offer better anesthetics at Ethos Spa.
The use of a diode laser for hair removal while breastfeeding has not been directly studied but is likely low-risk; however delaying treatments is recommended. With the lack of definitive evidence, we advise exercising caution when deciding to use it.
You may be interested to know that a 2015 study analyzed hair removal with an 805 nm diode laser on over 200 patients. It only labeled skin irritation as a common but typically temporary side effect.
There is no evidence that laser hair removal affects breastfeeding or breast milk. The light energy targets hair follicles without reaching breast tissue.
Underarm laser hair removal is safe during breastfeeding based on the general consensus among doctors, but postponing treatments allows hormones to stabilize, improving results.
At-home laser hair devices have not been studied for safety during breastfeeding. Given the plenty of unknown variables with regard to this procedure, we highly recommend opting for professional supervision.
Don’t let unwanted hair growth hamper your joy as a new mom. With the right precautions and Dr. Soni’s expert guidance, safe laser hair removal is possible during postpartum.
Let’s talk about options for your specific case. We’ll also gladly answer any follow-up questions you have. Contact us now!