If you have never had this procedure, there are likely to be questions about your individual needs and preferences. The most common questions are: Is laser hair removal safe in the pubic area? Is laser hair removal safe during pregnancy?
This blog will answer all your questions and concerns regarding laser hair removal safety, so you can make an informed decision about whether to have the procedure performed.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal is performed using a medical-grade laser that emits heat and light. The beam is directed at the hair follicles and does not reach the skin. Each hair’s follicles will be permanently destroyed over several treatments, which prevents hair from growing back.
It is important to target the right point to disrupt the hair’s growth cycle. Each hair will be in a different stage of its growth cycle when you start your treatment. To treat each hair at the correct stage of their growth, you will need multiple sessions. We recommend that you schedule 6-8 appointments, spaced approximately 4 to 6 weeks apart.
Side effects such as redness and skin irritation usually disappear in a few days. You can soothe them with an aloe-vera-based moisturiser or gel.
Laser Hair Removal Is Safe for the Pubic/Bikini Area
There are always risks involved in any type of cosmetic procedure. It is important to consult with a qualified professional before you proceed.
Although there is a slight risk of skin colour changes, irritation, breakouts, or burns, the chances of such side effects or complications are very low.
Laser hair removal is not believed to cause infertility. The laser penetrates your skin less than one millimetre. It will also not reach your ovaries, or any other areas where damage can be done.
The procedure can be safely performed by highly trained experts, such as our doctors at Runway Aesthetics.
Is laser hair removal safe for pregnant women?
The body’s hormone production increases during pregnancy. High levels of estrogen or androgen can cause hair growth in areas you’ve never had before, particularly in the third trimester. Pregnancy can also affect the hair’s growth cycle. This may delay the ‘falling-out’ phase, which will result in thicker and more hair. Your hormones will return to normal in 3 to 6 months after having a baby. The same goes for your hair.
While lasers can be safely used during pregnancy to treat medical conditions such as kidney stones and other issues, no studies have been done to prove their safety. Scientists don’t want to expose babies and mothers to potentially dangerous processes. Therefore, it’s unlikely that any research will be done to prove it safe.
Doctors and dermatologists generally consider laser hair removal safe, but they advise pregnant women to avoid it because they don’t know enough data.
We recommend waiting until after your baby is born to ensure that your hair grows back to its normal state.
Is Laser Hair Removal Safe for Dark Skin?
Laser hair removal is not effective for dark skin tones. This was true even though it was common knowledge in the past. Thanks to technological advances, people with darker skin can have laser hair removal performed.
Laser hair removal works by focusing light on the hair follicles. Lasers target the pigment within each hair follicle to remove them. People with dark skin may have problems because the laser could target the pigment (melanin), in the skin, along with the hair shaft. Hyperpigmentation (dark spots due to excessive melanin production) or hypopigmentation (where the skin is lighter in patches) could result.
It is important to find a clinic that can treat different skin types and has the appropriate equipment. If you are concerned about hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, ask our experts to perform a patch test.
People with darker skin may require additional treatments. You can read our entire blog about laser removal for darkened skin here.
The Key Takeaways
- Laser hair removal is the most efficient method of hair removal and can be used anywhere on the body and face.
- Laser hair removal is safe even for sensitive areas such as the bikini/pubic or face.
- Pregnancy laser hair removal is NOT recommended. There isn’t enough evidence to support its safety.
- Laser hair removal is safe for people with dark skin. However, it is important to consult an expert who has the correct equipment.
Please contact our Derby Clinic to arrange a free consultation with one of our expert doctors for advice on how laser hair removal can work for you.