Beauty treatments during pregnancy – which ones are safe? Beauty Therapist Alex Lazcano shares the ins and outs of beautician appointments for expectant mums.
We’ve become so accustomed to our beauty routines, whether it’s a simple monthly wax, getting your lips done, or simply keeping your locks blonde. So, what happens when you fall pregnant? Do these important pieces of our life fall to the wayside? They don’t have to, here are some popular beauty treatments and whether or not they are safe during pregnancy.
Although it is considered safe as the heat from the laser only penetrates the dermis and hair follicles, some women choose to opt out during pregnancy. Majority of laser therapists are happy to laser you, however will recommend avoiding Brazilian, snail trail, anus and areolas.
When it comes to laser removal for vascular treatments including spider veins, varicose veins etc. it is not recommended or safe according to the Cosmetic College of Physicians Australia. Unfortunately, laser tattoo removal also falls under the no-no as the ink from the tattoo is absorbed into the blood stream and may be absorbed by the baby.
Waxing is completely safe however just as when you are on your period, your skin may be more sensitive so prepare for a bit of extra pain. It is also a good idea that as you come closer to your due date you ask for an experienced therapist for any intimate waxing as they will know how to position you in a comfortable and safe way during your wax.
Keep your pearly whites white by using home treatments which are safe if the concentration of hydrogen peroxide is less than six percent. However, if you are wanting the treatment done by a professional with a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide it is better to wait until you have had your baby as there is not enough research to prove it is safe on pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Skin needling/dermal rolling
This treatment involves automated needles or a needle roller creating tiny punctures in the skin which stimulates collagen and elastin production. It is not recommended for pregnant women as the needles produce micro-injuries on the skin, which naturally causes a repair process to begin. This healing process and production of new collagen requires vitamins and nutrients to be utilised that would otherwise be reserved for the unborn child.
Botox and fillers
Injecting your body with a toxin seems to be an obvious no-no but many women forget that Botox is actually bacteria that causes Botulism. Reputable injectable nurses and cosmetic doctors will simply refuse the treatment because it may be unsafe on your growing bub.
When it comes to fillers same goes, Dr Ravi Jain of Riverbanks Wellness Clinic told Harpers Bazaar, “There is always a risk with any medical intervention – including dermal fillers. So why take a risk during one of the most precious times in your life? Also, weight and fluid balance can change during pregnancy and so how the fillers may look will change during pregnancy. I advise patients not to have any injectables unless absolutely necessary – i.e. for health reasons.”
Do not sit there unhappy that your colour has grown out and your roots are on display, it is perfectly safe to have your hair coloured. The dyes and chemicals used do not seep into the scalp making it a safe treatment. The fumes may be a bit much, if possible ask your stylist if you can take a quick break outside while your colour develops.
Keratin is a popular hair straightening treatment that is unfortunately not safe during pregnancy. Most chemical smoothing or perming treatments contain formaldehyde which can be absorbed and cause premature birth, congenital defects or miscarriage. There are hair straightening treatments that are formaldehyde-free so ask your hairdresser before you make your appointment what they have available.
Cosmetic tattooing is to be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding as these treatments carry some risk of infection due to the skin being broken. Another reason it isn’t recommended is that most tattooists will use an anaesthetic or numbing cream but these are not safe as they can enter the blood stream.