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There are hardly any studies on IPL in pregnancy. However IPL is generally a surface laser treatment, with hardly any deeper penetrative effect so it’s unlikely to cause any fetal effect.
To put it in perspective, fetal congenital abnormalities has a background rate of about 3% in the general population and most other pregnancy complications are due to underlying medical illness in the mum eg. uncontrolled diabetes, hypertension, obesity.
The likelihood of external factors on baby are usually minuscule in normal circumstances unless for eg. the mum drinks or smokes or uses drugs heavily.
Having said that issues like bleeding, miscarriage are more common in first trimester, so we would suggest to avoid unnecessary treatments in the first trimester or to use alternative methods of hair removal … of which there are many …
But no there is no proven link between the use of IPL and fetal effect in pregnancy.
Hope that helps!!
Dr Jasmine Mohd
Whatever Dr Jasmine said is completely right 🙂
There are no studies about the effects of lasers/IPL during pregnancy. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is generally super safe, as it’s just visible light (like sunlight) that’s given at a high energy. The light does not penetrate further than the skin.
There’s no radiation or potential harm to internal organs, or your baby.
However, most doctors would generally refrain from doing IPL during pregnancy, as skin hyperpigmentation/melasma is more likely while pregnant. This is due to hormonal fluctuation.
It’s probably best to wait till several months after delivery to get any sort of laser or IPL treatments.