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It's probably fine to have electrolysis during pregnancy, but it's a good idea to be familiar with the types of electrolysis so you can choose the safest process.
There are three types of electrolysis used for hair removal: galvanic, thermolysis, and blend electrolysis.
Galvanic electrolysis passes a direct electric current through a needle that's inserted into the hair follicle. This process produces a chemical reaction that destroys the hair follicle. Galvanic electrolysis is an older, time-consuming process that's not used much anymore.
Thermolysis (also known as short-wave or radio-frequency energy) involves passing a vibrating current of high-frequency radio energy down a needle into the hair follicle. The vibration produces heat in the needle, which destroys the hair follicle. This process is the one used most commonly today.
Blend electrolysis is a combination of galvanic and thermolysis procedures.
We don't have any scientific studies on the safety of electrolysis during pregnancy, but because galvanic electrolysis involves passing a direct electric current into the body, it's not recommended during pregnancy. For the same reason, blend electrolysis isn't the best choice either.
Don't worry too much if you had galvanic or blend electrolysis during your pregnancy, though. There's very little chance that it caused any harm to you or your baby, especially if the procedure was done in the facial area.
Thermolysis doesn't involve an electric current, so it's the preferred electrolysis process during pregnancy.
Because your skin is stretched and tender, it's best to avoid all types of electrolysis in the third trimester of pregnancy, especially in the breast and abdominal areas.
In particular, if you plan to breastfeed, you won't want to have electrolysis on your breasts (especially around the nipples) during the last part of pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because the breasts are sensitive during and after pregnancy. Plus, your baby sucking on the skin around the nipples could be painful if you've recently had electrolysis on your breasts.
The bottom line: Although there's no scientific safety data about electrolysis during pregnancy, the procedure has been around for more than 100 years, and with no reported cases of harmful effects on pregnant women. So if you've had excess facial hair for some time and really want to get rid of it during your pregnancy, the risks are probably very small, especially if thermolysis is used.
If you choose to have hair removed now rather than wait, make sure your electrologist is licensed. Better still, ask your dermatologist for a recommendation. Some dermatologists have a licensed electrologist on staff.
If you've only noticed you're hairier than usual since you got pregnant, I recommend waiting until after your baby is born to get electrolysis. That excess hair is caused by higher levels of hormones during pregnancy and will probably go away on its own after your baby arrives. If the hair really bothers you, consider shaving or tweezing in the meantime.
How to get rid of excess body hair when you're pregnant.