Pregnancy and Fractional Resurfacing

Fractional Resurfacing is a laser technology used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and unusual pigmentation of the skin. Although the procedure is safe for most skin types, you should not have the procedure performed if you are pregnant. There is no data indicating the procedure is harmful to pregnant women and their unborn children; however, the effects on pregnant women have not been sufficiently studied.

Fractional Resurfacing works by treating the dermis (layers located below the surface.) Small wounds are created by heat in the dermis. By wounding the skin, the body reacts by repairing the damaged area. This repair process encourages the production of new collagen. Over the weeks following the procedure, your skin will become brighter, younger and healthier looking.

Reasons to Wait until after Pregnancy

Pregnancy affects every woman differently. The hormonal changes in your body may affect the appearance of your skin. Some of these conditions continue throughout the duration of the pregnancy. Hyper-pigmentation occurs in many women. Specific regions of the body are susceptible to darkening.

Melasma, also known as “the mask of pregnancy” develops in some women. This can be treated after pregnancy. Acne is also caused by pregnancy. This is a condition that may resolve on its own after the pregnancy. For this reason, it is best to wait until after you have given birth.

There is no way to determine how pregnancy will affect your skin, or for how long. The hormonal and emotional changes are unique to every woman. Financially, it may be wise to postpone any treatments until after your pregnancy. Hormonal changes are ongoing, and you may not experience the results you desire. There are alternative treatments that can be performed during pregnancy. Consult with your doctor to determine which treatments and procedures are right for you.

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