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So, you’re expecting – congratulations on the start of a beautiful new journey! And while you’re on that journey, it’s totally natural to crave a little pep-me-up or mood booster in the form of a skin-loving treatment. 

After all, pregnancy doesn’t always equate to having ‘that glow’ – instead, it can bring hormonal changes to your skin, such as dryness, breakouts, hyperpigmentation and dullness. So, we understand your desire to address these new, uncomfortable concerns. 

But it’s important to consider safety first and ask, ‘what treatments can you get done when you’re pregnant?’ Arm yourself with the correct information and enjoy your skin treatments in the knowledge that they won’t cause any harm or complication to you or your baby during pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

Read on to find out exactly which treatments we’ve given the all-clear for during pregnancy and get ready for some quality ‘me time’ – and glowing skin.

Why You Should Think Twice About Your Treatment

First though, let’s take a scientific look at why there are risks and side effects to consider when undergoing cosmetic treatments during pregnancy. 

There is a myriad of physiological changes that happen because of pregnancy, and these include the way your skin behaves. You may find you’re more prone to breakouts, have increased sensitivity or dryness, or changes in texture and tone. 

It’s also common to see mottled patches of hyperpigmentation forming across the cheeks, forehead and upper lip. Clinically named melasma, this skin condition is also known as the ‘mask of pregnancy’. 

Skin sensitivity is a very real thing while you are pregnant; what your skin used to be fine with, is suddenly enough to freak out your complexion. Pregnant skin must be treated delicately, and some treatments involving intense chemical peels or resurfacing will be too harsh on the epidermis at this time. 

When considering cosmetic treatments while pregnant, it’s crucial that you are taking dual responsibility for their effects – not only on yourself, but also on your baby. 

Reasons why some treatments are not safe during pregnancy: 

  • They contain active ingredients like Vitamin A (retinol/retinal) or Salicylic Acid (a strong BHA) 
  • They involve skin penetration, which can leave you vulnerable to infection
  • They require lengthy healing, which could detract from the resources your body needs for growing your baby 
  • Treatments that require numbing are a no-go; we cannot apply topical anaesthetic to pregnant or breastfeeding patients 
  • Any laser or energy-based device LED treatment, as research is currently limited on their safety and efficacy during patient pregnancy 
  • Hormones play a huge role and can often impact efficacy of the treatment 

Please note that these are only considerations for our pregnant or breastfeeding patients. We recommend that you always check with your GP or obstetrician before introducing any new treatments or products to your regimen. 

Pregnancy-Safe Skin Treatments at Contour Clinics

Now for the fun part. Let’s talk treatments! Specifically, the treatments that get the go-ahead from professional dermal clinicians. 

Our expert and qualified team of Skin & Laser Therapists have carefully rounded up the treatments that are completely safe for you to have while pregnant or breastfeeding. 

We will also tailor any of these treatments to suit your unique needs during this time, as your skin moves through varying states and phases. That means your treatment journey with us is bespoke, and always prioritises safety for you and your baby.  

 

These treatments are entirely pregnancy-safe: 

The Rehydrating Peel 

This peel uses lactic acid, which is already naturally found in the body, making this a truly pregnancy-safe chemical peel that’s suitable for all skin types. 

As an ingredient, lactic acid is a very gentle, low-strength, non-irritating AHA that’s safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

A walk-in luxury treatment, this is a universally pleasing peel that deeply nourishes and hydrates your skin to restore its natural balance, with zero ingredients to be concerned about while pregnant or breastfeeding. 

If you’ve noticed your skin becoming drier during pregnancy, this will especially provide sweet relief, as hydration is crucial for keeping skin happy during biophysical changes and bodily stressors brought on by pregnancy. 

The Signature Facial 

Our entry-level walk-in facial treatment is designed to leave you glowing, and it’s the go-to for expectant mothers – everything in this facial is pregnancy and breastfeeding safe. 

The experience includes a deeply clarifying yet gentle exfoliation (physical, not chemical), circulation-boosting and collagen-promoting oxygenation facial, a moisture-restorative peptide-infused mask, and lymphatic draining using ice globes to de-puff the face (that last step is a godsend for pregnancy-provoked water retention). 

The choice between a relaxing scalp massage or a neck and decolletage scrub is yours. This facial has zero downtime and it’s suitable for all skin types – even those experiencing sensitivity during pregnancy. 

The Resurfacing Peel 

This is a non-chemical peel (no exfoliating acids) that utilises physical exfoliation (not chemical) to resurface and rejuvenate the skin. 

Microscopic fragments of natural coral are the star ingredient here; this performs the physical exfoliation action in this advanced facial, as well as provide a microneedling-like effect that continues to benefit the skin beyond your appointment. 

By stimulating the dermis with this fine-textured exfoliant, collagen and elastin are triggered into production – those lovely, youth-boosting elements that aid the construction of healthy, bouncy, firm skin. 

Meanwhile, the surface reaps benefits too; by promoting skin cell renewal below, the outer-most layer is triggered into a shedding phase, lifting away dullness and irregular pigmentation to help correct uneven skin tone and texture. 

Suitable for treating sun damage and hyperpigmentation, it’s also a top choice for treating melasma – a tricky skin discolouration, not to mention a common affliction during and after pregnancy. 

It’s good to be aware that this is a highly stimulating peel and does have an abrasive feel, but rest assured that we will expertly tailor this treatment to your skin sensitivity level. Depending on your initial skin condition, mild flaking may occur for a short time afterwards. 

We will provide you with a soothing, protective skincare balm to apply post-treatment, which is also a pregnancy-safe product. 

 

We can also perform these treatments, with some caution: 

Dermaplaning 

Dermaplaning manually resurfaces your skin using physical exfoliation (not chemical) to remove buildup of dead skin cells, excess sebum, dirt, and fine vellus hair, resulting in a smoother, more evenly textured skin surface. 

The Dermaplaning Facial at Contour Clinics usually integrates a mild chemical peel to clarify at a deeper level, but for our pregnant or breastfeeding patients, we can forgo this step. 

The dermaplaning action is sufficient for resurfacing your skin without the involvement of active ‘chemical’ ingredients, still achieving that smooth, even-textured surface. 

The removal of vellus hair can be particularly beneficial for pregnant women who are experiencing an increase in fine facial hair as a response to hormonal fluctuation. 

This facial is completed with a luxurious hydrojelly mask to immediately calm and soothe – an important element for extra sensitive skin. 

The result is skin that feels renewed and silky smooth, all without the need for chemical exfoliation. Uneven skin texture is corrected, enabling makeup to sit flawlessly. 

Skin Needling 

Skin needling, also called microneedling, is a collagen-stimulating treatment. Using a series of tiny, ultra fine, shallow needles, the treatment purposefully causes a controlled microdamage to the dermis, prompting the body’s natural healing response: to make skin-building proteins. 

This triggered production of proteins – collagen and elastin to be exact – leads to improved skin integrity and increased skin cell turnover, all of which promotes renewal and rejuvenation for your skin. The result is healthier, refreshed, re-plumped, more youthful looking skin that glows. 

Skin needling is used for treating fine line and wrinkles, as the renewed skin can lessen the appearance of how severely those creases are etched; it can treat scarring and stretch marks for the same reason (great news for pregnant women). 

Where we need to be careful is the depth of the microneedling. During pregnancy, it’s important that we only perform this treatment with shallow penetration – so that the microneedles only enter the skin to about 0.5mm. 

It’s also important to note that radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is not suitable for expectant mothers, as there is limited research on how this energy-based procedure could affect pregnancies, and therefore its safety is not guaranteed. 

Attempting DIY at-home microneedling treatments is a big no-no – especially while pregnant. There’s a high risk that you will puncture the skin too deeply or improperly sanitise your equipment, which can lead to infection, skin damage, and other complications. 

That’s why it’s so important to entrust your skin needling treatments with a fully qualified and experienced professional. Our dedicated team of Skin & Laser Therapists are experts in personalising treatments for mothers-to-be and will provide your skin needling treatment with the highest level of safety for mother and baby. 

Cosmetic Treatments You Should Avoid During Pregnancy

Look, we get it – you’re missing your regular cosmetic treatments, and wouldn’t it be a nice confidence boost to have your usual lip fillers and anti-wrinkle combo? It’s totally natural to wonder, “Can you get cosmetic work done while pregnant?” 

Now, we’re sorry to say that during your pregnancy, and during breastfeeding, all injectable treatments are off the table. The ingredients in these treatments were fine for you to have in your body before, but now we are considering the life growing inside you, and everything that goes into your body now affects that life. 

Read: Can You Get Filler While Pregnant?

While you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is strongly recommended that you abstain from all cosmetic injectable treatments. That includes dermal filler, anti-wrinkle, bioremodeller, collagen-stimulator, slimming injections, and any other procedure involving injections. 

This is not only due to the risk of infection that comes with all skin-piercing treatments, but also to the fact that some amount of healing is necessary with these treatments as the skin and surrounding tissues recover. We do not want to detract your body’s healing resources from where they are needed during this time: growing your baby. 

Also included in the list of treatments to avoid while pregnant are chemical peels that involve aggressive active ingredients, as well as laser treatments, as there is insufficient research on their effect on pregnancies. 

Speaking of ingredients, it’s important to be aware of what you’re putting on your skin while you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as this can have a direct impact on your baby. 

Read: Skincare Dos and Don’ts Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know

Balancing Beauty and Safety with Contour Clinics

Here at Contour Clinics, all treatments are performed with your comfort and safety as our top priority. 

We are committed to using advanced technologies, industry-leading techniques, and strict safety protocols. 

This means you can be confident and secure in the knowledge that your treatments have been professionally approved for their safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

We always encourage our pregnant or breastfeeding patients to consult their GP or obstetrician before proceeding with any treatment, or before incorporating new skincare products into their regimen. 

Before you go ahead with your treatment, we welcome you to the clinic for a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced and knowledgeable Skin & Laser Therapists. 

These dermal experts will educate and advise you on your options for pregnancy-safe skin treatments, so you can safely enjoy your appointments with confidence and peace of mind. 

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