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 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, 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.