This is what expectant mothers need to know about getting botox and fillers during pregnancy.
Thinking about doing some Botox or getting some Fillers?
Botox and Fillers are popular facial treatments that improve features of a person’s skin that would otherwise be untreatable. These cosmetic procedures have been around for quite some time but there is still misperception as to how Botox and Fillers can benefit an individual. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that can affect a woman’s skin. Many pregnant women feel drained and unappealing, as opposed to feeling youthful and looking more refreshed. These are the main reasons pregnant women may consider signing up for botox or fillers. Are there risks involved in using injectables during this unsettling time? Let’s take a look.
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What Is Botox
According to Medical News Today, Botox, which stands for botulinum toxin, is a protein that freezes skin muscles to minimize skin wrinkles or to treat certain muscle conditions. Originally, Botox was designed to treat problems with the eye muscles in 1977, and in 1989, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it for cosmetic procedures. The 10-minute facial treatment that has changed the face of beauty is innovative for its capacity to eliminate facial wrinkles.
How Does Botox Work?
For aesthetic purposes, Botox is injected into the soft tissues of facial expressions to relax the muscles and to prevent them from flexing and creating lines with age. Botox can also be used to soften the muscles that sag the face to give a lifting outcome. The lifting happens when the skin is smoothened out around the eyes, forehead, and mouth. Botox is generally considered to be a safe treatment with few exclusions including pregnancy and sporadic neurological conditions.
What Are Fillers?
The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) defines fillers, Dermal fillers, as gel-like injections on the skin that fill in wrinkles and make soft tissues on the skin appear fuller. Dermal fillers erase ageing lines around the eye, mouth, cheeks, and jawline, and can also remove smile lines. The treatment brings back the facial fullness that diminishes with age, and the results can last from months to years depending on the individual and the ingredients used.
How Do Fillers Work?
There are several types of fillers including fat transfer, permanent fillers, collagen-stimulating fillers, and hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, which are the most common types of fillers.
HA is a naturally occurring chemical in the body that is injected in wrinkled areas to add volume and restore the skin. Once injected, the chemical helps fill in wrinkles that appear with age and skin injury.
Dermal fillers are considered inactive medical devices that do not require a doctor’s prescription but can be harmful during pregnancy, or when the ingredients used cause allergic reactions.
Are Botox And Fillers Safe During Pregnancy?
Little research has been done on the safety of Botox and Dermal fillers during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but, as stated by The Doctors, it is best to stay away from these cosmetic treatments if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
Because the risks are not clear, doctors do not administer Botox or filler injections for the reason that they do not know that the treatments are safe. With this in mind, some pregnant women do get Botox treatments during their early weeks of pregnancy without knowing that they are pregnant. Although the neurotoxins found in Botox are not recommended for pregnant mothers, there is no evidence that the chemical leaves the facial tissues and circulate through the body.
Likewise, Dermal fillers are complete no-no’s during pregnancy, Hyaluronic acid is produced by the body and not considered harmful to an unborn child. However, Dr. Daniel Roshan, an OB/GYN and medical expert at NYU School of Medicine, thinks it is wise to get it wrong on the side of caution.
Botox And Fillers Are Not FDA Approved During Pregnancy
The FDA does not approve the use of Botox and Dermal fillers in pregnant or breastfeeding women. Consequently, cosmetic surgeons avoid administering Botox and Fillers injections to cases that are not approved by the regulating authority, including patients who are not of legal age.
Sometimes, due to the increased levels of pregnancy hormones, swelling, blood flow, and body fluids in a pregnant woman’s body, women may have naturally enlarged lip sizes, and going for Botox and Fillers may not be a good idea, at least until a few weeks after the baby is born.
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