The nature of injectable wrinkle treatments like Botox, Juvederm, and Radiesse means that they require special consideration when a patient is pregnant. Because they are injected into the skin, harmful substances could be passed onto the baby through the mother’s body or through breast milk if she is breastfeeding.
Though today’s obstetricians don’t seem to know any research stating that Botox, Juvederm, or Restylane are harmful to pregnant women, they overwhelmingly recommend against it. The official position of hyaluronic acid dermal filler Juvederm in regards to the safety of their product during pregnancy or breastfeeding is that it “has not been established” – and with good reason. As it would be arguably unethical to purposely subject pregnant women to a substance that could harm their babies, studies regarding the safety of Botox, Juvederm, and Radiesse during pregnancy will likely never be carried out.
Most doctors would not recommend that their pregnant patients receive Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, or other injectable filler treatments until after the baby is born. Even then, there’s still no research on the effects of Botox while breastfeeding – so many Botox dermatologist Westchester doctors would advise against Botox until the baby is weaned. Physicians tend to err on the side of caution when there’s little evidence in regards to safety of a drug.
For wrinkle treatments New York’s expecting mothers may find that being pregnant is the only cosmetic procedure they need. Pregnancy often causes puffiness and water retention, meaning that some women will notice that wrinkles and previously sagging skin on the face are now fuller. Hormonal changes also improve the condition and appearance of skin and hair during pregnancy, giving a “glow” and removing the need for any cosmetic treatments until it’s completely safe.