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Are Botox and Dermal Filler Injections Safe During Pregnancy?

March 9, 2018

This is a very common question asked by many of our patients. Although most doctors don’t perform Botox/Dysport or dermal filler injections on pregnant women or women that are breast feeding, there are no formal scientific studies proving that these procedures are harmful to the baby. There are no studies because what pregnant woman or breast-feeding mom would want to be the guinea pig to prove or disprove this research question!?

Even though there is no clinical evidence to prove whether Botox/Dysport or dermal fillers are safe during pregnancy or breast feeding, there are also no case reports of any complications or adverse reactions when patients have heedlessly received dermal fillers or Botox/Dysport while pregnant. For women that regularly receive Botox/Dysport or dermal filler treatments, it is somewhat common that they accidently get a treatment not knowing they are pregnant.

In general, both Botox/Dysport and dermal filler, such as Restylane or Juvederm, are very safe, however, since clinical studies cannot be ethically performed on this question, most doctors advise against these procedures during pregnancy simply out of precaution. Energy devices such as laser hair removal, ultherapy, laser resurfacing, etc. are also not recommended during pregnancy or breast feeding as well.  While this is generally true, in some cases, after the patient is made fully aware of the lack of data on this subject, they can elect to proceed with these types of treatments.  That decision would be very much up to the patient.

To learn more, schedule your appointment with Dr. Leong at one of his 6 office locations in the Pittsburgh area.

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