From Botox to peels: Safety of cosmetic procedures during pregnancy
April 19, 2012
Is it safe to get Botox during pregnancy? What about a chemical peel, microdermabrasion or laser treatments? “The decision to undergo any cosmetic treatment while pregnant should always be made by your doctor, who must determine if the benefits outweigh any potential risks,” advises Dr. Brian Glatt, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in New Jersey.
Between the morning sickness and sleepless nights, there could be plenty to frown about during pregnancy – but should you get Botox to smooth out frown lines? “The effects on potential pregnancies are not known. General consensus is to stay away from Botox while pregnant,” advices Dr. Glatt, who says that even though Botox is injected into specific targeted areas, it is not worth the risk.
A chemical peel involves different types of acids apply to the surface of your skin to exfoliate the top layers and to improve the tone and textures of the skin – but are they safe during pregnancy?
“Superficial peels such as lactic and glycolic acid are very safe, but should not be done during pregnancy secondary to unknown risks regarding absorption of chemical products into the bloodstream and potential exposure to the baby,” advises Dr. Glatt.
In addition, he suggests staying away from fillers until after pregnancy. “Restylane and Juvederm are localized injections of a natural hyaluronic acid fillers to smooth out deeper lines and furrows,” he says. “These are likely safe during pregnancy, but usually unnecessary as the face typically plumps up on its own while pregnant! Best to stay away from any injections during pregnancy as the safety has not been proven.”
Many women develop melasma or brown discoloration of the skin, during pregnancy, however Dr. Glatt advises to wait until pregnancy to have any type of laser treatment. Stick with the sunscreen and wide-brimmed hat to keep sunspots at bay until after pregnancy. Find out how to safely treat and prevent sun spots during pregnancy here >>
There is one procedure, however, that is perfectly safe during pregnancy. “Microdermabrasion is a physical exfoliation in which tiny spherical crystals are whisked over the skin and vacuumed away,” he said. “This procedure is perfectly safe during pregnancy.”
If you are unsure if a procedure is safe during pregnancy, it is best to wait until pregnancy. “In general, any “non-essential” treatment should not be performed during pregnancy,” Dr. Glatt says. “There is very little information about safety information regarding the developing child and how any of these treatments may affect the baby while the mother is pregnant. Best to hold off until after your baby is born!”