Botox is one of the most popular aesthetics treatments around the world. This non-invasive treatment can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help you look rested and more youthful. It can also be used as an excessive sweating treatment or to ease migraines. However, Botox in pregnancy is not recommended.
As an aesthetics doctor, my patients regularly ask me, “can I get Botox while pregnant?” Of course, it’s ultimately their choice. That said, Botox during pregnancy is considered a risk, and I like my patients to have all of the information.
Botox while pregnant – is it safe?
The short answer to this question – is “probably, yes.” Botox, which is the brand name for botulinum toxin, can help relax the nerves in the face. This prevents them from contracting and causing wrinkles. As a result, your face looks smoother and less wrinkled.
However, since we don’t have a large body of evidence about the safety of Botox while pregnant, it’s a risk. It would be unethical to inject known pregnant people with Botox just to study the effects. While some people get Botox when they are unknowingly pregnant, and everything is fine, we just don’t have enough data.
Researchers have conducted some animal studies, and the results are promising. It seems that the toxin does not cross the placenta and enter the foetus, but it’s still an unknown in humans.
Can you get Botox while pregnant?
I do not know of any doctors who will inject you with Botox if they know you are pregnant. In addition to the unknown risks, there is always a tiny chance of infection at the injection site.
There are a few other side effects of Botox – it can cause muscle weakness, minor bruising, and even difficulty swallowing (in rare cases). These could also cause complications in pregnancy.
The verdict? Since research is so limited, it’s just not worth the risk of getting Botox in pregnancy. Instead, focus on skincare, hydration, and rest to help your skin look its best. Get in touch for an online skincare consultation to find the right products for your needs.
Botox and Breastfeeding – Is it safe?
Now that we know Botox in pregnancy is not recommended, what about Botox and breastfeeding?
I’m afraid that it’s a lot of the same advice – things are simply too uncertain. Scientists don’t have enough research to determine if Botox will harm a foetus in utero. They also don’t know if it enters breast milk.
A few studies show that only trace amounts of Botox enter the bloodstream. However, scientists are not convinced it’s worth the risk. If you are concerned, speak to your doctor about whether Botox is a good idea.
If you’d like to ask more questions about whether you should consider Botox while you’re pregnant, I am happy to help. Just send me an email here or leave a comment below and I will get back to you.