I’m asked often whether or not a patient can continue their routine Botox and dermal filler touch ups during pregnancy. There is a lot of nuance regarding this topic, so read below to find out what’s best for mom and child!
Short Answer: No
The quick answer is no. There have been no long term studies with a large number of patients documenting the safety of these procedures in breastfeeding mothers or children, but any risk, even if it is virtually impossible, of affecting the milk in the breasts would not be recommended.
Dermal filler doesn’t really wander around your body like your typical “vanlife” explorer, so it should be safe to give in anyone who is breastfeeding. However, because of the unique nature of breast feeding and babies, along with the liability that exists in the US, I do not recommend it and I am pretty positive that any reputable injector would also not recommend it.
I am a huge “study” person and usually love following evidence based medicine, but there are no great studies that are prospective, placebo controlled, with a large sample size, that have been done studying this unique situation.
What the FDA Says
The FDA states on their website:
“ The safety of these products is unknown when used during pregnancy, while breastfeeding, and
in patients under 22 years of age.”
So, there you have it! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below!