Most mothers-to-be already know the basic do’s and don'ts of pregnancy: Get plenty of rest, no smoking and no drinking — but what about cosmetic procedures like Botox? While you’re pregnant, a trip to the spa can be an opportunity for much-needed pampering. However, some treatments such as microdermabrasion and laser treatments may be harmful to you and/or your baby, so it is important to do your homework so you know which ones to avoid.
“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. Below are some common—and vital—questions that moms-to-be have asked Dr. Glatt many times over during his tenure as a plastic surgeon.
Can I Get a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels involve the application of different types of acids to the surface of the skin to exfoliate the top layers and freshen up the tone and texture of the skin. 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.
Can I Get BOTOX?
BOTOX are extremely safe and involves very localized injections into specific targeted areas. BOTOX does not spread to distant sites and is not located in the bloodstream. Regardless, the effects on potential pregnancies are not known. General consensus is to stay away from Botox while pregnant.
Can I Get Fillers?
Restylane and Juvederm are localized injections of a natural hyaluronic acid fillers to smooth out deeper lines and furrows. 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.
Can I Get Laser treatments for brown spots and blood vessels (such as Fraxel)?
Although melasma (brown discoloration of the skin) is a common occurrence during pregnancy, it is a generally recommended that one should wait until after having your baby to have any kind of laser treatment.
Can I Get a Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a physical exfoliation in which tiny spherical crystals are whisked over the skin and vacuumed away. This procedure is perfectly safe during pregnancy.
In general, any “non-essential” treatment should not be performed during pregnancy. 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!
Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS is a premier, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon serving the New Jersey and New York Metropolitan Area. In addition to a loyal following of patients in the tri-state region, people often travel from other parts of the country to see Dr. Glatt. His reputation as a stellar surgeon who takes immense pride in his ability to combine the highest level of technical expertise with exceptional artistic vision and a keen aesthetic sense in order to produce outstanding, yet natural looking results has gained him national acclaim.