Is hyaluronic filler safe during pregnancy?

Hyaluronic acid, a main ingredient found in injectable fillers such as Juvederm, is not considered harmful since it is something the body produces anyway, and some doctors even recommend it during pregnancy: dry skin is a common problem among pregnant women, and hyaluronic acid supplements help the skin to attract and retain. Should you use injectables such as Botox or dermal fillers during pregnancy, or can you? It's a common question at Parson Skin Center, as pregnant women are eager to make sure their baby is safe. Injectables and dermal fillers are not approved by the FDA for pregnant or breastfeeding women. However, if you received Botox or dermal fillers early in the first trimester before you knew you were pregnant or because of the lack of FDA approval, don't worry.

These cosmetic treatments are very unlikely to affect you or your baby in any way. Botox and fillers are popular facials that enhance a person's otherwise untreatable skin characteristics. Most dermal fillers last 6 to 12 months, but dissolving the filler before that time is also an option. Fillers typically last longer than collagen-based fillers and are also often preferred because the results can be modified and corrected, if necessary.

Again, there is no definitive data to support or refute the safety of injectable dermal fillers during pregnancy, nor is there a law prohibiting the use of fillers during pregnancy. There are several types of fillers, including fat transfer fillers, permanent fillers, collagen-stimulating fillers, and hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, which are the most common types of fillers. More than 3.4 million Americans receive fillers each year, but whether you're an experienced filler user or considering doing it for the first time, you shouldn't be among these patients if you're pregnant. In addition, many pregnant women already have enlarged lips, so opting for dermal fillers is usually not a good idea, especially if you prefer fillers that are durable.

There have not been extensive studies on the use of facial filler during this time, but there could be potential risks and side effects, especially for your baby. These fillers usually last longer than those based on collagen and are also sometimes preferred because filling “errors” can be more easily corrected.

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