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Is It Safe to Get BOTOX & Fillers While Breastfeeding?

July 31, 2023 2:59 pm

As a mama of an infant, taking care of your baby’s health and comfort becomes your top priority. However, it’s natural to want to take care of yourself too.

You Are Enough!

Pregnancy and postpartum has likely caused you to experience dramatic changes in your body, hair, and skin. Unfortunately, these changes leave many moms feeling dissatisfied with their appearance. First, we want to say: you are enough! You are doing an amazing job. Your body has accomplished an incredible thing. Don’t feel pressured by social media or your other mom friends to look a certain way or to lose weight on a specific timeline. Focus on connecting with your baby and your partner, nourishing your body with a balanced diet and plenty of water, sleeping when you can, and gradually getting back into an exercise routine. Seek professional help if you have pelvic pain, incontinence, and/or feelings of sadness and anxiety.

Many patients have enjoyed boosted confidence after enhancing their appearance with BOTOX® or dermal fillers. These cosmetic treatments can be beneficial for your mental health. However, it’s best to wait until you have fully recovered from the physical and emotional stress of pregnancy and childbirth and have finished nursing if you choose to breastfeed your baby.

What Are BOTOX & Fillers?

BOTOX and fillers are minimally-invasive, nonsurgical cosmetic procedures that temporarily restore volume and reduce the appearance of wrinkles in specific areas of the face.

BOTOX injections work by temporarily stopping the release of a neurotransmitter which contracts smooth muscles, dilates blood vessels, and more. When used on the face, BOTOX injections relax facial muscles that cause wrinkles.

Dermal fillers are injections of gel-like materials that mimic natural substances in the body. These add volume to sagging areas of the face and smooth wrinkles by plumping the skin from the inside out.

Why Wait to Get Cosmetic Enhancements While Breastfeeding

BOTOX and fillers consist of various substances and the potential risks associated with their transmission through breast milk are unknown. Although rare, complications such as allergic reactions or infections may arise following these procedures. Considering that breastfeeding involves close contact between the mother and the baby, any adverse reactions could potentially affect the nursing infant.

It is also vital to give your mind and body ample time to recover from the physical and hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, postpartum, and breastfeeding before undergoing any cosmetic treatments!

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