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Can You Get Lip Fillers While Pregnant?

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Pregnant women often experience a lot of body changes during pregnancy, which is why some of them might be interested in cosmetic treatments like lip implants and cheek fillers to maintain their beauty and natural glow. However, it’s important to consider potential risks first before trying any aesthetic treatment – especially if you’re already pregnant or you plan to have a baby soon.

So is it safe for pregnant women to undergo lip filler procedures during pregnancy? Although facial filler injections like lip fillers are safe for most patients, these treatments during pregnancy must be postponed to avoid any adverse effects on the mother and the unborn child. It’s better to get lip injections a few months after giving birth and breastfeeding – allowing the body to adjust well to any changes.

Is it Safe to Get Lip Fillers While Pregnant?

Facial filler injections are popular because they can enhance a lot of different facial features – they keep the skin firm and voluminous or increase the lip size of a patient. According to the 2020 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the ASPS, around 3.4 million soft tissue filler treatments were administered in the country alone.

If you’re also considering getting lip fillers to achieve a fuller pout, it’s crucial to read more about the treatment first to find out whether or not you’re qualified for this procedure. Doing so also allows the patient to make an informed decision about enhancing their body. Unfortunately, pregnant people are on the list of patients who should skip a lip filler procedure and other dermal filler treatments.

Pregnancy is an important moment in a person’s life. It also makes women more cautious of what they put into their bodies – even worrying about their diet and everyday routines to accommodate the unborn child better. If you’re worried about how lip fillers might affect you or your unborn baby, it’s best to wait until after giving birth before getting dermal fillers.

What Do Experts Say About Lip Fillers During Pregnancy?

While there are no scientific studies or definitive medical evidence that prove the effects of lip filler injections on pregnant women and their babies, patients are still advised to stop getting fillers as soon as they learn that they’re pregnant. Since the FDA doesn’t recommend lip fillers during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period, many providers also include it in their policy to not use any brands of lip fillers on pregnant people.

What Happens if You Get Lip Filler While Pregnant?

There’s no clinical study that presents conclusive evidence that lip fillers are dangerous for the unborn child, but there’s no proof that it’s completely safe either. But aside from the safety of the baby, the recommendation against the use of fillers on pregnant people also considers the safety of the mother.

Although the complete health history of a pregnant woman shows that she’s fit enough to receive facial filler injections, pregnancy still causes different kinds of hormonal and physical changes to her body. There are so many things in flux that might affect the treatment’s results – for example, changes in the blood flow and pressure because of hormonal changes might lead to increased swelling and bruising after getting lip fillers.

Can Lip Fillers Cause Birth Defects?

There are no conclusive studies that suggest a direct correlation between getting facial filler during pregnancy and developing adverse effects like birth defects in the unborn child. However, healthcare providers still recommend waiting until the patient has given birth and completed breastfeeding before undergoing lip and dermal filler treatments.

Can Lip Fillers Cause Miscarriage?

There is also no evidence of the possible detrimental effects of lip filler injections on miscarriage for pregnant patients. Facial filler injections also stay on the treated area, so it’s unlikely that they will have detrimental effects on developing babies.

Can You Get Lip Fillers in Early Pregnancy?

Facial filler injections are not recommended for pregnant patients, regardless of how early or far along they are in their pregnancy. However, some patients might accidentally get lip fillers without knowing they’re pregnant or being aware of FDA’s warnings about dermal filler treatments for pregnant people. If you’re in either of those cases, the good news is that the lip filler procedure is highly unlikely to affect you or the baby negatively.

Can You Have Lip Filler Dissolved When Pregnant?

Pregnant patients who had hyaluronic acid fillers can get them dissolved safely using hyaluronidase, but they can also wait for the lip fillers to dissolve on their own. Like the hyaluronic acid cosmetic filler, hyaluronidase won’t easily migrate to other parts of the body or affect the unborn baby. If you’re still unsure whether to dissolve the lip fillers or not, you can always consult with a medical professional or aesthetician about possible treatment options.

What Happens if You Had Lip Fillers Before Knowing You’re Pregnant?

Since some women in the early trimester might not be aware that they’re pregnant yet, they might accidentally get dermal filler treatments for their lips. Pregnant women are always cautious about what they put in their bodies, so it’s normal for them to be worried about what might happen if they had lip fillers before knowing they’re pregnant.

Why You and Your Baby Might Be Safe

Although the FDA warns about undergoing a lip filler procedure during pregnancy, the good news is that patients don’t have to panic immediately if they got cosmetic fillers before learning they’re pregnant. But remember that this shouldn’t be a go signal for pregnant patients to get lip fillers while they’re pregnant – it’s still important to consult a doctor before undergoing any cosmetic or skin treatments.

The first reason why you and the baby might be safe is that lip fillers are locally injected into the lips. When administered correctly, the active ingredients in these cosmetic procedures won’t come in contact with the bloodstream – meaning they won’t be part of the maternal blood circulation that supplies the fetus.

Another reason is that lip injections are made with stable compounds that won’t slip from the local injection site easily. They’re also injected in small amounts so they’re unlikely to affect the unborn baby. Lastly, researchers haven’t found conclusive evidence that lip fillers administered in pregnant women result in congenital disabilities for their babies.

What to Do to Be on the Safe Side

The exact interrelation between lip fillers and pregnancy still requires extensive research. Although it’s unlikely for cosmetic injections to have negative effects on the unborn child and the mother, it’s important to not take chances on matters like these.

To be on the safe side, pregnant patients are advised to consult a medical professional before getting lip fillers or receiving any kind of aesthetic or medical treatment. Through consultation, they may learn about the best alternative to lip fillers as well as other skincare products that they can add to their beauty routine during pregnancy.

Enhance Your Pout Safely With Lip Fillers at Ethos Spa

Although there’s no conclusive evidence that lip fillers might negatively affect the unborn baby, the FDA still advises against getting them during pregnancy. Pregnant people should only try cosmetic treatments if they’re 100% sure that it’s safe for them and their baby – unfortunately, lip fillers still leave some room for doubt as to how they affect patients and their unborn children.

At Ethos Spa, we always make sure to prioritize the safety of our patients as they undergo aesthetic treatments like lip fillers. We don’t perform this procedure on pregnant patients, but our master injectors are always ready to help you achieve your beauty goals as soon as it’s safe for you. Call us today to book an appointment and learn more about lip filler treatments.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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