After giving birth, many new mothers hope to practice a little self-care. For some, this means heading to a spa or getting a haircut.

For others, it means resuming cosmetic treatments, like Botox or dermal fillers, that they avoided while pregnant.

However, women who are currently nursing may be concerned about their ability to have injections while breastfeeding.

Continue reading to learn more about the safety of breastfeeding and Botox or dermal fillers.

Can I Have Cosmetic Treatments While Breastfeeding?

Many women are curious if they are able to undergo cosmetic treatments while they are breast feeding.

Although research published in Dermatological Surgery in 2013 and in the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology in 2017 reported that most cosmetic procedures do not pose a significant risk of being absorbed into the mother’s milk, there is not a definitive answer to this question.

As such, it is important to ask your dermatologist or plastic surgeon about the benefits and risks of the specific procedure you are considering and weigh your options accordingly.

Have Any Studies Looked at the Safety of Breastfeeding and Botox or Dermal Fillers?

There haven’t been any large-scale studies on the safety of breastfeeding and Botox or dermal fillers.

While most clinicians are of the opinion that the small dose and localized effects of these injectables is unlikely to affect lactation or the nursing infant, their use in women who are breastfeeding is considered to be off-label.

For this reason, patients should let their provider know that they are breastfeeding and discuss any potential implications or precautions that they should take if they want to have injections.

Ultimately, decisions regarding breastfeeding and Botox or dermal fillers are up to the injector and patient’s discretion.

Learn More About Breastfeeding and Botox or Dermal Fillers

For additional information about breastfeeding and Botox or dermal fillers, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified dermatologist and leading injector Dr. Marjan Yousefi.

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Marjan Yousefi, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Her practice focuses on adult and pediatric dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and cosmetic procedures to enhance the skin.

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