Lip fillers are usually temporary, but you still need to be careful if breastfeeding. Read on to learn more about how lip fillers affect breastfeeding and how to make sure your baby stays safe during your appointment.
Some women, after giving birth, do a little self-care by returning to the aesthetic and filler treatments such as Dermal fillers, Botulinum Toxin, Fillers, and Anti-Wrinkle Treatments (Vitamin A) that they weren’t able to do when pregnant.
Many women may wonder whether it’s safe to proceed with cosmetic dermatologic procedures while breastfeeding. You may read more here to find out whether they can get anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers while nursing.
Cosmetic Procedures While Breastfeeding
Although some research suggests that many cosmetic procedures do not pose a significant risk to a nursing mother, the absence of large-scale studies on this topic isn’t conclusive whether cosmetic procedures have any adverse effects during breastfeeding.
You should ask your dermatologist or plastic surgeon about the benefits and risks of the specific procedure you are considering and weigh your options accordingly.
Main Concern About Cosmetic Procedures during Lactation
There is a lot of conflicting advice about whether mothers can get any cosmetic procedures, like Botox and lip filler, while breastfeeding. The answer depends on the specific treatment in question.
Regarding cosmetic treatments performed on breastfeeding mothers, most medical professionals remain concerned about potentially dangerous substances ending in the woman’s milk. Specifically, they worry that any drugs or chemicals administered as part of treatment could be absorbed into the mother’s system, passed into breast milk, and negatively impact the nursing infants.
Scientific Studies Regarding Safety of Fillers While Breastfeeding
There haven’t been any large-scale clinical studies or consensus on the safety of cosmetic procedures while breastfeeding.
Although most clinicians believe that these injectables’ small doses and localized effects are unlikely to affect lactation or the nursing infant, their use in breastfeeding mothers is considered off-label.
According to articles published in Dermatological Surgery in 2013 and the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology in 2017, most cosmetic procedures pose a low risk of significant systemic absorption. However, patients should inform their providers if they are breastfeeding and discuss potential implications or precautions for any injections they want.
What the FDA Says
The FDA stated on its website that;
“There is no scientific evidence that these products are harmless during pregnancy and breastfeeding in patients under 22.”
How long after breastfeeding can I get fillers?
Regarding facial fillings, most doctors recommend waiting at least six months after giving birth before getting any type of filler, including lip injections. This is because mothers experience a dramatic drop in estrogen levels after they give birth, which can cause the skin on their faces to thin out dramatically, causing them to look older than they are.
Can you get dermal fillers or Botox when breastfeeding?
It is unlikely that Botox would enter your milk, but there has been little research on the safety of lip fillers when breastfeeding. Therefore, women are advised to wait up to 48 hours after receiving Botox before providing milk and should wait two weeks after getting a fill before breastfeeding.
Can you get hyaluronic lip filler while breastfeeding?
The FDA doesn’t recommend getting lip fillers during pregnancy or while breastfeeding because there is no research on their safety for these periods. It would be best if you waited until you were done breastfeeding before having lip filler injections unless there is a medical reason why you can’t wait.
Is Juvederm safe while breastfeeding?
The active ingredient in fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, lidocaine, is not significantly absorbed in breast milk and will not affect your baby in any way. The most common side effects of fillers are swelling at the injection site and bruising, which can take a few days to heal. If your baby is breastfed exclusively, meaning they get all their nutrition from breast milk, these side effects should not be an issue.
Why can’t I get Botox while breastfeeding?
As of now, it is still unclear whether or not Botox toxins can spread to nursing children through breast milk. Researchers and medical professionals are unsure if the Botox toxins in a nursing mother’s breast milk would be enough to affect her child or not. If the Botox toxin spreads to nursing children through breast milk, some specialists recommend that mothers stop breastfeeding for 24 hours after treatment and wait at least a week before resuming more sessions.
As dermal filler doesn’t wander like other usual adventurers, it should be safe to give in to breastfeeding people. However, as breastfeeding and babies are so complex and due to the liability, I do not recommend this procedure, and I’m confident any reputable injector would not recommend it either. There are currently no good research-based scientific studies that would offer me hard facts to confirm one way or the other.