Botox is a drug that weakens or paralyzes muscle. In small doses, it can reduce skin wrinkles and help treat some medical conditions.
As a cosmetic treatment, it can reduce the appearance of skin wrinkles.
Uses of Botox
People often request the injections in the following areas of the face:
- Wrinkles between the eyebrows, called frown lines, glabellar lines, or elevens
- Wrinkles around the eyes, known as crow’s feet
- Horizontal creases in the forehead
- Lines at the corners of the mouth
- “Cobblestone” skin on the chin
If you are pregnant and you are interested in having Botox injection treatment, this article is for you.
Is Botox Recommended By Doctors During Pregnancy?
In 2020, a registry of data on Botox was released that showed no increased risk to pregnant women who had the treatment. Out of almost 400 pregnancies where Botox use was reported, just 1 percent experienced birth defects such as a cleft palate. (In comparison, birth defects are present in around 3 percent of all pregnancies.)
Another study published in the Journal of Headache and Pain followed 45 patients who received Botox for migraines during pregnancy and found that all went on to deliver healthy and normal babies.
Other research has shown that when it is injected into facial muscles (as it is for cosmetic purposes), it doesn’t circulate throughout your body, so it shouldn’t reach your baby.
You Still Need To Be Cautious.
Some studies in pregnant animals have shown problems when they were given high dosages of it, such as miscarriage, birth defects, and low birth weight.
But if you’re deciding whether to get Botox or not during your pregnancy or nursing, it’s best to be cautious and wait. The Food and Drug Administration hasn’t cleared the usage of this during pregnancy.
Take Home Message
Getting this injection while pregnant is safe, but most experts recommend you to wait until pregnancy to get Botox
About the Author: Dr. Sayyam Azam is certified dermatologist who has specialized in Clinical Dermatology (Pakistan) and Aesthetic Medicine (U.S).During her specialized training; she was involved in multiple clinical as well as aesthetic dermatological procedures such as botox, fillers, chemical peels. As a licensed dermatologist, she is now running a state of art Aesthetic Centre (The Face Clinic) in Multan, Pakistan.