Botox is a neurotoxin that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat a variety of functional and cosmetic conditions. Tens of millions of women (and men!) have discovered the incredible wrinkle-reducing effects of Botox, and it has become the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the country. Since Botox is widely used in women of childbearing age, it is understandable that many wonder whether Botox is safe during pregnancy. That’s why the Eyesthetica team is here to share our expertise and what you need to know about using Botox when pregnant.
There is limited data on the effects of Botox during pregnancy. Botox is classified as a Category C drug by the FDA, which means that animal studies have demonstrated a potential adverse effect of Botox on the fetus, but no formal studies have been performed on pregnant women to determine the risks. The consensus in recent years was that Botox, for cosmetic purposes, should be avoided in expectant mothers as there is not a medical need for these injections. So far, case studies of expectant mothers during various stages of their pregnancy receiving Botox injections showed that these mothers had full-term deliveries with healthy infants.
In summary, studies (although few) have shown that Botox can be safely administered during pregnancy. This is because the amount of Botox injected is small, and Botox injected into the facial muscles stay within that muscle without circulating throughout the body. Therefore, if the potential benefits outweigh the likely low risks, Botox may be used during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
For more information about Botox and its safety, please contact Eyesthetica by calling us at (213) 234-1000.