What to expect when you’re expecting. If you’re expecting, you’re feeling a whirlwind of emotions, learning all you can and preparing for your bundle of joy to arrive. Many women still want to look and feel their best while pregnant and want to make sure they’re doing what’s best for baby. Today I’ve got some answers to a question I get all the time, “Can I get that done while I am pregnant?”
Many times women will come in the office and are either pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant and want to know what procedures they can do safely while pregnant. Often, these patients have been doing regular aesthetic treatments like Botox or Laser Hair Removal to know if they can be continued. Well, the answer is it depends.
Suppose you are in the middle of a Laser Hair Removal treatment course and you become pregnant. The good news is you CAN continue to have laser hair removal while pregnant. The bad news is that you can no longer use the topical numbing cream that you used before becoming pregnant so the procedure may be more painful. This applies with other laser treatments like laser vein treatments, laser tattoo removal and laser skin peels. Lasers are just “light” treatments and there is no harmful radiation in the lasers. Some women chose to stop their laser treatments even though it is safe to continue due to persona preference and then pick up where they left off after the baby is born–what’s most important is that you are comfortable.
Other treatments in my office are NOT recommended for pregnant women. Those include spider vein injections, Botox and other fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane. One issue that has arisen in the past is that a patient that gets Botox and then finds out she is pregnant a few weeks later. The good news is that Botox is not considered to be harmful in that case. Any minute amount of Botox that may have escaped the muscle immediately after the treatment would be long gone before reaching baby. There have been no reported cases of birth defects with Botox and a pre-treatment pregnancy test is not considered to be necessary. The “wrinkle-fillers”, although they are “all natural” are still NOT recommended during pregnancy mainly because of the small amount of Lidocaine that is added to the product to make the injections less painful.
Need Help Glowing?
Treatments that are considered safe during pregnancy are microdermabrasion and Blu-Light acne treatments as long as no topical chemicals or retinols are used. So if morning sickness has you feeling blue, we can help uncover that radiant glow.
The bottom line? My best advice is to consult with your doctor, relax and enjoy the natural beauty that comes with expecting a baby! When you’re ready, we’ve got weight loss programs to help you get energized and ready for keeping up with baby!
Dr. DeGraaff and the Staff at Advanced Life Clinic