Can I get Juvederm while pregnant?

I hate to be a neurotic mother who freaks out about everything, however can I get Juvederm while pregnant? I am in my first trimester and wanted to be certain that it would have no effect on my pregnancy. Thanks


F, 37, California

The short answer is "no." While there are no published studies to-date on the effects of hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers on an unborn child, it's better to be on the safe side.

It's true that Juvederm injections don't migrate from the injection site and, as such, should not enter the bloodstream. It's also true that hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the human body. However we don't have any studies which show conclusively that the procedure is safe for pregnant women and the FDA has yet to approve an injectable filler safe for use during pregnancy.

We advise against the use of Restylane or Juvederm injectable fillers or any other elective procedures until after childbirth, and the same counsel would apply to breastfeeding. If you're planning on breastfeeding, wait until you have stopped completely before pursuing this type of treatment.

That's a great question. There isn't any research stating Juvederm represents a possible risk of birth defects if used on pregnant women but there isn't any research stating it's safe either.

Our approach is "better safe than sorry." When it comes to pregnant women, we do not administer Juvederm, lip fillers or any other dermal injections; laser treatments and chemical peels are also prohibited. Please note that we advise against injectable fillers during the breastfeeding period as well.

While you may be able to find a clinic that is willing to provide these beauty treatments during your pregnancy, we strongly recommend you wait. The FDA has yet to approve this type of treatment for pregnant patients.

Always be sure to consult with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for best results.

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Although fillers like Juvederm have not been shown to go anywhere beyond the region that they are injected, it is not recommended that anyone who is pregnant get Juvederm injections.  No studies have shown that there are any identifiable risks with having Juvederm injected while you are pregnant.  However, no studies have shown that there are no risks either.  Therefore, we will not inject Juvederm or any other filler on a pregnant patient.