fillers-during-pregnancyFillers are a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment used to add volume, alter the contours of the face and fill in wrinkles. Common areas to inject fillers are in the face, neck and hands, resulting in a fuller, smoother and more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are among the most popular aesthetic procedures because they carry immediate results, with very few risks and little recovery time. When injected under the skin, a filler raises or puffs up that area. Most fillers require multiple injections. Different fillers last different lengths of time. Slowly, your body absorbs the filler and this makes the skin go back to its normal state.

It is not known what the effects of fillers are during pregnancy because not many studies have been done on this topic. While the risks may be minimal or nonexistent, they are still unknown.

Physicians tend to err on the side of caution when there’s little evidence in regards to safety of a drug and it is usually recommended to avoid elective procedures during pregnancy. It’s always best to minimize the risk to your baby and avoid unnecessary treatments.

Many expecting mothers in Phoenix may find that being pregnant is the only cosmetic procedure they need. Pregnancy often causes puffiness and water retention, meaning that some women will notice that wrinkles and previously sagging skin on their face are now fuller. Hormonal changes also improve the condition and appearance of skin and hair during pregnancy, giving a “glow” and removing the need for any cosmetic treatments until it’s completely safe.

For more information about fillers during pregnancy, contact The Center for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or