Since the owner of Innovative Aesthetics is none other than Dr. Jason Rexroth, one of our area’s finest OB-Gyn doctors, we get a lot of referrals from him and his patients. Now, obviously, there are a good number of his patients who are excitedly expecting new additions to their families.  Because of that, a question we get asked a lot is “is it safe to get Botox or fillers when I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?”

While we of course want our amazing clients to feel as beautiful as possible, Botox is a no-no for pregnancy and breastfeeding.  There is always a small chance that Botox could get into the bloodstream and possibly have an effect on your baby.  There haven’t been many studies done on this, since the condition of pregnancy is one that most people don’t want to risk safety on.  However, from what has been studied, it has been determined to treat pregnancy and nursing as a contraindication.  It’s the same case with fillers-not many studies, and while many are made with hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance in your body), it is best to wait until after pregnancy and breastfeeding to get those treatments.

So, what can you do?  I’ve been pregnant before, so I’ve been there.  I wanted to feel pretty and pampered just as much as the next mom!  Well, at Innovative, we have options for you.  First off, your Clarisonic should still be your BFF.  It will give your skin a nice deep clean, light exfoliation, and a daily glow.  But on the professional level, our estheticians have a full line of various facials that can help you deal with the skin changes that these hormones can bring.  While we’ll skip the peels,  we have relaxing and effective treatments like dermaplaning, Hydrafacial, and customized masks and blends.  You can also go full force into pampering and healing mode and get a full body prenatal massage. While Josie and I both do pregnancy sessions, Josie has had further specific training, and does an absolutely incredible massage.  Hint-it involves a special pillow that may allow you to lie on your stomach again (whether you’re pregnant or breastfeeding).  No joke.

Once that baby is born, and you are finished nursing, you can go back to your favorite previously off-limits services, but we also have some special treatments that can do wonders for specific post-pregnancy skin.  If you’ve gotten some stretch marks that you aren’t thrilled with, we have a microneedling treatment that has shown very impressive results.  Melasma is a common side effect of pregnancy, so to counteract that, we have both chemical peels and a Skin Brightening Treatment that both treat pigmented areas, and brightens, tightens and tones the skin.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding are a truly special time of life, for both you and your baby.  Remember to slow down and take care of yourself as much as you can-you deserve this. And remember, a happy and relaxed mama makes for a happy and relaxed family!