Aesthetic treatments are a reality in today’s world. And even though the number has been dropping in recent years, women are the vast majority among consumers of this type of service. There are several types of treatments such as laser, led, microneedling, peeling and, of course, fillers or also known facial botox.
And when we talk about it in women, specifically, there is a lot of question about the use of botox in pregnancy . After all, is it bad for the woman or not? Well, to know the answer to that question and understand what it means, first we need to know what that substance is.
What is Botox?
Botox is the abbreviation for botulinum toxin, a type of substance that serves to paralyze a certain muscle region, widely used on the face by people who want to rejuvenate, because it works very well to attenuate facial wrinkles and expression marks, that’s why botox in pregnancy is much sought after, since even pregnant women still want to feel good.
But in addition to its aesthetic function, botulinum toxin is also a fundamental part in combating several diseases, such as muscle spasms, paraplegia and microcephaly. The region where botox is applied is paralyzed , causing muscle spasms to stop for up to 6 months, for example. In this case, other types of treatments must be done during this period in order for the full effect to appear.
What is Botox for?
Despite being popularly known only as an aesthetic treatment, botulinum toxin has several functionalities and is a fundamental part in combating several diseases. Some of the main functions of botox are:
- Reduction of different types of headache
- Decreased low back pain
- Control of bruxism
- Attenuation of facial wrinkles
- Parkinson’s disease control
- Control of nervous tics (facial spasms)
- Control of ocular strabismus
Of course, all of these diseases need to be thoroughly studied and analyzed for a doctor to prescribe botox as a solution. It is not in all cases that it can help and often it can end up worsening the health of the person who applies it, especially if botox is made during pregnancy.
Botox Side Effects
Despite having several functions that are of great help for many diseases and health problems, there are some side effects that botox can bring, especially if applied in excess. Some of the biggest side effects are:
- Sensitivity to light
- Weak muscles at the injection site
- Dry mouth
- Paralysis in body parts
- Breathing problems
- Redness at the injection site
- Loss of elasticity in the heart, in more severe cases
It is always important to consult a professional before doing any type of botox treatment, even if it is purely aesthetic. And it is precisely because of this large amount of side effects that botox in pregnancy is not recommended by experts.
How Does Botox Affect Pregnancy?
There are not enough studies to give correct information on the use of botox in pregnancy. Exactly for this reason, it is not recommended for pregnant women , as it can cause several effects not yet fully known or the side effects already known and mentioned here in the previous topic can get worse and cause them to get even worse.
Although there are no studies with people, some cases of malformation of the fetus or even abortion have already been detected in the case of the use of botox in animals such as rabbits, for example.
Botox During Breastfeeding
As these initial studies indicate that the use of the substance can directly affect the process of fetus formation , it is also contraindicated for women who are breastfeeding their children, as the substances can be passed through the milk and cause problems in the formation of a baby. form.
There are controversies on these issues, as there are reports of women who applied botox without knowing they were pregnant and had a normal pregnancy and without major problems. Although they exist, these cases are not rules and the lack of studies by specialists in this type of specific case makes the great recommendation not to use botox in pregnancy.
There are several reasons for a woman to use botox in her life. Whether it is purely aesthetic or for more serious issues, such as disease treatments, for example, it is important to know that it is not recommended during pregnancy.
Knowing the risks that she can take, a woman should leave this type of treatment a little aside and be totally concerned with her pregnancy. Of course, there is the importance of the aesthetic issue and the value of choosing the woman to perform this procedure, but it must be very well thought out and performed at an appropriate time.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.