While you are breastfeeding, you will want to return to your normal routine as much as possible, and that includes getting the same treatments that help you look and feel your most confident. However, doing so too soon may not always be in the best interest of you and baby. If you routinely get dermal fillers, your oral surgeon in Houston says it is a good idea to hold off until you are finished breastfeeding to resume these treatments. Keep reading to find out why, as well as possible safer alternatives.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are an injectable substance that reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, primarily in the mouth and smile zone, with a substance that works by increasing the volume of the skin just beneath its surface. Men and women may choose to get dermal fillers to smooth out wrinkles running from the nose around the lips or to plump up their lips. This is a common cosmetic procedure that will typically last for about 6 months before retreatment is advised.
Dermal Fillers and Breastfeeding
If you have had dermal fillers in the past, the effects may wear off while you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Unfortunately, little research has been done on the link between dermal and cosmetic fillers and the effect on unborn babies and nursing infants. This means that, although it may be challenging to see lines and wrinkles reappear, it is advisable to stay away from these treatments until you are finished breastfeeding.
Natural Alternatives to Dermal Fillers
The good news is that there are some natural ways to achieve similar effects to what you can see with dermal fillers. These results may not be as dramatic as what you are used to, but the tactics can help you bridge the gap in the meantime until you are finished breastfeeding and can return to your normal filler routine.
- Getting plenty of sleep to rejuvenate the skin the natural way.
- Cinnamon powder and peppermint oil for plumping up lips: Mix both together and apply with a Q-tip to the lips. Let sit for 3 minutes, then remove.
- Certain stretches and facial exercises that can help you to tighten skin.
- Eating a balanced, nutritious diet with plenty of vitamin C for collagen-building (collagen helps the skin stay tight and healthy).
- Drinking plenty of water and reducing caffeine.
Dermal fillers are a great way to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but they may not be appropriate for pregnant or breastfeeding women. It’s best to play it safe and wait until you are finished breastfeeding to resume treatments with your Houston oral surgeon!
Meet the Practice
Dr. Steve Koo and Dr. Tom Weil offer a full list of Houston oral surgery services, including Botox and Juvederm dermal fillers for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the smile region. To learn more about dermal fillers or Botox, do not hesitate to contact the office at 713-783-5560.