Put Off Plastic Surgery Until After Pregnancy

Kylie Jenner will have to put off lip-enhancement procedures for the time being, according to a plastic surgery expert.

The U.K.’s The Metro reported that a plastic surgeon who has worked with Jenner in the past recommends that the star give up dermal fillers during her pregnancy.

Jenner, who is famous for her plump pout, is widely speculated to be expecting her first child.

Putting Off Procedures During Pregnancy

Why are pregnant women cautioned to wait on dermal fillers? Because the implications of using dermal fillers on an unborn baby are unknown, and these products have not been cleared by the FDA for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Other injectables like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin should also be avoided during pregnancy because they contain botulinum toxin A, which temporarily paralyzes muscles to prevent the development of wrinkles.

Botulinum toxins have also not been deemed safe during pregnancy by the FDA.

"All plastic and cosmetic procedures should be put off until after delivery, especially those procedures that require general anesthesia," Dr. Mona Alqulali, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, Ph.D., said.

Alqulali is an OB-GYN and cosmetic surgeon practicing in Clinton, Iowa.

Alqulali cautions patients against elective surgery because research has linked general anesthesia to sedation of babies in the womb, as well as a cleft palate and other congenital conditions.

Noninvasive cosmetic procedures should also wait until after delivery.

"The skin is very sensitive during pregnancy, so reactions to procedures like chemical peels, laser skin treatments and microdermabrasion can be intensified," Alqulali said.

Stop Some Skin Treatments

Some skin treatments and anti-aging products can also put pregnant women at risk.

"Products that contain retinol should be avoided during pregnancy," Alquali said.

Retinol is a form of vitamin A and is used in many skin products to reduce signs of aging, erase acne scars or treat cellulite.

Researchers have linked retinol use during pregnancy to congenital conditions like hydrocephaly, a condition that causes fluid buildup in the brain; cleft palate; and premature labor.

Retinol can also cause some women to have problems conceiving.

"Pregnancy brings about a lot of changes to the body and the skin that may tempt some women to correct them with plastic or cosmetic procedures, but the majority of these changes are temporary," Alqulali said.

Many of the changes are brought on by hormonal fluctuations and include increased body hair; the development of brown and gray patches on the face; and the development of stretch marks and melasma, a condition that causes hyperpigmentation of the skin.

"Melasma typically fades when hormone levels return to normal," Alqulali said.

If the discoloration caused by melasma does not fade after pregnancy, Alqulali recommends that patients choose a chemical peel to bring back a more even skin tone.

Post-Pregnancy Procedures

Other changes brought on by pregnancy include weight gain and changes in the breasts.

After delivery, women may be free to resume fillers and other minimally invasive treatments if they are not breastfeeding, but even if cleared for minimally invasive tweaks, Alqulali recommends that women wait until they are done having children before going under the knife.

"Subsequent pregnancies can affect the results of many procedures, like liposuction, tummy tucks and breast augmentation or reduction surgeries," Alqulali said.

Some women choose to have a combination of procedures, dubbed the "mommy makeover," after pregnancy to reshape their body and breasts. The combination often includes a tummy tuck, fat and stretch mark removal, and breast lift, reduction or augmentation in a single surgery.

"The mommy makeover has increased in popularity as many women want to get back to shape quickly after having children," Alqulali said.

 

Sources: 

The Metro. Kylie Jenner to ‘lose famous pout’? Kardashian plastic surgeon advises against lip fillers during pregnancy. The Metro. 28 September 2017.

 

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