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Why shouldn’t you get fillers or apply essential oils during pregnancy?

During pregnancy you have to take some precautions when taking care of your skin, in fact, most aesthetic medicine treatments are contraindicated as explained by Dr. Gema Pérez Sevilla, maxillofacial surgeon and expert in facial aesthetic medicine. “The problem is not the treatment itself, but the lack of clinical studies that ensure that it cannot cause some type of problem in the fetus. We assume that the treatments are not safe and that they should not be performed until after childbirth (or breastfeeding).”

Neither botulinum toxin, nor peelingsnor appliances, nor fillers with hyaluronic acid. The doctor explains that “treatments with botulinum toxin cannot be performed because it can cause malformations in the fetus and abortions; Peelings (salicylic, glycolic, retinoic acid and all their derivatives) should also not be used because they can pass into the mother’s blood and therefore to the fetus, causing malformations.

Regarding the equipment, such as radiofrequency, ultrasound or similar, the expert points out that “it has not been proven that it is bad, but it has not been possible to demonstrate that it does not have effects on the fetus. So they should not be done either.”

Hyaluronic acid is a controversial topic, “it is known that during its degradation it will break down into CO2 and water, and this should not cause any problem, but it is not recommended to apply treatments with hyaluronic acid during pregnancy because sometimes the molecule itself of hyaluronic acid is cross-linked or manipulated with certain agents that are not known to cause harm to the fetus.

The only semi-permitted molecule, although there are no studies, is pure monomeric hyaluronic acid (it is used only to hydrate) but it has a very short effect on the skin, because it disappears very soon and it is not being used either, since it does not compensate.”

The doctor advises “a lot of sun protection to prevent spots (which we know are one of the most common problems due to hormonal changes, specifically chloasma), a lot of hydration, because the skin tends to be drier, and manual treatments in the centers. beauty, in addition to lymphatic drainage massages and wood therapy that prevent fluid from being retained in the face, will allow oxygenation of the tissue and keeps the face in shape.

The dreaded melasma should be treated from pregnancy. Dr. Lidia Maroñas, dermatologist and author of the book “Two hearts under the same skin” recommends treating melasma from pregnancy and not leaving it until after childbirth, because as she explains “one of the indicators of the best response to treatment is to start it early”.

Sun protection, antioxidants, exfoliants and depigmenting creams are the perfect allies. “The use of gentle exfoliants that contain magnesium in their formulation is ideal for eliminating superficial melanin due to their depigmenting action,” explains the dermatologist who also recommends a weekly clay mask, concentrated depigmenting masks and including prescription creams with azelaic acid as supplements. to the daily depigmentation routine.

“After facial blemishes, acne is the most frequent reason for consultation,” reveals Dr. Maroñas. It typically appears during the first trimester of pregnancy and has a very negative impact on the psychological and emotional health of the pregnant woman, especially if she has never had it before. “Due to the lack of clinical trials and therapeutic guidelines in pregnant women with acne, it is a priority that the selection of treatment is completely individualized and always guided by a specialized doctor,” she adds.

On the other hand, pure essential oils cannot be used “since they have terpenes, which cause malformations in the fetus. Hydroquinone, the most common cosmetic whitening agent, should not be used either; it is contraindicated because it causes malformations and cannot be used during breastfeeding. Likewise, retinoids are not recommended,” says Dr. Pérez Sevilla.

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