Here’s why Kylie Jenner may not be able to have lip injections if she’s pregnant, according to doctors
By Emily DiNuzzo | Originally Published October 20 on This Is Insider | Featuring Dr. Sherry Ross
- Kylie Jenner is reportedly six months pregnant.
- Fans are wondering if she can keep up with her lip injections.
- INSIDER spoke to plastic surgeon Dr. Alan Matarasso and OB-GYN Dr. Sheryl Ross, who agree that lip injections are not recommended for pregnant women.
- Both physicians advocate for not having unnecessary procedures performed while pregnant.
Reality star Kylie Jenner has become famous for her cosmetics line and signature pout. But lately, the 20-year-old has made headlines for another reason: her reported pregnancy with boyfriend, Travis Scott.
This news caused fans to question not only if Jenner is actually expecting, but whether her beauty products and procedures are safe for pregnant women. When it comes to Kylie Cosmetics, INSIDER previously reported that some of the products should be avoided by pregnant women. But what about Kylie’s infamous lip injections? Are those safe for moms-to-be or better to avoid until baby arrives?
The effect of lip injections during pregnancy hasn’t been studied, but health risks are typically higher during pregnancy for most procedures.
Dr. Alan Matarasso, the president-elect of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, told INSIDER that the first step is to read all products labels before using anything during pregnancy.
Jenner’s lip-filler brand of choice is Juvéderm, which she told the New York Timeslasts two to four months. The official Juvéderm label states the safety of using the injectables while pregnant has not been studied. This is the first warning sign, according to Matarasso, to proceed with caution.
“Most of these products tell you not to use [them] during pregnancy because you don’t have studies on pregnant women where you inject them and find out if the baby was born OK,” he said. “With a fetus, you have all the developmental issues and birth defects, what we call teratogenic, which is when an external environmental or drug effect the development of the fetus.”
“It may be worthwhile to wait nine months before seeing your favorite dermatologist or plastic surgeon,” she told INSIDER. “Getting an injection can also lead to an unexpected infection, and since you are more prone to bleed during pregnancy, an injection may not be as innocent as it appears.”
The good news is that pregnancy naturally enhances the plumpness of your lips.
Although there is a risk of infection, Ross said that it might be safer to get injections in the lips compared to other body parts because it is restricted to that area. Pregnancy, however, creates it’s own “lip plumper” due to hormonal changes, according to Ross.
“The mucous membranes throughout the body, especially in the face, enlarge and fill with increased blood and fluids,” she said. “All parts of the face including lips, eyes, gums swell and enlarge.” She continued to say that pregnancy naturally has a beautifying effect on women, making their skin glow and lips swell naturally.
Jenner’s past use of the injections likely won’t impact her baby.
Jenner has been having these injections since she was 15 years old, according to Life & Style. Ross said that prior use of Juvéderm or other injectables shouldn’t be a problem for the baby.
One of the key ingredients, according to the Juvéderm website, are hyaluronic acids. Matarasso said that this type of sugar is produced by drug companies, but also naturally produced in our body. Ross agreed, and noted that hyaluronic acid is not found to be harmful during pregnancy.
Overall, it is best to avoid unnecessary procedures while pregnant due to unknown risks.
“I believe it always best to avoid any unnecessary injections during this important time in your life and the life of your growing baby,” Ross said. This is the safest bet any mothers to be can make. Matarasso agreed and said that any non life-threatening procedures can wait.
“There is a saying in medicine that whenever a new drug is discovered a wise futurist said that he waits five years before he gives it to his patients, 10 years before he gives it to his family, and 15 years before he takes it.”
The most important thing is the health of both mother and child during pregnancy. Before trying a new product or continuing with a procedure, consult with your OB-GYN and your primary care physician.