It was a little over a month ago when Kylie Jenner's (alleged) pregnancy announcement broke the Internet and subsequently left many a nosy soul (myself, included) wondering whether it would be safe for the 20-year-old beauty mogul to get the lip fillers she's become synonymous with since 2014. Her doctor's response? Not a great idea, as he says no one really knows what can happen when injected with fillers while pregnant. (Currently, dermal fillers have yet to be tested — and approved — for those expecting.)
However, not every doctor is in agreement with Jenner's dermatologist. Take, Mehmet Cengiz Öz (better known as Dr. Oz), for example. In a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, Oz said lip fillers would be "fine to get," after a caller asked whether or not Jenner could continue getting lip injections whilst pregnant. "Injections in her mouth are fine to get," said Oz. "It will not spread from there, it will not be a problem." He also recommended that Jenner focus on the "baby" rather than cosmetic enhancement to her face. (Um, how about not telling a woman what to do, Oz?)
As a follow-up question, host Andy Cohen asked Oz if the same goes for facial injections in pregnant women, and his response was virtually identical. "Those things are supposed to be inert," he said. Meaning, fillers shouldn't interfere with pregnancy. However, the three doctors I tapped for background on the subject don't seem to share the same sentiment.
"I personally prefer not to perform an elective cosmetic procedure on a pregnant or breastfeeding woman," says Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He explains that this is less about the fillers themselves and more about unforeseen side effects that could occur post-op. "If the patient develops severe swelling or an infection and needs an antibiotic, treatment options may be limited as some can affect a developing baby," says Zeichner.
Sejal Shah, a New York City dermatologist and RealSelf contributor, concurs, explaining that she doesn't agree with Oz due to insufficient evidence on the topic, as there's currently little to no data that shows injectable fillers won't negatively affect women expecting. If you want fillers, Shah says to wait until you're not pregnant to take the plunge.
Shari Marchbein, a dermatologist and clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine in New York City, also agrees with the aforementioned logic. She explains that while the risk of filler spreading outside the injected area is very slim — neither filler nor Botox has been approved for pregnant women by the Food and Drug Administration — there's no reason to risk. "During pregnancy, we tend to take the approach of 'if you absolutely don't need to do it, do not do it,'" she tells Allure. Marchbein also recommends waiting until after delivery to have either administered.
The verdict? While it seems like there's little risk in getting lip fillers while pregnant, experts still seem wary, as there is no hard evidence to prove fillers are, indeed, safe while expecting. In this case, it's three against one suggesting to wait before investing in any cosmetic procedures. (Don't worry, they'll still be available after nine months.)