Botox injections are an increasingly popular procedure that can be used for cosmetic purposes, as well as to treat certain health conditions such as migraines and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
However, there is limited data on the effects of getting Botox injections while pregnant. We looked at the existing research and spoke to experts on their opinions about getting Botox while pregnant.
Botox is used for a lot more than cosmetic reasons
Botox injections contain a toxin called onabotulinumtoxinA, which temporarily paralyzes a muscle. The primary cosmetic use of Botox is to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and make patients look more "lifted."
The injections work by blocking certain chemical signals from the nerves that cause muscles to contract. Although Botox is more commonly used for cosmetic purposes, it can also be used to treat several other conditions, such as:
- Lazy eye. This occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles responsible for positioning the eye.
- Cervical dystonia. A painful condition in which the neck muscles contract involuntarily, causing uncomfortable twisting and turning of the head.