I am no heavy – needler but I do dabble in Botox a few times each year. Sure, I am a low-maintenance lady who prefers jeans and flip-flops to fashion trends, but that doesn’t mean that I am down with wrinkles.
My last treatment was in March and my eyes could use a touch-up. Maybe they’re dragging because I am not sleeping well (see why here) or maybe it’s because I am 43 and gravity is doing its job.
I call my local Medical Spa and make an appointment. I arrive on time. Fill out the paper work and sit patiently.
Service denied! Snaps to them for being concerned. Surprise to me (that will be obvious on my face for the next few years.)
Turns out, Botox is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Although the injection is localized and the dosage is tiny there is VERY little research about cosmetic procedures during pregnancy.
"Nobody really wants to study drugs during pregnancy, unless it's something that's life saving, this is because you'd always worry there may be some bad outcome for the baby." Says Roxanne Guy, the former president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
I get it. No company in their right mind is going to fund a study on pregnant women for an elective procedure to see if it damages the fetus.
I stop for a coffee (translation: decaf cappuccino) and do a quick search on anti-aging serums. I swear I am not this vain. I am simply surprised because I never considered Botox would be contraindicated.
The gold-standard ingredient in anti-aging products is Retinols. Also off-limits.
I do find a helpful article on safe skin care products but decide to take this as a win. I just saved $150 and will stick to my simple routine of Cetaphil and Birch Box samples.