Juvederm and Breastfeeding

I had juvederm ultra injected in my cheeks a week ago. my dermatologist said that it was safe to breastfeed my baby. i have been breastfeeding my baby for four months and am now learning that this is not approved or safe to do! what should i do now? do i really have to stop breastfeeding?!

Doctor Answers 10

Juvederm and breastfeeding

You should not worry about breastfeeding and having had Juvederm. It is made up of hyalurons, naturally occurring substances in the body. Use in pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been approved by the FDA. Patients who are pregnant or nursing are not normally tested in clinical trials. I personally would not inject a nursing mother but I believe it is safe.

Charlotte Dermatologic Surgeon
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Juvederm and Breastfeeding

Thank you for your question. I would recommend consulting a pediatrician about continuing or discontinue to breastfeed your baby. There is no such study that has assessed the safety of Juvederm in women who are breast feeding but you should avoid taking risks. Moreover any cosmetics procedures are not recommended upon pregnant or breast feeding women. Please consult with your obstetrician. Best of Luck!

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Juvederm and Breast Feeding

Definitely check with your OBGYN, but I don't do it in anyone breast feeding or pregnant.  Not worth the risk.  No one knows whether or not any traces are in breast milk.

Melanie L. Petro, MD
Birmingham Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

I believJuvederm can be used safely in nursing mother.

Juvederm is a very benign product that remains locally in the skin with little chance that any of it would get into the general circulation and into breast milk.  Even if it did, there is nothing in Juvederm that would be likely to harm the baby.  Even though this has not been validated by an approved study, common sense assures me that it is OK.

Mark Taylor, MD
Salt Lake City Dermatologic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Juvederm and Breast Feeding

Consult with your obstetrician and pediatrician about continuing to breast feed your  baby. There are no studies that have evaluated the safety of Juvederm in women who are breast feeding, but why take any chances? For those of you considering Filler Injections  i don't want to sound flippant, but what is more important -  your appearance or your baby's health? I rarely do any cosmetic procedures on a woman who is pregnant or breast feeding.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Juvederm and breastfeeding

The safety of Juvederm during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established because no tests were performed in this population.  So the recommendation is not to use cosmetic devices and injectables during pregnancy and lactation.

Juvederm is made of hyaluronic acid, the same substance that is in our skin naturally.  There are no reports of any kind on Juvederm and pregnancy or Juvederm and lactation, either positive or negative. 


Emily Altman, MD
Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Juvederm and breast feeding

While I doubt very much that injections of juvederm to the face would impact breast feeding, no one really knows for sure.  It is best to avoid injections during this time to be safest.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Juvederm in breastfeeding mom

If a drug, or a device, has not been tested specifically on breastfeeding women then it cannot be "approved" for that population's use. That being said, there is no reason why this product should be any problem as I would not expect it to be found in breast milk and even if it was it is probably safer than lots of the food that we eat. 

Jo Herzog, MD
Birmingham Dermatologist
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Juvéderm® is safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Juvéderm® [and other fillers] have not been formally studied in pregnancy and breastfeeding, but

1. there is no evidence from animal studies that Juvéderm® causes problems during pregnacy or breastfeeding, and

2. Juvéderm® is made from hyaluronic acid, abbreviated as "HA" [which is actually a form of sugar] found naturally throughout your body already. HA holds much of the water in your tissues, giving your skin it's springy, gel-like quality.

There is no scientific basis for thinking that Juvéderm® treatment during breastfeeding would be a problem for yourself or your baby, so stop worrying and start enjoying!

I have treated some of my patients during pregnancy or breastfeeding with Juvéderm®, with no problems for mother or baby, and good results.

Kevin C. Smith, MD
Niagara Falls Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 4 reviews


According to Allergan, the manufacturere of Juvederm, there has not been any indication that the presence of Juvederm will affect your baby through breastfeeding-does that mean that it's safe?  Who knows?  I advise all my patients who are breast feeding  not use fillers and Botox until they are done.  It's always better to err on safety than the unknown.

Edward J. Bednar, MD
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 125 reviews

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