Dr. Oz Is Catching Heat for His Controversial Opinion on Fillers

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Celebrity pregnancies are often filled with excitement and countdowns to delivery, but Kylie Jenner’s purported first pregnancy has revolved around one key question: Can she still get lip injections if she’s pregnant?

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When answering a caller’s question on Tuesday night’s episode of Watch What Happens Live about whether Jenner can continue getting lip injections while pregnant, Dr. Mehmet Oz stated, “Injections in her mouth are fine to get. It will not spread from there, it will not be a problem.”

Host Andy Cohen’s then asked if the same rings true for facial injections for those who are expecting. Dr. Oz answered, ”Should be fine; it will not be a problem,” then states he would focus on the baby and not his face in that point in his career, suggesting Jenner rely on the natural, “cherub-like glow” pregnancy delivers to women, instead. While Dr. Oz explained that “those things are supposed to be inert”—meaning he does not believe fillers will not cause any harm to the baby—other experts don’t subscribe to the same laissez-faire attitude.

“I don’t see any point in risking an injection in the mouth during pregnancy,” says West Palm Beach, FL, Kenneth Beer, MD, adding that the human immune system is somewhat suppressed during pregnancy. “Why risk an injection during that time?”

Dr. Beer says that while the ingredients found in an injection are “safe”—mainly hyaluronic acid—he still doesn’t feel comfortable injecting pregnant patients. “Hyaluronic acid is found in many living things and in many parts of the body so it can be no big deal, but what happens to someone that gets very nervous with injections and it raises her blood pressure? It does not make a lot of sense to me.”

Though Dr. Beer does not believe there is a huge risk associated with injections during pregnancy—he explains there is no cluster of problems to suggest that these injections are problematic to date—he does warn that there is a “very small theoretical risk” and prefers to wait until patients are not pregnant. “There are more than four million women a year who get injections; I would bet that a significant number are pregnant and don’t know it yet or haven’t told their doctors.” To play it safe, Dr. Beer suggests waiting until you’ve delivered, but if you must, he says the second and third trimester are “relatively safe” for lip injections compared to the first.

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