While the miracle of childbirth is a beautiful thing, having a baby can result in some less-than-desirable effects on your body: stretch marks, loose skin, visible blood vessels on the face, abdomen and/or legs and fatty deposits can take some of the joy from being a new mom. Thankfully there are treatments that can help.
Stretch marks happen when skin is excessively stretched during pregnancy, causing tiny tears in the dermis, the elastic middle layer of skin that allows skin to retain its shape. When stretched too much, the dermis breaks down, leaving behind shiny, depressed marks that sometimes look like long scars. Stretch marks get their red and purple colors when the stretching causes the blood vessels to dilate. Over time, the color will fade and the bands will become lighter in color than surrounding skin, meaning they are still very obvious to the eye.
The best treatments available for stretch marks are usually a combination of VBeam pulsed dye laser treatments to remove redness, and either Fraxel laser skin resurfacing to stimulate healthy collagen growth, or Portrait laser treatments to stimulate the body to regenerate new skin in these areas.
For moms who suffer from fat deposits and loose skin, a laser liposuction procedure is a significantly more affordable option than traditional liposuction because it’s a less invasive process. The downtime after the procedure is usually only 1 to 2 days, its performed on-site under local anesthesia and it will tighten the skin as well.
Keep in mind that you’ll want to wait at least until your baby is about 3 months old before undergoing any type of liposuction procedure, as it takes about that long for your body to recover from childbirth.
There are many ways to help your post-pregnancy body! These are just a few to get you started in the right direction.
Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.