Mommy Makeover: How to Recover from a Post-Baby Body
Carrying a baby and giving birth are some of the most miraculous experiences any woman can undergo. However, the entire process does take its toll on a woman's body. Usually, women are advised by their physicians to give their body a year to recover from childbirth. If at the end of that year you see problem areas that you have been unable to correct through dieting and exercise, then it might be time to seek other cosmetic options. Many women who experience this post-baby body conundrum are seeking out what we lovingly call a "Mommy Makeover" to rejuvenate their bodies after having accomplished something truly incredible.
In this article, we'll talk about the various post-baby body issues many women experience as well as the recommended treatments for each.
Initially stretch marks appear in shades of red, pink, and purple. As time passes, the marks usually fade to white or a silvery shade. They take on a depressed appearance and may feel soft to the touch. Stretch marks happen when the skin’s elastin and collagen tear. During pregnancy, your body produces a hormone called glucocorticoids which also makes the fibers of the skin tear even more readily.
Approximately 50 to 90 percent of all women will experience some degree of stretch marks, according to the University of Michigan, U-M Program for Clinical Research in Dermatology. With such high numbers, it is one of the most common post-pregnancy complaints women have about their bodies. It is also a leading cause of women seeking out cosmetic surgery options to repair the damage.
Unfortunately, there is no magic treatment to get rid of your stretch marks entirely. However, there are ways to reduce their appearance. One of the leading cosmetic treatments for stretch marks is Non-Fractional Broadband Light Therapy (BBL). BBL is a laser light therapy that targets the damaged areas of skin to reduce the discoloration and encourage renewed collagen product.
After pregnancy, it is not uncommon for your tummy to not snap back to its pre-pregnancy state no matter how much you exercise. A viable and successful treatment for a post-baby saggy stomach is a tummy tuck. This is a tried and true method to return your stomach to the flat appearance you crave. A tummy tuck can even improve the appearance of your C-section scar. Another option is laser liposuction, which will liquefy fat cells and contour the body for a firmer appearance in the mid-section.
Breasts often sag after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Most women are familiar with breast augmentation options. You can also opt to have a breast lift to restore your breasts to their pre-pregnancy perkiness.
Extra Weight in the Hips, Thighs, and Abdomen
After giving birth you might be packing a bit of extra weight in thighs, hips and abdomen. For such problem areas, you may want to consider having laser liposuction. It is a minimally invasive procedure that melts and removes unwanted fat. After the procedure, you can expect a firmer, slimmer appearance.
Cool Sculpting and Its Many Problems
Cool Sculpting was believed to be one of the most promising cosmetic procedures for post-baby body repairs. Unfortunately, it sounds better than it actually is and many patients have had disappointing results. Typically, patients don’t achieve the fat-free look they desire and they even go on to gain additional weight in the treated areas. Nerve and tissue damage have also occurred as a direct result of the procedure. There are many other cosmetic treatment options that are far better than Cool Sculpting.