You’ve finally got your beautiful baby and what a gift! However, that sagging skin on your stomach that you thought for sure, would go right back to normal hasn’t changed after 4 months! Is this it? Are you destined to live with these stretch marks and thin, wrinkled skin on your belly?
For starters, cut yourself some slack, you just created a human being and your body needs time to heal!
How it works:
Your round belly deflates like a slow leak and in about 4 weeks your uterus will contract back to its normal size before you were pregnant. All your body cells that are holding fluids will slowly release them but this will take a few weeks too. Remember it took 9 months to stretch it all out, it’s going to take time to snap back and it may never go back completely. Chances are you were careful to use a good moisturizer on your tummy during pregnancy as prevention but now we are going to have to up the ante and work on damage control.
These are small tears in the skin from rapid growth in the area for which the collagen and elastin couldn’t keep up with. I wish I had better news about them but they are just like a scar, there for life but they do fade! For some, the pink or red stretch marks will turn white but will always have that shiny appearance and for darker skinned people, they may remain with a brownish colour. Some marks can be surgically removed but without surgery, we can still lighten and soften them and tighten the skin to make them appear less noticeable.
Sagging Skin Skin Tightening and Remodeling
Currently, the one of the top modalities for tightening the skin and remodeling it at the same time is Microneedling with RF. It triggers the skin’s ability to regenerate and promotes collagen remodeling. This treatment has been seen to improve the stretch marks as well as tighten the sagging skin. INFINI is safe for all skin types and can be used anywhere on the body.
Only numbing cream is required for one hour prior to treatment and there is no downtime. 3 Treatments spaced a month apart are recommended. It’s important for you to be realistic about your expectations. The improvements will be slow and multiple treatments are the key. We are waiting for your collagen to grow post treatment and it could take 3-6 months to start seeing your results.
INFINI for stretch marks and skin tightening (Results vary by individual patient and cannot be guaranteed)
Thermage is a well-known skin tightening option for most areas of the body that uses just Radio Frequency. It gets some impressive results on the stomach. Radio Frequency can safely penetrate the skin to a deeper level heating it and stimulating subdermal collagen & elastin production. These are the proteins in our skin that provide elasticity and a youthful, plump appearance. Our bodies produce it on a regular basis but it slows down as we age. Sun exposure, smoking, an unhealthy diet can all drastically reduce your collagen production. We need the kick re-start of an energy device to push it.
Thermage Before and After (Results vary by individual patient and cannot be guaranteed)
Fraxel sends microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into your skin to speed up your body’s remodeling of collagen. The laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time and leaves the surrounding tissue intact, which promotes very rapid healing. Four or more Fraxel treatments is needed to get about a 40% improvement on the stretch marks and skin’s tone and texture. Fraxel is also excellent at reducing the appearance of surgical scars post-Cesarean delivery (C-section).
Will Creams Help?
Most moisturizers won’t do much except temporarily plump the skin and make it look better but a retinoid cream will make some difference. Once you are finished with breastfeeding, you can start on a proven regime of retinol and glycolic acid & Vitamin SkinMedica’s Scar Recovery Gel also help minimize the appearance of scars.
Remember, if you are having trouble losing some of that baby weight, CoolSculpting is a safe, non-invasive way to trim some unwanted inches and will often help tighten the skin.