How to Treat Common Problems After Pregnancy
After pregnancy, you’ll not only have lots of new responsibility, but also some exciting challenges as you embark on this new stage of your life. One challenge you shouldn’t have to face postpartum, though, is problem skin. If your skin isn’t what it used to be, you’re not alone, and there are options to help you get back to feeling like your normal self.
We’ve broken down a few of the top postpartum cosmetic treatments that are safe and effective for new mothers.
It’s no secret that pregnancy can take a toll on your body. Even after baby is born, we are often left with stubborn little pockets of fat, especially around the stomach, that are difficult to get rid of.
But as a new mom, finding time to squeeze in extra workouts can be a challenge, and not as much of a priority when you’re only 10 to 20 pounds away from your pre-pregnancy weight.
Thankfully, there is another solution.
CoolSculpting™ is a body contouring treatment that uses controlled cooling at the surface of the skin to break down stubborn fat cells permanently.
The procedure is safe, non-invasive, and non-surgical, requiring absolutely no downtime.
Patients usually see some results within 3 to 4 weeks, however, you likely won’t see the full results until the 8 to 12-week mark.
It’s important to know that CoolSculpting™ is not a weight loss treatment, and the fat will return if you don’t maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise.
The AquaGold treatment uses microchanneling technology to distribute products such as dermal fillers, hyaluronic acid, Botox, retinol, and antioxidants directly into the skin via 24 karat gold needles, each of which is smaller than a strand of human hair. The procedure is pain-free and helps to brighten the skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve acne scarring without any downtime, so you can get right back to mommy duty.
Patients typically see results within three-to-seven days, which can last between three-to-four months.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to treat and improve certain skin conditions like acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, loose skin, large pores, and stretch marks.
Microneedling works by encouraging your skin to create more collagen by making small pin pricks under the skin to cause minor injury. The skin responds to the pricks by producing new collagen-rich tissue that becomes firmer, and more even in tone and texture.
Due to hormonal changes, risk of melasma, dry skin, and other changes happening to your body, this procedure should be avoided until 6 months after giving birth.
Fraxel re:store Dual Laser System
The Fraxel Dual Laser resurfacing treatment is a non-ablative fractionated resurfacing laser that’s used to treat wrinkles around the eyes, age spots, sunspots, uneven skin texture, and large pores.
Each treatment targets only one section of the skin at a time, allowing for quicker healing, and minimal downtime and recovery.
Just like with microneedling, Fraxel, and any other laser treatments should be avoided until you are at least 6 months postpartum.
Sclerotherapy helps to eliminate spider veins by injecting a sclerosing solution directly into the veins, causing them to swell, fuse together, and seal shut. This prevents blood from flowing into the treated vein and turns it into scar tissue, which is then absorbed by the body. The unsightly veins will then fade within a few weeks.
Sclerotherapy requires no recovery or downtime, however, you may need to wear a compression bandage for 3 days after the procedure to help with the sclerosing process and blood flow.
Other Tips for Good Skin Care After Giving Birth
Due to the changes in your hormone levels after birth, you may notice acne spots and other common skin problems appearing on your skin.
Here are some of the best ways you can take care of your skin after pregnancy at home.
Your skin is at its best when it is properly hydrated. So to maintain healthy skin, it’s important to drink lots of water to help flush out toxins from the body.
Clean and Moisturize Your Skin Regularly
Keeping your skin clean by cleansing twice a day with a gentle cleanser is important to remove any makeup, baby food, spit-up, or other residue that can clog your pores.
Regardless of your skin type, using a moisturizer after you wash your face is also important to help keep your skin balanced.
Protect Your Skin with SPF
As a new mom, you’d never bring your baby out in the sun without complete sun protection, so it’s important to make sure you take the same care when it comes to your own skin by wearing a sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF.
Be careful when choosing a sunscreen if you are breastfeeding, however.
While most sunscreens are safe while breastfeeding, some studies suggest that certain ingredients typically found in sunscreen can be dangerous.
Try to avoid sunscreens that contain:
Every woman’s postpartum journey is different, so what works for some new mommies may not work for everyone. Contact Dr. Tosoni to discuss your skin care concerns and determine the best possible solution to help make you feel like your old self again after giving birth.
Dr. Caroline Tosoni pursued her Medical Degree at McMaster University and completed her post-graduate medical residency in Family Medicine through the University of Ottawa in 1998. Fluently bilingual in French and English, she opened her medical practice in Ottawa in July of 1998. Since 2000, Dr. Tosoni has focused her medical practice on Cosmetic Dermatology and has received extensive training and obtained multiple certifications in various medical cosmetic enhancement procedures such as Phlebology, Botox® Cosmetic, Dermal Fillers, SoftLift,™ BeautiPhication,™ Belkyra injections, CoolSculpting,™ Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Laser Medicine. Dr. Caroline Tosoni is also proficient in the treatment of Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and Migraine Headaches with Botox® Therapeutic. In 2015, Dr. Tosoni’s practice officially received a Focused Practice in Dermatology designation by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association.