Pregnancy is a magical time for a woman, but it can also be tough on her body. It can leave marks, cause her to gain or lose weight rapidly, and change the way she looks and feels about herself.
After nine months of carrying a baby in her womb, a mother is left with scars and marks as proof of her sacrifice. Nourishing a child in her own body means having to eat for two. In some cases, this leaves the new mom with more body fat than she would care to have.
All this explains the cultural fascination with pre- and post-baby bodies. Many women seek ways to improve the way they look after welcoming their little bundle of joy into the world. Whether it’s to bring back their pre-baby body or to improve the way they feel about themselves, the demand for postpartum makeover solutions has reached greater heights in the MENA region.
From liposuction to laser therapy, here are the six most in-demand mom makeover solutions that cosmetic doctors and beauty clinics can consider offering in the region:
1. Non-invasive slimming procedures
After having children, women usually won’t have the same abdominal tightness they had prior to pregnancy. In fact, many of them find it hard to get the same tone of the body they had instantly with just exercise. In this case, the issue is normally two-fold.
First, the abdominal muscles become stretched and separated during pregnancy to make way for the growing baby. These muscles never completely return to their original state and remain separated for many women. More severe cases of this condition, known as diastasis recti, can even cause some women to still look pregnant even after time has passed since giving birth.
Second, some women with diastasis recti are left with loose skin because the belly was stretched to the limit for nine months.
Fortunately, non-invasive slimming procedures guarantee a remedy for the body after baby issues.
Non-invasive slimming procedures entail tightening, carving and shaping the skin and the muscles leading to contour the body. Also, this process can help improve stretch marks.
Women with a less obvious bulge on their bellies can opt for a mini tuck combined with liposuction. Doctors perform a mini tuck to manage the area just below the belly button.
Liposuction can also be done with the more comprehensive tummy tuck. Doctors use a liposuction instrument on the sides of her body to achieve a beautiful silhouette.
Some women only need liposuction to treat their abdominal issues, though doctors believe that this is much less common and should only be done for women with a pouch of abdominal fat and no abdominal muscle separation. In these cases, better results can be achieved with the help of a power assisted liposuction machine like PAL from MicroAire, for a less traumatic and invasive procedure that helps stimulate collagen production and achieve skin contraction.
3. Breast Lift Surgery
The combination of age and gravity can cause women’s breasts to droop over time. But when you add pregnancy and breastfeeding into the equation, the process goes into overdrive.
Aside from sagging, the postpartum breast also undergoes considerable changes. The areolas in the nipples expand and the entire body of the breast may lose its original volume.
With breast deflation, many women lose the youthful shape and size of their breasts. To remedy this, doctors recommend breast lift surgery. Medically referred to as mastopexy, this procedure aims to restore the youthful appearance of a woman’s breasts.
To perform this, doctors remove excess skin and tighten the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the breast’s new contour. As a result, it raises the breast and makes it look fuller.
4. Breast Augmentation
Women who have lost a lot of volume in their breasts following birth but still have their nipples in a good position can opt for a simple breast augmentation. This can help restore the appearance of their breast without the need for breast lift surgery.
You see, breast augmentation is considered less invasive compared to mastopexy. This procedure can be done in two ways: by transferring fat from other parts of the patient’s body into the breast, or with the use of breast implants.
Breast augmentation not only brings back the youthful appearance of the breasts, but it can also help achieve a more rounded shape or improve symmetry in breast size.
5. Laser Therapy
Another proof of a woman’s time of nurturing another life in her womb comes in the form of stretch marks. These normally appear as colored lines and streaks, particularly along the belly and any other part of a woman’s body that has grown in size rapidly during pregnancy.
Basically, stretch marks are reddish or purplish tears on the skin that fade into white over time. These marks don’t indicate any health issue, but they are considered one of the reminders of pregnancy that are most difficult to get rid of.
Still, several procedures show great promise in removing stretch marks, such as laser and radiofrequency therapies. The Cutera laser machine or the eMatrixTWO from Candela can be used for skin resurfacing and tightening, while the Venus Viva from Venus can be used to treat stretch marks and skin irregularities. These are common treatments used to remove stretch marks using Radio Frequency to stimulate faster tissue regeneration.
Radio frequency will not stimulate melanin production so there is no risk for skin hypo or hyperpigmentation.
While this has been proven to be effective, a patient needs more than one session of radio frequency to notice significant results.
Another method of dealing with stretch marks is microneedling. This procedure makes use of tiny needles to poke into the dermis – the middle layer of the skin where stretch marks appear – to elicit collagen production. The increase in collagen and elastin is what promotes skin generation and improves the appearance of stretch marks.
To treat stretch marks effectively, a woman needs more than one session of the treatment during the course of a few months. Microneedling is a more effective stretch mark treatment for women with darker skin tone.
Cosmetic procedures developed to restore a part of the body to its former glory are heaven-sent for many women, especially after giving birth. The procedures listed in this article not only change the way new mothers look physically but also improve their self-confidence, which can help them overcome the challenges of motherhood that lie ahead.
Elias Chabtini is the Founder and CEO of Medica Group, a leader in providing complete beauty solutions for medical aesthetic clinics, dentists and beauty aesthetic centers, setting high standards and providing high-quality products. Chabtini is renowned for his international leadership and expertise in non-invasive cosmetic surgery, and his 20 years of experience and consumer-centered practices have placed him as one of the 100 Inspiring Leaders in the Middle East by ArabianBusiness.com.