Pregnancy causes great physical changes in women’s bodies, which can cause flaccidity, loss of skin elasticity, stretch marks and varicose veins.
It must be taken into account that women’s skin will be subjected to significant stress. The belly area and breasts will be stretched, which may cause the skin to take a long time to return to its position. The pelvic muscles are also affected and spots and wrinkles appear.
So after giving birth, some women decide to undergo aesthetic treatments to speed up recovery.
But in order to know which treatments will have an effect or are more indicated after labor, you must first understand and know what will happen to the woman’s body once she has given birth and what other solutions they can provide.
What changes does the body face in pregnancy?
First of all, we must take into account the level of stress produced not only by pregnancy and labor, but also by the days that follow and by breastfeeding. Each baby is different, so depending on his behavior and the demand he requires, he will allow his parents to rest more or less.
Stress aside, physically the woman will have:
- Fluid retention: this is one of the most common problems during pregnancy. It occurs due to increased hormone levels and decreased blood circulation.
- Localized fat: fat accumulation commonly occurs in the legs, hips, thighs and belly. Weight gain and fluid retention enhance these accumulations.
- Stretch marks: Stretch marks appear during pregnancy due to skin stretching. They usually do so on the chest, belly and hips.
- Wrinkles: hormonal changes also favor the appearance of wrinkles due to fluid retention and loss of skin elasticity.
- Flaccidity: this is one of the most striking and unpleasant effects of pregnancy, since it affects several parts of the body, due to skin stretching, weight gain and hormonal changes.
In view of the upcoming changes in a woman’s body, it would also be advisable to start activities and routines before delivery that can help the recovery process to be faster.
For example, a balanced and nutrient-rich diet will serve to give the baby all the necessary nutrients, but also to recover, maintain or improve health and energy after childbirth.
Kegel exercises, which can be performed at any time of life, strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and help prevent incontinence and other problems related to childbirth.
After labor, rest is also essential to reduce pain and swelling. And physical therapy helps to restore muscle function and reduce pain. Also after labor, it is very important to perform hypopressive exercises, which help to recover the pelvic and abdominal muscles.
Aesthetic treatments after labor
With this in mind, after labor any woman can consider undergoing a cosmetic treatment to help restore the skin to its position. However, living a healthy life will be much more important, both with and without treatments.
Not smoking, not drinking, eating well, moisturizing the skin and exercising, even if it is gentle, help the body to regenerate, fight free radicals and predispose the body to an easier recovery.
In principle, the main objective of aesthetic treatments after labor is to firm the skin, improve flaccidity and reduce wrinkles and blemishes.
How long to wait to start treatment?
In principle, there is no waiting period, but the physical condition of each person and his or her recovery will be taken into account. With this in mind, a woman is considered to be in good condition after labor as of the sixth week.
Who decides when a woman is ready to undergo cosmetic treatment? Well, the doctor. The best advice is to wait until the body is fit and not to get ahead of yourself, which could lead to problems.
If it is decided to choose breastfeeding, this must be communicated because some treatments are incompatible with it.
To improve flaccidity
To recover the tone and firm the skin, we must opt for treatments that boost the production of collagen, which is the protein responsible for maintaining the structure of the skin.
As treatments after labor we can choose firming treatments such as radiofrequency. In this way we can improve the tension of the tissues both in firming treatments and to combat stretch marks and localized fat. By means of electromagnetic waves it achieves improvements in the fat tissue with heat.
The best thing about this treatment is that it is painless and many sessions are not necessary to notice positive effects.
For localized fat
In the case of localized fat, there are different treatments we can use.
- Electroporation uses waves to introduce powerful active ingredients that act in the deepest layers of the skin. In the case of localized fat after pregnancy, electroporation reduces the volume of fat with lipolytic and anti-inflammatory active ingredients, which act by draining and defining the tissue.
- Pressure therapy can also help to reduce localized fat as it has a draining function. It activates blood circulation and the lymphatic system, through which it eliminates waste. This promotes cell regeneration.
- The main function of cavitation is to eliminate localized fat through ultrasound. It destroys the fat cells and these are subsequently eliminated through the lymphatic circulation. HIFU acts in the same way as cavitation but in this case it eliminates fat by causing burns.
- Massage or lymphatic drainage will also help reduce fat accumulation in areas such as the abdomen, legs and hips.
For hair loss
Hormonal changes can also cause hair loss after labor. It is a cosmetic problem for many women, which can be treated with hair products, massages, some vitamin supplements or cosmetic treatments.
The objective of treatments to prevent hair loss is not only to stop hair loss, but also to activate the production of the hair follicle so that hair can grow back.
As we said at the beginning, each woman will have specific needs, so the treatments after labor should be indicated by a professional based on the analysis of the skin condition.