A woman’s body undergoes many changes during pregnancy and even after they give birth. Weight gain is necessary in order to grow a healthy baby during pregnancy, however the body isn’t used to the rapid increase in weight so the skin will be forced to stretch and test its limits. Post pregnancy, the body begins to change again in order to readjust to its new shape. The body, once again changes and in many cases, women find that their bodies don’t go back to the way they were before the pregnancy. Whenever there is weight gain followed by weight loss, regardless of pregnancy, the elasticity in the skin can become damaged, which results in loose skin.
After such sudden stretching when the belly grows, the two top layers of the skin tear, which makes it more difficult to treat. The epidermis layer is responsible for pigment, cells and protein. The dermis later is composed of collagen and connection tissue, and is responsible for the elasticity in the skin. If the skin’s elasticity is overworked, it can result in saggy skin on the stomach, thighs, arms, back and even the face.
Fortunately, there are procedures available today that require no incisions and virtually no downtime. Thermage has been clinically proven to tighten and gently lift skin to smooth out wrinkles and renew facial contours by using radiofrequency technology to strengthen collagen. It is also an effective treatment for the neck, stomach, arms and thighs. Another procedure that requires no surgery is Ulthera, an ultrasound device that uses acoustic energy sent deep into the tissue to stimulate collagen formation and skin tightening. It works best on the face and neck. For virtually anywhere on the body, the Fraxel, factional resurfacing procedure emits microscopic damage into the skin to create new collagen. Fraxel is also effective to treat old, white-silvery stretch marks anywhere on the body.