During pregnancy, most women may feel like every inch of their body undergoes change. Thanks to the various hormone changes taking place, and it’s nearly true. The natural and necessary weight gain and the skin stretching the body created in order to make room for the baby, can leave you left with various stretch marks, excess weight and loose skin.
For stretch marks around the torso and on the breasts, Fraxel laser resurfacing is an effective non-invasive treatment. This procedure is specially designed to treat deep, old stretch marks that have already turned silvery-white. It works by resurfacing the skin 20 to 30 percent at a time with micro-damage, which allows for rapid healing while eliminating the risk of rawness. For fresh, red or purple stretch marks, the VBeam pulse-dye laser will work to destroy damaged blood vessels that cause irregular pigment. The VBeam emits a concentrated beam of at a specific wavelength to treat the concerned area effectively.
For excess fat that is left behind after pregnancy, CoolSculpting and Liposonix are two reliable non-surgical treatments that are virtually painless and require minimal downtime. The CoolSculpting device uses extreme cold temperatures to freeze fat cells, which then naturally metabolize out of the body. Liposonix uses a similar non-invasive approach, but instead it uses high-intensity ultrasound technology to target and heat fat around the abdomen and love handles, which will then naturally metabolize out of the body.
Another fat reduction treatment, which is minimally invasive, can provide patients with more drastic results, is laser liposuction. The widely-known liposuction vacuums fat out of pockets around the body, such as the thighs, hips, abdomen and flanks. Laser liposuction uses a similar approach except a laser is used to break down the fat prior to the vacuuming step in order to make it easier to extract, while stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, which will result in firmer, tighter and smoother skin with less bruising.
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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.