How to Feel Better About Your Postpartum Skin

How to Feel Better About Your Postpartum Skin

If you’ve recently had a baby or will be giving birth soon, you may be concerned about how your skin will look after pregnancy. While it will take some time for your body to go back to its pre-pregnancy look, you can expect to see improvements in your postpartum skin over time. Several options are available to help with skin issues that don’t resolve on their own.

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What Happens to the Skin After Having a Baby

After growing a baby and finally going through childbirth, you can expect your body to look and feel different. Postpartum skin changes are a common concern new mothers deal with. During pregnancy, hormones fluctuate, and the abdomen’s skin stretches to accommodate the growing baby. Once the baby is out, women often notice their skin is dry or oily, full of marks, stretched, or even sagging after childbirth. As a result, many worry their skin won’t return to its pre-baby form due to the following common issues:

Loose Skin

Indeed, it can take some time for the skin to return to its pre-pregnancy form. Eating a healthy diet, drinking enough water, and exercising can help this process. Nevertheless, some women may continue to deal with loose skin months after giving birth. Fortunately, there are procedures available to tighten skin and help women look more toned.

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are another common concern for new mothers. These purple or pink marks often appear as the skin stretches during pregnancy. After childbirth, the stretch marks will start to fade. They may never become completely invisible and may be noticeable in shorts or swimsuits. Cosmetic procedures can help reduce the visibility of these marks.

Acne

Hormones change during and after pregnancy, which can affect your skin. Some women discover that their acne has cleared up while they’re pregnant, only to return after giving birth. Your skin may be drier than normal after having a baby, or you may experience the opposite effect with oily skin.

With loss of sleep and many other factors, your skin may look dull, tired, and older. You can try some non-invasive procedures if you want to rejuvenate your skin and look healthy again.

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5 Tips for Treating Postpartum Skin

Noninvasive or nonsurgical treatments improve the skin temporarily. These procedures may help you feel better about your appearance until your body is able to return to its pre-pregnancy state or you decide to do something more permanent.

Skin treatments can revitalize areas of the skin that are dull with procedures like dermabrasion, a chemical peel, or liquid facelift. These and other treatments can help rejuvenate your facial skin and give you a more rested and refreshed appearance. Under-eye fillers can remove dark shadows and lines that can create a sleep-deprived look.

One of the benefits of non-surgical procedures is that there is no downtime for recovery. You can continue taking care of your baby and the rest of your obligations without worrying about taking time out to heal. These treatments are also less expensive than plastic surgery, with some costing around $300 up to $1000.

Along with special treatments for your skin, here are five tips to help you care for your postpartum skin every day:

1. Cover up

Avoid direct sunlight, which can cause damage from UVA rays along with sunburn, freckles, and dark spots. If you’re planning to be out in the sunlight, apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

2. Hydrate

Drink plenty of water to provide moisture to your skin. If you’re breastfeeding, you may need even more water than normal. Ask your doctor how much water you should strive to drink each day.

3. Get some rest

We’ve all heard it before, but try to get some shuteye. Getting enough sleep can be difficult with a new baby, so try to take naps and rest when the baby is asleep. This will help your skin get the time to repair itself.

4. Eat healthy

Eat fresh fruits and vegetables each day. These foods contain many vitamins and minerals that your skin needs.

5. Keep a skincare routine

Use skincare products every day to cleanse and moisturize your skin. Physician-grade skin care products, available at your doctor’s office or those only available by prescription, are formulated by Dermatologists and Surgeons with an intimate understanding of the science behind great skin and generally produce better results and more targeted solutions.

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Other Procedures to Resolve Issues with Postpartum Skin

If you want more dramatic results with your loose or sagging skin after childbirth, you may want to consider surgical alternatives. The tummy tuck is one of the most popular procedures because it removes loose skin and tightens abdominal muscles for a more toned appearance like what you had before pregnancy.

If you struggle with some pockets of excess fat that won’t go away even though you’re eating healthy and exercising, liposuction may be the answer. You can combine liposuction and a tummy tuck to take care of loose skin around your abdomen. A Mommy Makeover is another option, which combines multiple procedures to address issues from pregnancy and breastfeeding.

With any plastic surgery procedure, you want to wait for at least six months after giving birth. This time allows your body to recover from childbirth and feel better physically and mentally before undergoing a surgical procedure. During that time, you can spend time with your newborn and adapt to a new schedule. Once you’re feeling more like yourself and getting more rest, you can think about the next step to address issues with postpartum skin.

How Dr. Leo Lapuerta Can Help

Dr. Leo Lapuerta founded the QuadA Accredited Plastic Surgery Institute of Southeast Texas in 2003 to provide a safe, convenient outpatient option dedicated to cosmetic plastic surgery. He offers numerous surgical procedures and treatments to help patients look and feel their best. He understands that doing any kind of work to enhance your natural beauty is as much about mental health as physical appearance.

As a mother, you take care of others and see to their needs. You deserve to take care of yourself and feel confident about the way you look. Non-invasive skin treatments can help you achieve your goals for your appearance. 

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