Restore Your Body After Baby
Carrying a baby and giving birth is a life changing experience. While the female body is designed to reproduce, the after effects can make women self conscious about their post-pregnancy bodies. Stretch marks, loose skin, and discoloration affect most moms, but many aren’t aware that there are treatments available that can improve the look and feel trouble spots. Dr. Carol Clinton of Timeless Skin Solutions in Dublin and New Albany, a medical spa that features the latest in prescription-grade skin care products and treatments, recommends these options to her patients:
Post-Pregnancy Stretch Marks
Depending on the severity of stretch marks, improvement can be seen with use of topical products and/or the Titan™ procedure. Emu Oil is a highly moisturizing, natural skin softener with rejuvenating properties. It is recommended for use during and after pregnancy. Kojic acid and azelaic acid are both effective as lightening agents. By combing these topicals with Titan, a non-invasive procedure which reduces redness and improves elasticity, women can see results in their post-pregnancy body in as little as eight weeks.
Post-Pregnancy Skin Discoloration
Discoloration is a common side effect of pregnancy. It frequently appears on the face. Topicals that contain Kojic and/or azelaic acid can significantly improve skin discoloration. After pregnancy, retinA and hydroquinone can also safely be used for discoloration. For cases that require more intense treatment, Dr. Clinton recommends Pearl™ or Intense Pulse Light (IPL) therapy. Pearl combines the impact of resurfacing lasers with the gentleness and safety of non-invasive procedures to treat damaged skin. IPL passes through the top layer of skin and is selectively absorbed by brown, black or blue pigments particles within the skin. Those cells then break into miniscule particles that are removed by the body’s immune system.
Post-Pregnancy Loose Skin
The Titan procedure is recommended to tighten the loose skin that remains after 9 months of pregnancy. While the procedure does not aid in weight loss, it does tighten the skin improving elasticity.
“It’s never too late to address skin issues related to pregnancy. Even if you had your children 20 or 30 years ago, you can still improve your skin’s tone and texture,” says Dr. Clinton.