Childbearing creates a physical and emotional strain on the body, and while pregnancy has a number of physical benefits, the aftereffects are often visible and even damaging to a woman’s appearance and self-esteem. A growing number of women are turning to plastic surgery after childbirth to correct some of the most obvious and bothersome characteristics through procedures like tummy tuck and Los Angeles breast lift, but many moms forget about one highly important area – the skin.
How Does Pregnancy Affect the Skin?
Rapid chemical changes during pregnancy alter the way a pregnant woman’s body maintains and nourishes the skin, improving the levels of nutrients in the skin to create that pregnancy “glow.” Unfortunately, after childbirth the levels of certain hormones drop significantly – sometimes too far, so that they rob the skin of some of the chemical triggers that prompt it to produce collagen and elastin, the proteins that keep skin looking young and firm.
Many women considering mommy makeover procedures like tummy tuck in Los Angeles do not notice these skin changes as an important cause of their newly “worn-out” look, partly because other changes like loss of breast volume and overstretched abdominal muscles tend to be more obvious. However, most women can benefit from taking a second look at their procedure plan and asking their surgeon whether it makes sense to combine skin treatments with their Los Angeles breast lift or tummy tuck.
How Mommy Makeover Skin Enhancements Work
Laser resurfacing and chemical peels can improve the tone and texture of the skin, minimize the appearance of wrinkles, and stimulate the body to create more collagen and elastin. These procedures are very quick, with minimal if any downtime, and can often dramatically reduce the signs of worry and sleeplessness that typically appear on the faces of new mothers.
A few ways skin enhancements can complement the results of breast and body contouring procedures:
Focus: For most women, there are good reasons sagging breasts or loose abdominal tissues take priority over procedures for the face and skin. At the same time, though, because the delicate tissues of the face, hands, and even the collar area tend to show the first signs of aging, small changes to these areas can dramatically improve a woman’s overall appearance.
Balance: Mommy makeover procedures aim to restore a younger, more attractive form to the body, but balance is essential for good results. Skin treatments help ensure that your face looks as young as your body.
Longevity of Results: Skin-level treatments like chemical peels improve the look of the skin, but they also improve skin health. While most skin treatments are designed for the face, a select few can also improve the health of skin in other areas of the body, creating a tighter, firmer look that enhances the results of liposuction or tummy tuck and can help Los Angeles women minimize the appearance of incision scars over time.
As with any plastic surgery procedure after childbirth, the right approach for you will depend on your unique shape and goals, and on your surgeon’s areas of expertise, so be sure to discuss your options thoroughly with a surgeon you trust, before you undergo a treatment that you are not sure of.