Stretch marks, cellulite and pigmentation are some of the concerns that come with giving birth. For many ladies, there’s often a pressure to look good during and after pregnancy.
But let’s be real: those picture-perfect celeb mums you see on the Internet are often backed by a team of personal trainers and nutritionists who are helping them to maintain their image.
Most of us don’t have that! Yearning to go back to your pre-pregnancy state right after giving birth is not only an unrealistic expectation, but also potentially detrimental to your mental health.
Progress is a journey that takes time, and there are treatments out there that can help you through it, while giving you a confidence boost.
After pregnancy, elastin and collagen fibres that are stretched may not return to a pre-sprung state.
The skin may become permanently loose and stretched at the abdomen, the breasts and any other areas where weight gain has taken place. While topical creams may help to reduce the appearance of post-pregnancy stretch marks, without treatment they are often visible.
The customised stretch marks treatment at Amaris B Clinic uses a combination of skin dermabrasion with tightening, peeling and collagen-stimulating treatments. There’s no downtime needed, and you may need a series of five, 10 or 15 sessions for full results.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone.
For this, try PICO Pigmentation Laser, an FDA-approved PICOCARE laser treatment that targets pigmentation concerns like dark spots, acne scars, freckles and melasma.
PICOCARE uses the principle of Laser Induced Optical Breakdown (LIOB), where the laser energy penetrates deeper into the skin to treat targeted areas without damaging the skin surface.
For fluid retention or cellulite issues, try the non-invasive lymphatic drainagetreatment.
The comfortable and relaxing procedure involves suiting up in a patented bodysuit with 400 integrated pressure chambers, which stimulate areas on the body. It’s similar to how the Chinese cupping therapy works, and feels almost like a massage.
High and low pressure are applied through the chambers, which also results in better blood circulation. This treatment may also help with other chronic issues over time, as it detoxifies the body, gets rid of toxins and improves overall health.
Dr Ivan Puah, Medical Director at Amaris B Clinic, has over 20 years of clinical practice in medicine. Accredited by the Ministry of Health Singapore to perform liposuction, he is a VASER-certified physician and is also the appointed trainer for PICOCARE in Singapore.
Recently, the clinic received recognition as the 2019 Body Sculpting Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific by Global Health and Travel, and the 2020 Best Weight Management award by Tatler Singapore.
For more post-pregnancy aesthetic treatments, make an appointment at the clinic.
For something a little stronger…
Pregnancy often causes changes in the body. If you’re looking to target problem areas that are resistant to exercise or diet, VASER Lipo is a less-invasive form of liposuction you can consider.
Like liposuction, it eliminates unwanted fat, but does so in a gentler manner. Sound energy is used to liquefy fat cells in targeted areas, leaving the surrounding cells unharmed.
Fat cells that are destroyed during the procedure do not grow back, which means fat loss is permanent. However, you’ll need to follow up with a proper exercise regime and healthy eating plan to maintain the results.