3 Ways Your Face Changes After Pregnancy

Pregnancy has a large effect on our entire bodies, causing many changes to occur both before and after delivery. Although most of us think only of pregnancy’s ability to cause changes to parts of us from the neck down the face also alters in certain ways as well.

1. Melasma

Melasma is a skin condition that is extremely common in women that have recently delivered a baby. It is often referred to as “the mask of pregnancy” because it causes a tonal change that usually results in the skin of the face taking on a darker, brownish hue. Melasma effects women with paler skin and darker hair most noticeably and can take the form of numerous, uneven marks or a more uniform darkening. Sun exposure can also cause affected areas to darken further.

2. Sunspots

Many women will begin to notice the appearance of uneven brownish or reddish marks around their forehead, middle of face, temples or surrounding the eyes and nose. These are most commonly referred to as sunspots despite the fact that they’re developed because of the hormonal changes and increased blood flow that comes about during pregnancy.

3. Redness

After having a baby many women experience increased redness of the face and the appearance of noticeable blood vessels or spider veins. These changes occur due to pregnancy increasing blood flow throughout the body — something that extends to even the tiny blood vessels that hide just underneath the surface of the skin — and altering your natural hormone levels. Photofacial treatment is ideal to target this problem.

What Can I Do?

Women that are experiencing melasma, sunspots or redness — and want to get rid of it quickly — have a number of options available to them. One of the most common treatments is a medical grade chemical peel. Products like the GloTherapeutics line are able to resurface the skin by stimulating the growth of healthier tissue. Daily use systems like the SkinTX Treatment System™ also present another great option and can be customized (with the guidance of a professional) to fit your exact needs.

Skin resurfacing treatments are another fantastic, non-invasive method for resolving post-natal skin conditions. Fraxel® is one of the more popular systems, leveraging highly advanced laser technology. Resurfacing treatments target problem areas with extremely precise lasers, carefully eliminating damaged skin tissue while stimulating the growth of new, healthy tissue in its place. Just like the topical solutions recommended above, Fraxel® is completely non-surgical — and able to provide you with exceptional, fast-acting results.

3 Ways Your Body Changes After Pregnancy and What to Do About It

pregnancy beauty careOur bodies change immensely during pregnancy and, after delivery, the signs of the stress put on us through these months become obvious. Luckily, there are a number of different ways to eliminate the most common, unpleasant changes that pregnancy takes on our bodies though. Here’s a look at some of the ways the body changes after pregnancy — and what you can do about it.

1. Loose Abdominal Skin

The skin of our stomachs takes most of the brunt of pregnancy’s body changes. After the rapid growth of the pre-natal months and the changes that come about from delivery, it’s only natural that the abdomen will show signs of the stress its undergone. Loose skin is one of the most obvious effects that becomes apparent after pregnancy. Laser skin tightening is able to reduce fat while also eliminating cellulite and generally improving the skin, making it a great treatment option for women suffering from loose abdominal skin. The most popular tightening treatment is Venus Freeze Skin Tightening, a system that is completely non-invasive and quick to recover from.

2. Cellulite

Cellulite is also common in women that have recently delivered. It causes the skin to take on an uneven texture that causes a dimpling effect around, most often, the legs, pelvis and/or stomach. Cellulite is natural (many physicians believe it can be aggravated by changes in estrogen levels) but can be embarrassing for those who suffer from it. Thermismooth increases fat drainage and resolves the problem of cellulite. The non-surgical system works to combat cellulite while also improving the look, feel and general health of a patient’s skin.

3. Uneven Skin Tone/Texture

The hormonal changes and increased blood flow caused by pregnancy can lead to uneven skin tone on the body. Dark or reddish patches of skin usually appear on the legs, neck and breasts and tiny spider veins can become noticeable on the neck, chest and upper arms. Many women also experience stretch marks that alter the tone and texture of the skin of the breasts, stomach, thighs, hips and/or pelvis. There are many different options available to women suffering from skin tone and/or texture problems following pregnancy. Laser skin resurfacing treatments like Fraxel® Skin Resurfacing are able to eliminate damaged skin tissue and help the body to replace it with new, healthy cells while topical treatments improve the skin through the benefits of a medical grade chemical peel.