Chrissy Teigen’s Instagram post in which she shows her post baby body received over two million views, with women the world over applauding her for showing a realistic, beautiful image that is totally Photoshop-free. The ease and naturalness with which she embraces the less than glamorous side of being a mom is ideal indeed, yet for some moms, coming to terms with the changes their body has undergone can be difficult. Part of the reason is pressure from the media to “lose baby weight fast.” Thus, many moms are opting for plastic surgery, also considering non-surgical aesthetic procedures to regain firmness and tautness.
Mommy Makeovers are All the Rage
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has revealed that so-called ‘mommy makeovers’ (which can involve breast lifts, liposuction, tummy tucks and the like) have increased significantly over the past decade. For instance, breast lifts have increased by a whopping 70%. Some of the biggest changes that take place during pregnancy include the fast stretching of skin in the abdomen and breast. Thus, many women complain that post birth, they have excess skin in the abdominal area, as well as loss of firmness in the breasts. Of course, some women have additional surgeries, which can include a butt lift or body reshaping (i.e. removing fat from one area to fill another area, as takes place during a butt lift). Often, a butt lift involves a combination of implants and natural fat to lend greater harmony to the buttocks and hip area. Those who have little fat to spare, meanwhile, can opt for implants.
Popular Non-Surgical Procedures for New Moms
Some women find that no matter how much exercise they do, fat can be difficult to get rid of in specific areas, including the tummy, waist, and hips. Over the past decade, great strides have been made, especially in the area of ‘fat freezing’: a non-surgical procedure that is carried out in an hour or two, with no requirement for anesthetic. The procedure enables patients to lose similar volumes to those removed through liposuction, yet has no downtime.
Other non-surgical options include Fractora laser to target acne or acne scars incurred during pregnancy, and Fraxel for scarring caused by C-sections, as well as stretch marks. Both options rely on fractional technologies at different wavelengths. Fraxel uses light energy, while Fractora uses radiofrequency energy. Both are designed to treat specific parts of the Skin without damaging surrounding tissue.
Being a new mom is challenging in itself, since it involves adaptation to so many changes. While many women choose the route of a healthy diet and training, others opt for a ‘quick fix’ through surgery. The boom in plastic surgery among men and women alike reveals the extent to which plastic surgery has come to be recognized as safe and effective. New techniques have made common procedures less invasive than in the past, which means less downtime. Financial services have risen to the challenge as well, with a range of flexible options for those wishing to go this route.