A mother’s body undergoes many changes during the nine months of pregnancy, and of course, after giving birth, every mother wants to return to her pre-pregnancy state as soon as possible. Just as it takes nine months to nurture a life, the skin also needs the same amount of time to fully recover. Therefore, action must be taken immediately after the baby is born to help the skin recover quickly!
Aside from skin pigment, skin tags, and hemangiomas, sagging and stretch marks are common skin problems that arise after pregnancy.
- Sagging During pregnancy, the belly expands, and when the belly begins to shrink after childbirth, sagging can occur. Everyone’s situation is different, depending on weight gain during pregnancy and postpartum care and exercise. However, regardless of the level of care, there will be different degrees of sagging, causing concerns when wearing clothes and showing the lower abdomen. In addition to surgical methods, monopolar radiofrequency can also be used to tighten and increase collagen to reduce sagging. Facial sagging after childbirth is also common, although not as severe as the belly, it can still make people feel tired and lack energy. Often, due to the need to care for the baby around the clock without enough rest, the skin is more prone to aging and sagging. Facial sagging can generally be improved with monopolar radiofrequency; if the loss is severe, consider injecting polylactic acid or hyaluronic acid to add support to the subcutaneous tissue.
- Stretch Marks Stretch marks (Striae gravidarum) mainly form due to the effects of pregnancy hormones and the expansion of the abdomen, which damages and breaks the elastic fibers and collagen fibers in the skin, causing the skin to become thinner and produce pink or purple wavy patterns of varying widths and lengths. After delivery, these purple or pink patterns gradually disappear, leaving white or silver shiny scar lines, which are stretch marks. Stretch marks mainly appear on the abdominal wall but can also appear on the inner and outer thighs, buttocks, chest, lower back, and arms, with first-time pregnant women showing the most visible signs. Once stretch marks appear, they will not disappear, and how to deal with them will be continued in the next article.