Post-Pregnancy Procedures and Pointers

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There’s nothing better than motherhood but if you’re not as thrilled with your post-pregnancy body as you are with your new little one, don’t lose hope. Lincolnshire, IL, dermatologist Amy Forman Taub, MD treats new moms all the time. If you're dealing with stretch marks, cellulite and belly pooches—to name a few, Dr. Taub has the solutions to solve your post-pregnacy body woes:

The Lower Belly Pooch
Mommy Makeover: Coolsculpting by Zeltiq suctions and cools the skin to the freezing point of fat, which kills fat cells without damaging skin. The cells are then naturally flushed from your body. No downtime is needed. Ask for Zeltiq one year post-baby.

Loose Skin
Mommy Makeover: Tripollar Apollo Radio Frequency is a painless therapy that heats up underlying collagen, which tightens collagen fibers to firm up skin. Treatments are needed once a week over a six to eight week period, and results appear after the first few treatments.

Spider Veins
Mommy Makeover: New moms have two options they can start several months post-baby. Laser or radiofrequency treatments as well as sclerotherapy injections all help encourage blood vessels to close where they’re reabsorbed by the body.  

Stretch Marks
Mommy Makeover: Pulsed dye lasers target blood vessels and the blood supply that makes stretch marks red. You’ll need several treatments spaced one month apart to see redness fade and uneven texture improve. Want a topical solution? Try retinoids like those in SkinMedica TNS Body Lotion ($65). Retinoids help stimulate collagen to smooth out stretch marks.

Mommy Makeover: DermaQuest DermaFirm ($97) is a topical treatment that increases microcirculation to smooth dimples and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Ingredients like caffeine and coffee seed oil also helps decrease cellulite, preventing future cottage cheese areas.

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