Pregnancy is an exciting time for an expectant mother, but it can also be taxing on the mind and body. Your hormones go haywire – they change the way your skin reacts, makes it more sensitive, and they play with your emotions, often causing you to feel a shadow of your former self.
Whether you regularly have cosmetic treatments or are thinking about having them for the first time, you need to consider your pregnancy. In this article we will guide you through everything you need to know about your cosmetic treatments in relation to your pregnancy.
If you’ve already had cosmetic treatments, you may find the appearance of your permanent and semi-permanent treatments change. During pregnancy, your weight and water-weight fluctuate, so areas of your body that hold extra fat or fluid can change the appearance of your tweakments and enhancements.
Generally, the advice from doctors and surgeons is to avoid any cosmetic intervention during pregnancy. Pregnancy can already be a nerve-wracking time, so there’s no point risking a complication. In fact, most doctors won’t knowingly treat you if you are pregnant.
Regarding non-invasive treatments, remember that your skin reacts differently during your pregnancy and there is higher risk of hyper-pigmentation, so your normal go-to treatments may not work the way they once did. If you’re concerned, the best thing you can do for yourself during your pregnancy is to keep up a diligent skin-care regimen.
Having said that, if you have recently discovered your pregnancy and know your last treatment overlapped – don’t panic! There is no proof that injectables such as fillers and Botox harm your foetus, but it is still recommended that you cease your treatments as soon as you know of your pregnancy and discuss with your medical practitioner.
Once you’ve stopped breastfeeding you are free to resume or commence any and all cosmetic treatments. Some of the treatments you may like to consider are:
- Micro-needling: to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and lines on your abdomen.
- Fat Freezing: to reduce fat in troublesome areas, such as stomach, thighs and upper arms.
- Abdominal Skin Tightening: to reduce any sagging skin and tone up your stomach area.
- Tummy Tuck: if you know you will not be having another child and you have excess stretched skin, you may decide to get a tummy tuck to reduce the problem permanently.
- Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift: again, if you know you will not be having another child and you want to improve the appearance of your breasts, a breast augmentation or breast lift may be good options to consider.
- Mummy Makeover: Sometimes it may be more than one issue that may be playing on your mind. In such cases you may consider a makeover to restore your body. Mummy makeover, as it is often called, is a combination of two or more treatments such as tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lift or a liposuction.
Pregnancy can be an emotional time and you may experience a drop in confidence and self-esteem. However remember it’s temporary. Even if you feel like all of your hard work is flying out the window – it’s reversible. And know that everyone else thinks you’re glowing!