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BY: LBL Team

4 Common Postpartum Skin Struggles — and How to Fix Them

Post-pregnancy skin concerns

Being a new mom is a blessing but can also pose some challenges, especially when it comes to your skin and body. Luckily, there’s lots you can do to fix these post-pregnancy challenges and get back to feeling and looking beautiful.


During pregnancy, you may have developed areas of blotchy skin, especially if you normally have a darker complexion. These tend to appear on your upper lip, nose, cheekbones, and forehead. These patches of hyperpigmentation are known as melasma, and they’re triggered by hormonal changes as well as sun exposure.

The good news is that Clear + Brilliant can help you fade hyperpigmentation and works on all skin types. Clear + Brilliant is a gentle fractional laser that transforms skin from the inside out by gently resurfacing its top layer. The surrounding skin replaces itself with healthier tissue. After three to five laser resurfacing sessions, you’ll notice that your hyperpigmentation has greatly improved, and you’ll also notice smoother, healthier skin. Combine Clear + Brilliant with prescription skincare products like LaserAway Beauty Lighten Up RX Dark Spot Corrector 2% Hydroquinone Skin Lightener to help keep melasma and other skin discoloration at bay.

Weight gain

Weight gain is a natural part of pregnancy as your baby grows inside you. There is nothing wrong with weight gain during pregnancy, and you shouldn’t feel like you need to rush to lose the weight immediately after. But, if you want to start feeling more like your old self, body contouring treatments like CoolSculpting, when used in tandem with a healthy lifestyle, can help reshape your body and eliminate unwanted fat cells.

A treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate unwanted fat cells, CoolSculpting is a gentle, non-surgical, and non-invasive alternative to liposuction that works on almost any desired area. How does it work? Fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than surrounding tissues. CoolSculpting technology targets these fat cells precisely, delivering a controlled cooling effect that crystallizes them. The fat cells die, and over time, your body eliminates them. Each CoolSculpting session results in up to a 25% reduction in fat cells. You’ll see visible results as soon as four weeks after your first treatment, but the most dramatic results will appear after a few months. And your body will continue to flush fat cells for four to six months after treatment.

Fine lines and wrinkles

Let’s face it. Becoming a new mom can be stressful. Combine that with a perpetual lack of sleep and poor nutrition — your skin probably won’t look its best. It’s common for new moms to decenter their own needs, especially when it comes to skincare. Not wearing sunscreen on a daily basis is the number one culprit, so it’s essential that you always take the time to apply some to your face first thing in the morning. Because of hormonal changes, many new moms also notice increased acne, hyperpigmentation, and blotchiness, which can cause them to feel less confident.

A non-invasive skin treatment that reverses the early signs of aging, Clear + Brilliant encourages new collagen growth, which boosts skin tone, smooths texture, and shrinks pores. It creates millions of microscopic treatment zones, replacing damaged skin with healthy tissue. The result is a more even skin tone and a radiant glow. Most patients notice brighter, softer, and healthier skin as soon as a week after treatment. Age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles fade and soften with multiple treatments.

Loose tummy skin

Loose tummy skin is a common concern for new moms, often resulting from the physical changes that occur during pregnancy. The rapid stretching and subsequent shrinking of the skin can lead to a loss of elasticity. Engaging in strength training exercises that focus on the abdominal muscles can help combat this issue. Core-strengthening exercises like Pilates, yoga, and barre are particularly effective when combined with aerobic activities such as walking, running, and cycling. It’s important to lose weight gradually, as rapid weight loss can exacerbate loose skin.

For those who find that toning exercises alone are not achieving the desired effect, Thermage offers a perfect solution. Thermage is a noninvasive procedure that significantly tightens skin in just one treatment. By transferring heat to the outer skin layer (epidermis), Thermage causes collagen to contract and gradually reform, leading to firmer skin. Because the outer layers of the skin are not affected, there is minimal recovery time, and the results can last for years. This makes Thermage a viable option for those seeking long-lasting skin tightening without surgery.

Don’t forget about your own self-care

Being a new mother can be challenging but also incredibly rewarding. You may notice significant changes that come with being a new mom, including shifting your priorities and schedule. But if you’d like to reshift a bit of the focus to yourself again, consider carving out time for self-care and getting the above aesthetic treatments to help you feel and look your best. To learn more about Thermage, Clear + Brilliant, and CoolSculpting, contact LaserAway, the nation’s leader in aesthetic dermatology.

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  2. “New Technologies in Skin Tightening,” Facial Plastics, October 11, 2021.
  3. “Significant Improvement in Body Contour with Multiple Cycles of CoolSculpting: Results of a Prospective Study,” Dermatologic Therapy, February 21, 2021.
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