The Rise Of The ‘Mummy Makeover’

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Sheralyn Tay
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Dr Isabelle Yeoh

The rise of the ‘Mummy Makeover’

Non-surgical ‘mommy makeovers’ can help women return to feeling more confident, beautiful and comfortable in their own skin.

Motherhood is beautiful. However, pregnancy leaves its marks. According to Dr Isabelle Yeoh of IYAC, an aesthetic and anti-aging clinic at Camden Medical, some of these include loose skin, stretch marks, tummy fat and pigment patches (also known as melasma). These changes – while superficial – can affect self-esteem and confidence. To combat these changes, there has been a rise in the number of women seeking non-invasive means to reverse or correct the changes that have resulted from pregnancy. The increased popularity, acceptance of the treatments, said Dr Yeoh, is partly due to awareness. “The quality, safety and effectiveness of the treatments are also constantly improving,” she noted, “The non-invasive and non-surgical nature of these treatments means that there is minimal pain and recovery time involved, making it more appealing.”

Non-surgical methods

Some of the most common procedures include Coolsculpting, a non-surgical option method that freezes fat cells in target areas such as the tummy. The body processes the dead fat cells and flushes the damaged fat out over time. “It gives effective and consistent results that are safe and comfortable,” explained Dr Yeoh. Coolsculpting can often be combined with radiofrequency skin tightening for better effect.

Laser and intense pulse light (IPL) treatments are popular for melasma. These work by delivering specific intensities of heat or wavelengths of light to trigger the skin’s own regenerative mechanisms and break down pigmentation. They can be customised to improve skin texture, reduce pores, lighten pigment and brighten up dull skin, said Dr Yeoh. The best part about both these popular body contouring and facial rejuvenation techniques: little to no downtime, so you can even do treatments conveniently over lunch before getting on with your day.

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What’s a good time to start?

It is best to wait for at least 3 months after giving birth as it gives time for weight to stabilise and for any caesarean scars to heal, noted Dr Yeoh. Face treatments such as laser and IPL can be started immediately after giving birth. To know what best suits your individual needs and goals, speak to your doctor for the best advice on the most ideal timing.

“The non-invasive and non-surgical nature of these treatments means that there is minimal pain and recovery time involved, making it more appealing.”
Dr Isabelle Yeoh

Bounce back after baby

Ultimately, the best way to get back in shape after pregnancy is to have a holistic plan that includes a nutritious diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, good fats, healthy grains and to avoid sugar and processed foods, advised Dr Yeoh. “Drink plenty of water and get as much rest as possible in between nursing the baby. Stay active by doing simple exercises (such as stretching or yoga), as it is important to maintain good blood circulation.” Don’t neglect your skin’s health either – use sunscreen and wear a hat to protect you from the sun. She noted: “Healthy lifestyle habits will help you to look and feel your best in no time, and assist you in getting the maximum benefit out of these procedures.”

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The information provided in this article is meant purely for general information purposes only and may not be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have any questions or concerns about your health, please seek the advice of your doctor or qualified healthcare provider. The views, information or opinions expressed in this article are solely that of the writer and the interviewees and do not necessarily reflect those of, and are not endorsed by, Camden Medical Centre.