It often seems as if celebrities recover from a post-pregnancy belly that bit quicker than the rest of us. But for all the glitz and glamour, they are only human – so how do celebrities get rid of loose skin after pregnancy so fast?
Personal trainers may take the credit for the quick comeback of a celeb’s flat abs, but for many, healthy eating and regular exercise simply won’t be enough to tighten loose skin.
The reality is a little more complicated, and our team of experienced surgeons and aesthetic practitioners can help to clear things up regarding stretch marks and skin elasticity. This article uses their insights to explore the ways celebrities really deal with loose post-pregnancy skin – particularly procedures such as tummy tucks, mummy makeovers and BodyTite that can make all the difference when restoring your pre pregnancy body after childbirth.
The CREO Clinic’s Medical Director, Dr. Omar Tillo, is a body contouring expert with extensive experience working with patients after pregnancy to reduce loose skin and improve skin elasticity. He has successfully treated many celebrities after childbirth, helping to restore firmness and contour to their stomach, meaning you can feel safe in the hands of an experienced practitioner. Dr. Tillo will bring you the very same standard of care and quality of outcomes that celebrities enjoy.
Contact the CREO Clinic today to book a consultation with Dr. Tillo to discuss how he can reduce your post-pregnancy lax skin and provide celebrity-standard results.
How Does Pregnancy Change The Body?
Pregnancy brings many changes to the physique – your upper and lower abdomen grows to accommodate the foetus, your breasts increase in size, and it is extremely common to put on extra weight. These changes can have multiple lasting impacts on the way you look and your health, like lax skin around the abdomen and abdominal muscle separation (diastasis recti), sagging breasts, or distention of the nipples
Some of these changes may dissipate after giving birth, whereas others, such as diastasis recti, lax skin and exercise-resistant fat deposits, are unlikely to disappear on their own.
How Long Does It Take Loose Skin To Return To Normal After Pregnancy?
Every woman’s body is unique and recovers from pregnancy in its own way. For some, lax skin on the abdomen left after childbirth may dissipate over time, whereas other women may find that their sagging skin remains in place. The recovery of loose skin depends on the skin’s elasticity – women with less elasticity may find the laxity is permanent, and a cosmetic treatment will be needed.
Before deciding to undergo a treatment for lax skin or excess fat, Dr. Tillo recommends waiting at least six months after pregnancy to allow your body the time to fully adjust and give a clear picture of your cosmetic needs.
Procedures Celebrities Undergo To Get Rid Of Loose Skin After Pregnancy
Celebrities’ ability to recover from the after effects of childbirth is often the result of a combination of cosmetic procedures that target their issues.
Many famous people prefer not to talk about cosmetic procedures they’ve undergone, but Jamie Lee Curtis, Kim Kardashian and Mariah Carey are just a few of the celebrities who have publicly extolled the virtues of cosmetic treatments after childbirth. Privately, there will be many more.
Here are some of the most common procedures celebrities tend to undergo:
To amend the drastic changes in your body after pregnancy, a mummy makeover targets different cosmetic concerns through multiple surgeries in one – usually a breast augmentation or breast lift, tummy tuck and liposuction.
The aim of the mummy makeover is to comprehensively restore the areas of your body that have been most affected by pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. .
Full Mummy Makeover
A full mummy makeover is identical to a mummy makeover with the addition of fat transfer. Fat transfer uses liposuction to extract fat from anywhere around the body where it is in excess, then transfers it to the hips in order to create a more ‘hourglass’-shaped silhouette.
Breast Lift And Augmentation
Child-rearing can significantly affect the breasts, starting from the pregnancy itself then all throughout breastfeeding. The result can be sagging and drooping breasts that no longer have the firmness they had before or during pregnancy.
A breast augmentation has the effect of adding natural-looking volume to the breasts while also giving them a more aesthetically pleasing projection.
A breast lift has the effect of keeping your breasts perky and enhancing the shape of your breasts, as well as tightening any loose or sagging skin postpartum.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
The most effective way to tackle inelastic, sagging skin on the abdomen is through a tummy tuck. This popular surgery works to remove excess skin and tighten up any muscle separation caused by the expansion of the abdomen. At the CREO Clinic, our body contouring expert performs different types of tummy tuck depending on your needs.
Full Tummy Tuck
For patients dealing with moderate to severe skin laxity around the stomach a full tummy tuck is often an appropriate treatment.
In a full tummy tuck, two incisions are made: one along the bikini line and the other around the belly button. The incision along the bikini line is used to lift the abdominal skin, remove excess skin and access the abdominal muscles and repair them, if necessary. The second incision around the belly button allows the removal of excess skin from the upper abdomen.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Less invasive than a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck still offers significant reduction of excess skin in patients with mild to moderate laxity.
A small incision is made at the bottom of your lower abdomen, above the mons pubis. Lax skin is then removed, but a mini tummy tuck generally does not address diastasis recti – it is ideal for addressing a pouch of skin left after pregnancy or C-section.
The more comprehensive extended tummy tuck involves a reduction of lax skin in the abdomen as well as the lower flanks – sometimes named ‘love handles’. Similar to a full tummy tuck, an incision is made around the belly button and another along the bikini line but this bikini line incision extends out towards the lower flanks.
Lax skin is removed from both the abdomen and the flanks as is needed, and muscle separation can be repaired at the same time.
This procedure is for severe lax skin found in the abdomen and the flanks, and is a more comprehensive version of the full tummy tuck.
Fleur-de-Lis Tummy Tuck
The fleur-de-lis tummy tuck is designed specifically to address excess skin in patients who have lost significant amounts of weight, such as patients who have had a gastric band fitted to address obesity.
Due to its comprehensive nature, fleur-de-lis tummy tuck is a more invasive surgery than a full or extended tummy tuck. An incision is made across the entire bikini line and from the rib cage back into the middle of the abdomen, allowing Dr. Tillo to remove significant quantities of vertical excess skin and address muscle separation in one procedure.
Liposuction is a very popular stand-alone procedure for women with exercise resistant pockets of fat post-pregnancy. As a part of a mummy makeover, liposuction works to create greater definition and contour in the abdomen, sculpting a flatter, more athletic looking stomach.
Umbilicoplasty (Belly Button Surgery)
Due to the expansion of the abdomen during pregnancy, your belly button can become asymmetrical or distended. An umbilicoplasty is a surgery to restore or reshape the umbilicus.
At the CREO Clinic, both a full tummy tuck and extended tummy tuck include reshaping of the umbilicus (including changing it from an ‘outie’ to an ‘innie’), but the procedure can also be performed as part of your mummy makeover as a way to complement a mini tummy tuck.
Who Is A Good Candidate To Get Rid Of Loose Skin After Pregnancy?
There are a few important criteria for candidates looking to get rid of lax skin after pregnancy:
- Must wish to permanently remove excess skin from the abdomen or flanks
- Has a BMI of 30 or below in order to minimise the risk of complications – you can check your current BMI with our handy BMI calculator
- Must be in good physical and psychological health
- Must understand the limitations of cosmetic procedures to reduce lax skin
Non Surgical Ways Celebrities Get Rid Of Loose Skin After Pregnancy
There are alternatives to surgery that can help to get rid of lax skin post-pregnancy. Many celebrities prefer to take these treatment routes to avoid the possibility of visible scarring.
While some of the nonsurgical treatments will not be sufficient for removing significant excess skin, they can be helpful in reducing its appearance.
BodyTite is a unique skin tightening treatment that combines liposuction with radiofrequency energy, burning away pockets of fat and simultaneously firming up the skin. A specially designed radio frequency probe is inserted under the skin to dissolve fat and stimulate fibroblasts, which kickstart the process of collagen and elastin production to help tighten up the skin.
One of the most famous people enjoying the benefits of Morpheus8 is Kim Kardashian. She referred to it as a “game changer” for tightening lax skin on the stomach and transforming the abs.
Morpheus8 is minimally invasive and combines radiofrequency (RF) energy with microneedling to target areas of lax skin and stimulate the production of collagen in the lower layers of the dermis – this gives the skin of the stomach firmer and smoother appearance without the need for surgery.
For optimal recovery after pregnancy, it is crucial to have a carefully balanced diet that provides for all of your needs. Your body requires adequate levels of vitamins, healthy fats and proteins in order to keep your muscles strong and boost the collagen production that is vital for firm and healthy skin.
A nutritionist can help you organise your weekly meal plans to keep your diet varied and well-balanced.
One way to decrease the visibility of excess skin after pregnancy is to strengthen the muscle below it. In the case of the abdomen, strengthening your core through regular exercise can help to build the stomach muscles out and tighten the skin above as a result.
How To Avoid Loose Skin After Pregnancy
There is no sure fire way to avoid loose skin after childbirth, but a combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise is the best way to give your body the tools it needs to recover.
For many women this will not be enough to avoid significant excess skin postpartum, but there are highly effective surgical treatments available in this case.
Contact CREO Clinic Today To Schedule A Consultation
Book a consultation today to understand how surgeries such as a tummy tuck or mummy makeover can help you reduce lax skin after your pregnancy and return to your pre-baby body.
The CREO Clinic’s double board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Omar Tillo, will work to help you remodel your abdomen, bringing the standard of treatment enjoyed by celebrities directly to you. In his care, you can feel safe in the knowledge you are being treated by highly experienced, specialised practitioner.