Pregnancy skin issues are a common concern for many women. I frequently receive general practitioner referrals for patients concerned about their skin during and after pregnancy. We can consult for these issues, offer laser treatments and a host of skincare products and treatments, and then plan for other treatments later. It is important to note that although these skin issues may be worrying for the patient, many treatments cannot be performed until pregnancy and breast feeding is completed. As you can understand research is not available on the effects of these treatments during pregnancy and it is unknown how they may affect the unborn child.
Some of the most common pregnancy and postpartum conditions can be treated professionally in our state-of-the-art medical spa.
01 Stretch Marks
Stretch marks that form during pregnancy, usually during the last trimester, and usually on the belly, but also commonly occurring on the breasts, thighs, hips, lower back and buttocks, are caused by tearing of the dermis. Treatment with lasers can achieve favourable results. Results are variable but if patients return for two to four visits and the stretch marks are relatively new and pink-red, they are usually pleased with their outcomes. PRP is a great treatment for skin tightening and treating stretch marks also. It can be applied to loose skin on the abdomen and also stretch marks to abdomen, buttocks and thighs.
Melasma is common in pregnancy and presents as macules (freckle-like spots) and larger flat brown patches. These are found on both sides of the face and have an irregular border. Combination treatment includes advanced fractional lasers, intense pulsed light (IPL) and medical grade skin care but several treatments may be necessary and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation may complicate recovery.
Acne is common during and after pregnancy. As hormones increase, the mileau of the pilosebaceous structure changes and many women find they develop more acne. Treatments for pregnancy-associated acne may include medical grade skin care and lasers to help correct both active acne and acne scarring with little or no downtime. Lasers help to smooth out the skin texture and kill the bacteria linked to breakouts and shrink sebaceous glands and oil production.
Veins Spider veins are common during pregnancy and are found predominantly on the chest, face and neck and occasionally on the arms and abdomen. They often have a central point surrounded by radiating tiny dilated vessels or telangiectasia. If veins persist after 7-8 weeks post-partum, veins can be treated are extremely responsive to medical grade lasers.