While many pregnant women expect their belly to shrink after childbirth, this is not always the case. Post-pregnancy belly bulge is common and this can make mothers still look pregnant despite giving birth months ago. What’s more frustrating is that this stubborn belly fat does not go away even with diet and exercise.
If you too are dealing with mommy’s belly after pregnancy, keep in mind that it can take a while for your tummy to return to its normal size. Your body also changes after having a baby and you may find it challenging to get back to your pre-pregnancy shape or weight. Unfortunately, there are also cases where the pouch never goes away entirely.
It is possible for your belly to decrease in size and tighten up again, but do take note that a number of factors can affect how long and how much your bump can shrink. These include:
- Your size and shape before conceiving the baby
- Your level of physical activity
- The amount of weight you gain during pregnancy
- Your genes (which you have no control over)
- Method of delivery
- Whether or not you breastfeed (breastfeeding can help you burn calories in making milk)
Getting back into shape can take longer than you’d expect. Exercising and eating right is the way to go, but if this doesn’t seem enough, you can turn to non-invasive aesthetic procedures that can safely treat fat cells and tighten skin. In Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore, we offer a number of non-surgical procedures worth considering:
Exilis Ultra 360
Exilis Ultra is a US FDA-cleared device that simultaneously combines radiofrequency (RF) and ultrasound energy to tighten loose skin and contour skin tissues. It can effectively lift the skin, safely treats fat cells, and stimulate collagen production, without cuts, side effects, and extensive recovery time.
This device comes with two unique applicators: big and small. The big applicator is used to tighten the saggy skin and reduce fat on the belly, back, arms, thighs and other areas. The small applicator, on the other hand, can be used to treat smaller areas like the face, cheeks, and neck.
Before the treatment, your belly will be marked and a grounding pad will be attached on your back. This enables the device to check the resistance of the skin, as well as minimize the risk of temperature reaching too high. This makes the treatment safe for the skin, with the sensation similar to a hot stone massage.
Another great thing about Exilis Ultra is that can also offer cellulite reduction benefits. You may be able to see improvements after your treatment, but dramatic results can be seen at least after four to eight sessions. This will still depend on your own profile and the area to be treated.
Fat freezing such as CoolSculpting is a US FDA-approved non-invasive fat reduction procedure that targets and eliminates fat cells in different areas of the body. It uses Cryolipolysis or controlled cooling technology to permanently destroy fat cells without harming the skin or other tissues.
Another well-known brand of fat freezing is Z Lipo by Zimmer Aesthetics in Germany. It is a clinically proven and safe fat freezing procedure that safely reduces stubborn fat in the belly and other areas of the body.
They may be different brands but they work almost similarly. The treatment starts with the placement of a safety gel in the area of concern. Then, the device or applicator gently suctions the fat bulge, exposing the treated area to controlled cooling. This destroys the fat cells and starts a process of natural removal in the body, reducing the thickness of the fat layer.
CoolSculpting and Z Lipo have been proven effective in removing excess fat in the abdomen, flanks, thighs, back, buttock, and chin area. The results are typically visible as soon as three weeks after the treatment, but you will start to see more dramatic results within two months. The body will continue to flush fat cells for 4 to 6 months.
You can check out our previous blog to learn more about fat freezing and find out why CoolSculpting is the answer to achieve a more sculpted body.
If CoolSculpting and Z Lipo uses cooling temperatures to kill fat cells, Vanquish uses patented radiofrequency energy to heat and target fat cells. It can treat the entire abdomen in a single session and help lose inches off your waistline, flanks, arms, and thighs without surgery or downtime.
The effectiveness of this treatment is due to the science of “impedance” or the resistance of fat to heat compared to other tissues of the body. As fat cells have a higher resistance to heat, it can absorb more heat energy, which effectively triggers “apoptosis” or natural cell death.
It works by delivering selective heating that solely targets fat cells. Exposure to heat causes the fat cells to die naturally over time. They will then be processed as waste in the liver and cleared naturally through the lymphatic system.
The best thing about Vanquish is that it can contour the body without touching the skin. It hovers over the treatment area in a panel array of heat to target the fat layer and fat cells, without affecting the skin or the muscles.
You may be able to see results in as early as three weeks, as this is the time when the body begins to naturally get rid of heated fat cells. However, noticeable and optimal results can be seen after 60 to 90 day window. Read our previous post to learn more on how you can vanquish your stubborn fat without surgery.
Acoustic Shockwave is an FDA cleared non-invasive procedure that reduces cellulite and firms loose and sagging skin. It is also clinically proven for smoothing and toning the skin, reducing stretch marks, and improving the appearance of scars.
At Cutis Laser Clinics, we have two shockwave devices – the Zimmer Z Wave and BTL X Wave.
The procedure uses a handpiece that introduces acoustic shockwaves into the body. This causes vibrations and pressure to the connective tissue, which breaks up the cell structures and makes the tissue softer and more active. The tissue will then relax and stretch, which increases the elasticity and firmness of the epidermis.
Acoustic shockwave therapy has a multiple layer effect, with patients typically experiencing improvement in the skin’s texture and elasticity. The procedure also offers dermal firming and reduction of aged and loose skin appearance.
It is also good to know that shockwave therapies can be combined with fat reduction treatments such as Vanquish, CoolSculpting and Z Lipo. This can help improve and speed up the results, as well as reduce the appearance of cellulite in the thighs, buttocks, and other parts of the body.
Schedule a Consultation and Body Assessment Today
Don’t let your post-pregnancy pooch wear you down. Contact Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore today, schedule a consultation and Body Assessment at, and consult our Harvard-trained aesthetic doctor, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez, to find which procedures are right for you.