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How to Tighten Belly Skin After Pregnancy

Hello ladies, I am wondering if any of you have tried any cosmetic procedures to correct stretch marks, or loose skin on the tummy area. I work out a lot and do yoga, I am only 5ft tall and only weigh 102 pds. I am not looking to loose weight, I am looking to tighten a small amount on my lower stomach that will not go away no matter how much exercise, or weight loss. I hate that when I wear jeans and sit down I feel a little bit of flab bulge over. I gained about 48 pds with my pregnancy, and am so lucky that I have almost no stretch marks, but still have this little pouch that drives me nuts!! I started doing alma laser treatments at sleek med spa, it is suppose to tighten loose skin. I was also looking into lipo dissolve but was a little nervous with putting a chemical into my body where that is injections of something that melts the fatty deposits ect... So my question is have any of you tried these treatments or any other, and does any of it really work? I spent 2k on this alma laser and have had 3 tx's done and seen no improvement. Any ideas or input would be great. And for those women who are going to tell me to get over it be proud ect... I am proud and would take 1000 stretch marks to do it all over again. However I do care about the way i look, and if I can safely improve that why not!!

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I don't know how you can fix this, except for liposuction or a tummy tuck (both expensive, but you could look into it), but I just wanted to say that I hear you!!! I wish I could do the same... it's not the weight, it's the loose skin, totally! I am also short and small and I think it's a little worse because there's nowhere for this skin to go after babies are born. If you find something, let me know!! I have pretty much accepted it on me and I have gotten past a lot of that self-consciousness, but sometimes it bothers me a lot and I get down on myself, so I do know where you are coming from. Good luck!!

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The laser will tighten up skin and remove the wrinkles, but not a pouch. The only thing that will is a tummy tuck, where they stitch your skin tighter after removing a strip from the bikini area. I wouldn't do that until you were done having kids. My bff works for a plastic surgeon, and this is one of the most common procedures they deal with. It is the only viable solution according to them, which is why my friend had it done. I on the other hand just use spanx, which is a non surgical option. When the kids go back to school, and I am working also, perhaps the tuck, but for now, that money looks like tuition to me, lol. As for the lipo, that is for fat removal, not skin, it will make the situation more noticable. And what the dr told me about the dissolve is that it is nearly impossible to get a smooth result. I would look at Tara Reid and decide no. If you aren't fat, there is no point either. Your other fat cells then gain instead, and you end up with a weird shape later. You have loose skin, not fat if you have the mamma pouch. Sounds like they are trying to sell you what they can do, not what is right for you. Before doing the dissolve, please, please, please, get a second opinion, from a board certified plastic surgeon. You cannot undo that procedure, and a day spa is no where to make that happen. The dr can do it if it will work, and you have a medically degreed and trained and certified plastic surgeon instead of a spa employee.
You are probably a lot more self concious of it than anyone else who probably doesn't notice it at all.
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D. S.

Its not really fat is loose stretched out skin so I don't think the lipo dissolve will help you at all maybe a tummy tuck will work better for you. Its just like when someone overweight looses a bunch of it they have all this extra skin just hanging there and have to have it surgically removed. If you don't want to do surgery than you will just have to get over it and deal with the fact that you are a momma and now bare the momma pouch.

I don't know how you can fix this, except for liposuction or a tummy tuck (both expensive, but you could look into it), but I just wanted to say that I hear you!!! I wish I could do the same... it's not the weight, it's the loose skin, totally! I am also short and small and I think it's a little worse because there's nowhere for this skin to go after babies are born. If you find something, let me know!! I have pretty much accepted it on me and I have gotten past a lot of that self-consciousness, but sometimes it bothers me a lot and I get down on myself, so I do know where you are coming from. Good luck!!

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2892334/loose_sk...

I actually wrote an article about it! I found five natural ways to help tighten my skin back up after I had my second baby. (he was 9 lbs so I had a lot to fix lol)

My only advice is to either be sure you are not having any more babies, or wait until after you do. What would be the point of going through an expensive, painful procedure just to have to do it all over again?

Amy,

I would try Callanetics which has been around for a very long time. The videos are very dated, but have been put onto DVD. Also, there are two new updated DVD's, but I do not think that they are as intense as the original workouts. I have neck problems so I can not do all of the stomach work in the videos, but if you read reviews people rave about it for finally getting rid of the pouch. I use this along with workouts such as The Bar Method, Pure Barre, Fluidity etc., all are similar to Callanetics, but if done right Callanetics is the most effective. I hope that this helps. If you have any other questions about the workouts feel free to email me! These type of workouts are very different than traditional strengthening: it is a blend of ballet conditioning, pilates, martial arts etc.

They just addressed this issue on the TV show "The Doctors" and basically said you can't do anything for skin except surgery. They showed a woman who had a multiple birth - quints I think - but everyone said that, while exercise will help muscles underneath and of course get rid of fat, it doesn't restore elasticity to skin. Before you spend any more money on stuff that doesn't work, you might want to consider talking to a really good, board-certified surgeon. Ask your PC and ob/gyn for referrals. Good luck!

Hi A. let me know if you find anything out cuz I have the same problem. I heard the only way to get rid of it was too have a tummy tuck or liposuction. Kinda stinks. I know exactly what your talking about I lost all of my weight but still have that and It drives me crazy. So good luck and let us all know what you have found.

Ann-Marie

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