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Mummy Tummy

MDSpa and Laser Clinic offers skin tightening treatment for the stomach to improve the appearance of stretchmarks and tighten loose skin.

What is Mummy Tummy

Motherhood is a beautiful journey, but it can also leave behind physical changes that might be hard for many women to deal with. One such change is the ‘Mummy Tummy,’ also known as post-pregnancy belly or diastasis recti. It typically refers to the abdominal area that retains a rounded shape even after childbirth.

This condition often presents itself as a protruding belly that refuses to go away, despite regular exercise and a healthy diet after the symptoms appear. 

Causes of Mummy Tummy

Pregnancy

There are a number of  conditions that arise due to a combination of natural body changes and processes that take place during and after pregnancy. 

Diastasis recti, colloquially known as the “mummy tummy,” is a condition where the right and left sides of the rectus abdominis (your front belly muscles) separate. Imagine a zipper that’s halfway undone, creating a gap. It’s that, but with your abdominal muscles.

Often linked to pregnancy, this muscle separation happens when the uterus pushes against the abdominal wall. However, it’s not exclusive to childbirth. 

Weight Gain

Diastasis recti can occur due to weight gain, even outside of pregnancy. This is evident in that both men and women can develop the condition.  Rapid or significant weight gain increases visceral fat in the abdominal area, exerting pressure on the abdominal wall. This pressure can stretch the linea alba, the connective tissue down the abdomen’s center, causing a separation of the rectus abdominis muscles. While weight gain is a contributing factor, one’s genetic predisposition, core muscle strength, and lifestyle habits also influence the risk of developing diastasis recti.

Lack of Physical Activity

A lack of physical exercise can contribute to diastasis recti in several ways. Firstly, regular exercise, especially strength training, plays a vital role in maintaining the integrity and tone of the abdominal muscles. Without regular exercise, these muscles can become weak and lax. When abdominal muscles are weakened, they are less capable of withstanding intra-abdominal pressures that arise from daily activities, sudden weight gain, or any other factors that stress the abdominal wall. 

Exercise also plays a role in overall posture. Regular physical activity helps in maintaining good postural habits. Poor posture, often seen in individuals who do not engage in regular exercise, can place additional strain on the abdominal muscles, potentially exacerbating or leading to diastasis recti.

Genetics

Genetics significantly shapes the composition and behavior of our connective tissues, which include the linea alba — the band of tissue that runs down the middle of the abdomen and becomes stretched in cases of diastasis recti. At a molecular level, our genes dictate the production of proteins like collagen and elastin, which are essential for the elasticity, strength, and resilience of connective tissues. Some individuals, due to their genetic makeup, may produce collagen and elastin in differing amounts or qualities, influencing how their tissues respond to strain or stress. For instance, if a woman’s genetic code results in a linea alba that’s naturally less elastic or more prone to stretching without rebounding, she might be at a higher risk for diastasis recti.

The Role of Exercise in Rehabilitation

Exercises, when done correctly, can knit those muscles back together. They not only strengthen the core but also provide stability and reduce lower back pain. Plus, who doesn’t want a toned tummy?

Recommended Exercises

Pelvic Floor Activations

Think of your pelvic floor as a mini trampoline. Just as you bounce on it, with pelvic activations, you “bounce” or engage those muscles. Easy and effective! 

Squeeze the muscles around the urethra as though you’re halting urine flow. Tighten the muscles surrounding the vagina and draw them upward inside the pelvis. Finally, constrict the muscles around the anus as if you’re trying to prevent passing gas.

Deep Core Engagement

Engage, hold, and release. Repeat. Engaging the core, especially the transverse abdominis, is like giving your muscles a mini pep talk. Further planks and their variations engage the entire core, promoting strength and stability. 

Postural Corrections

Sit straight, stand straight, walk straight. Sounds like a school teacher’s instruction, right? But, maintaining a good posture keeps those muscles in check.

ThermaFrax For Mummy Tummy

Unleash a tighter tummy!

Flatten your abs with our skin tightening treatment to improve the appearance of “mummy tummy” stretchmarks, below your belly button post pregnancy. 

ThermaFrax is billed as “The facelift or body lift without surgery!” Age spots, pigmentation, uneven texture/tone, stretch marks and skin laxity left by pregnancy, age or weight gain, can now be effectively reduced by combining Fraxel Laser and Thermage® treatments.

In as little as 2-4 Fraxel Treatments, stretchmarks can be improved as seen on these photos below!

In our clinic, we start treating stretch marks by shrinking them with Thermage®. and then offer Fraxel Laser Treatments to smooth skins texture. Our experience with using a Fraxel Laser, shows us that this is the best sequence as Thermage CPT® generates new collagen then shrinks and smooth out the stretchmarks

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mummy tummy treatments are quick and easy with ThermaFrax!

Introducing Fraxel Laser

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Fraxel Laser for tummy stretchmarks - before and after

Fraxel laser can be paired with Thermage CPT for treatment of the ‘mummy tummy’ that presents with loose skin and stretch marks. Thermage CPT works to stimulate your natural collagen to result in tightened skin and Fraxel works to diminish the appearance of stretch marks.

Non-invasive Treatment for Mummy Tummy

This non-invasive method helps to reshape and restore the appearance of the belly area, and it’s quickly becoming a popular option due to its effectiveness and minimal recovery time. Here’s how it works:

Collagen Stimulation

The Fraxel Laser treatment works by delivering tiny laser beams deep into the skin layers. This process causes controlled micro-injuries, which in turn stimulate the body’s natural healing process. As part of this healing process, the body increases the production of collagen, a key protein that maintains skin elasticity and firmness.

Tightening of the Skin

As collagen production is boosted, the skin begins to tighten and regain its original elasticity, reducing the appearance of saggy belly skin common in the Mummy Tummy condition. This leads to a smoother, tighter, and more toned appearance.

Treatment of Stretch Marks

In addition to tightening the skin, Fraxel Laser treatment is also effective at improving the appearance of stretch marks, a common concern associated with Mummy Tummy. By promoting the regeneration of skin cells, the treatment helps fade stretch marks, further improving the skin’s overall appearance.

 

How Long Does It Take?

Fraxel Laser Offers Minimal Downtime.

One of the main advantages of Fraxel Laser treatment is that it is non-invasive, meaning it doesn’t involve any surgical procedures. This significantly reduces recovery time, allowing mothers to return to their daily routines quicker. 

Skin-tightening sessions have no-downtime with results that continue to increase over six months and endure for 2-3 years.

Leveraging Comfort Pulse Technology (CPT™), the treatment ensures enhanced outcomes and superior comfort in less time compared to older Thermage methods. Clinical research shows unanimous patient preference for the ThermageCPT™ approach over previous techniques. This method guarantees noticeable collagen tightening for all.

It’s important to note that while Fraxel Laser treatments and ThermageCPT™ can significantly improve the appearance of Mummy Tummy, it’s not a weight loss solution. A balanced diet and regular exercise are essential for maintaining the overall health and results of the treatment.

Always consult with a professional healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or give MD Spa & Laser Clinic a call today for a free consultation.

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