Emily Mariscal, LE
Me and the baby boy who inspired this guide
When I found out I was pregnant, I was in the middle of the Caribbean sipping on tropical drinks, with my only schedule being the SPF reapplication timer beeping every two hours. But, when my test came back positive, I was a mix of excitement, fear, and uncertainty. Not only did I have to stop my beachside drinks, I had to stop my favorite skincare products! My staple retinol and eye lifter had to be put on pause. The aesthetician in me flashed back to all my pregnant and nursing patients — what skincare should you use during pregnancy? And, what about postpartum?
Below is a guide I’ve put together after working with countless pregnant/nursing moms and some that just wanted to feel like they did before pregnancy. These were my personal essentials and most frequent treatments, and what I would recommend to any new or soon to be mommas.
The first thing you notice when you become pregnant is the pounds start packing on. You’re nurturing a human being, and we all know the best way to do that is Portillo’s cheeseburgers and fries. Maybe some chocolate cake for extra nutrition, too. But, once your bundle of joy enters the world, that chocolate cake holds on like a clingy ex. Stubborn fat pockets just happen. Even my most fit, marathon-running, cross-fitting new momma patients get pockets they can’t get rid of. Sometimes, even green juice and strict diets aren’t enough to combat love handles, inner thigh, and arm fat. But all isn’t lost.
Below are some treatments we offer to our postpartum patients through the Few Institute for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
*Always consult with your OB/GYN or dermatologist before starting any new skincare products while pregnant or nursing
**Lactation Risk Summary: There are no data on the presence of BOTOX™ in human or animal milk, the effects on the breastfed infant, or the effects on milk production. The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for BOTOX™ and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed infant from BOTOX™ or from the underlying maternal conditions. For more information on the risks, reactions, indications and more for BOTOX, see this link from the manufacturer at this link: LINK
***All of these treatments are subject to a consultation with one of our licensed, highly-experienced clinicians at the Few Institute. This article does not constitute medical advice, and readers should consult with a licensed clinician prior to considering any treatment.