Determining the Safety of Non-Surgical Treatments Postpartum


The postpartum period, often referred to as the “fourth trimester,” is a crucial time in a mother’s life. After the joyous but physically demanding experience of childbirth, a new mother faces a range of physical and emotional changes. Many mothers seek ways to restore their bodies and boost their self-esteem during this time. Non-surgical treatments are becoming increasingly popular as they offer a less invasive alternative to address postpartum concerns.

Physical Considerations

Healing and Recovery – The postpartum period is a critical time for a woman’s body to heal and recover. It is important to allow sufficient time for the body to recuperate following childbirth, especially if there were complications or surgical procedures involved, such as a caesarean section. Muscles, ligaments, and tissues need to regain strength and tone. Typically, Nurse Emily at Atanga Aesthetics recommends waiting six to eight weeks after delivery before considering any non-surgical procedures.

Hormonal Changes – Postpartum hormonal changes can significantly affect the body’s response to treatments. Oestrogen and progesterone levels drop steeply after childbirth, which may impact skin conditions and hair growth. Hormonal fluctuations can lead to skin issues like acne or pigmentation changes (melasma). Hair loss is also a common postpartum issue, known as postpartum hair shedding.  Understanding these hormonal fluctuations is vital in determining the safety and efficacy of non-surgical treatments.

Breastfeeding – For mother who are breastfeeding, the safety of non-surgical treatments must be carefully evaluated. Some treatments, such as certain medications or certain aesthetic procedures, may interfere with milk production or transfer harmful substances to the baby through breast milk.  At Atanga Aesthetics, Nurse Emily advises mums to wait 6 weeks after weaning before receiving any prescription only medication (POM).

It can take months or years to get back to feeling like our pre-baby selves. I’m 3 years postpartum and my tummy still doesn’t look like it does in this picture on the right. It’s important to set realistic expectations whilst seeking treatment.

Emotional Considerations

Mental Well-being – Both during pregnancy and in the postpartum period, many mother experience significant emotional changes. Addressing any underlying emotional distress or postpartum depression is crucial before considering non-surgical treatments. Assessing mental well-being ensures that a woman is making informed decisions and is prepared for the potential impact of these treatments.

Body Image Concerns – Pregnancy can bring about changes in a woman’s body that may impact her body image and self-esteem.  Many mothers gain weight during pregnancy, and losing this weight postpartum is a common goal. Additionally, the abdominal muscles may separate during pregnancy (diastasis recti), which can affect core strength and appearance. Breastfeeding can lead to changes in breast size, shape, and sensitivity. Some mother may experience sagging or deflated breasts after weaning.  It is important to give ample time for acceptance and adjustment to these changes before pursuing non-surgical treatments. Rushing into such procedures may exacerbate postpartum emotional challenges.

Make a list of goals to discuss during your consultation.

Non-Surgical Postpartum Treatments

Non-surgical postpartum treatments are designed to address some of the physical changes that mother experience after childbirth. These treatments are generally minimally invasive and do not involve surgical procedures or extended recovery times.

Postpartum Belly Wraps – These supportive garments are designed to help the abdominal muscles regain strength and provide gentle compression to reduce postpartum swelling. They are especially popular after caesarean sections.

Non-Invasive Body Contouring – Procedures like CoolSculpting use controlled cooling to eliminate fat cells, helping new mothers achieve their pre-pregnancy body contours. This non-surgical approach is appealing to many mothers who want to address stubborn areas of fat.  To help with skin laxity and reduced tone, Profhilo® Body has shown excellent results in improving areas of concern.

Laser Skin Treatments – Laser therapy can address skin issues such as pigmentation changes, acne, and fine lines. Some laser treatments are safe for breastfeeding mothers.  Skin boosters such as Profhilo® and Redensity® can improve hydration and pigmentation of the face, neck and decolletage.

Breast Enhancement – Non-surgical breast enhancement options include breast lifts, fat grafting, and non-invasive breast firming treatments. These can help restore breast shape and firmness.  At Atanga Aesthetics Nurse Emily has made the decision not to offer dermal filler breast augmentation due to the number of complications that have been reported.  It is best to seek a surgical consult.

Non-surgical postpartum treatments can provide new mothers with options to address physical changes and boost their self-esteem during the postpartum period. However, safety considerations should always be at the forefront of any decision. After a thorough consultation and waiting for the appropriate time are essential steps in ensuring the safety and effectiveness of these treatments.

Ultimately, the decision to undergo non-surgical treatments postpartum should be made with careful consideration of individual needs, health status, and realistic expectations. With the right approach, new mothers can navigate the postpartum period with confidence and a sense of empowerment as they embrace the changes and challenges that come with motherhood.