People come in all shapes and sizes, with histories of all types. But most of our patients (about 2 out of 3 of them, to be exact) are women. Of those women, 75% of them have kids. And for moms, there’s 1 big question that comes up for Dr. Dauwe or our CoolSculpting® Specialists at just about every consultation or medical clearance visit.
The biggest concern for most moms considering CoolSculpting® is safety. You may be wondering if CoolSculpting® is safe for women after babies… this blog is for you.
Can you do CoolSculpting® to the lower abdomen on women postpartum?
This is the same thing as asking if you’re a candidate for CoolSculpting®. Depending on the State, there are certain regulations you need to follow to determine whether you’re a candidate. In Texas, that means meeting with a mid to high level medical professional to discuss your medical history and receive a physical exam. Then, they can safely tell you if you’re a candidate.
Generally speaking – if you have pinchable fat in the lower abdomen, you’re likely a candidate for CoolSculpting®. CoolSculpting® can work on pinchable fat between chin and knees, but the most popular postpartum CoolSculpting® treatment area for moms is the lower abdomen and the love handles.
Your body can change quite dramatically after having a baby – from stretch marks to loose skin, additional unwanted fat, or even a change in the texture of hair! (This happened to a woman we know– she always had straight hair and after her middle child, she had curly hair thereafter!)
CoolSculpting® may be the best fit for lower abdomen fat that won’t budge, but it depends on a physical exam. It’s got to be the right kind of fat for CoolSculpting® to work. Some women develop diastasis recti during pregnancy, or a separation of the muscle wall. That’s a consideration for CoolSculpting®, and your results will vary greatly based on whether that’s the diagnosis you receive. It’s not a hard stop for postpartum CoolSculpting®, but you’ll want to develop a treatment plan that respects the anatomical structure you’re living with today and set proper expectations on what you’re hoping to achieve, especially if you have diastasis recti.
Pending a medical clearance with a physician, you can absolutely treat the lower abdomen in postpartum women with CoolSculpting®.
CoolSculpting® is uniquely able to help enhance your shape, sculpt slimmer lines, or reduce volume to the lower abdomen so you feel more confident or comfortable, especially postpartum.
At Element Body Lab, we specialize in CoolSculpting® for Dallas clients – and we’ve treated hundreds of moms safely and effectively. We believe in this technology – because of the 8 million treatments performed worldwide, because of the FDA clearances it holds, and because of the 100+ peer reviewed research papers available today. Most importantly, because of our own experiences and our portfolio of before and after photos.
How long should you wait after having a baby to consider postpartum CoolSculpting®?
You should wait at least 3-6 months after you’ve stopped breastfeeding to consider CoolSculpting® after a baby, especially in the lower abdomen area. It takes time for your body to fully recover and bounce back after childbirth. While you’re breastfeeding, your hormones are still out of whack, so you’ll want to get to a baseline before you get a consultation/assessment with a medical professional. That way your body can settle into its new, post-baby shape.
If you don’t wait the proper time, your body can change as your hormones settle. You may be overly aggressive with a treatment and end up not loving your results. After all, CoolSculpting® results are long term. Once the fat is gone, it’s gone for good. So our advice?
Don’t be in too big of a hurry here, you’ve got a whole life ahead of you, and the biggest priority those first few months is protecting the new tiny human in your life.
What if you have a C-Section? Can you get CoolSculpting®? Is it safe?
CoolSculpting® treatments are totally customized and tailored to your body, which includes accommodating for scars. Often women postpartum have scars to the lower belly, it’s the most common consideration we see at Element Body Lab.
Sometimes, there’s just that pouch… you know, the one that never existed before you had kids. If only that doctor who did the c-section could have just snipped and tugged and cinched down that lower abdomen pouch? That’s the dream.
Back on topic….
Yes, you can get CoolSculpting® if you have a C-section scar, or any scar for that matter. That’s not a hard stop (aka contraindication), but we do want to make note of it. If you have a scar on the lower abdomen or have had any abdominal surgeries, make sure you let us know.
CoolSculpting® is an art and a science – and that’s the biggest difference in what you’ll experience at Element Body Lab vs. other places (wait, there are other places that offer CoolSculpting®?! We don’t know them either).
For patients who have scars, we’ll need to get more creative with the application of the device, and we can educate you on what this looks like in person at your free consultation.
Should you do CoolSculpting® before or after having a baby?
Yes? Can you answer this question with a single yes? We don’t like the word “should” because it indicates there’s a right or a wrong answer. Get CoolSculpting® whenever you’re ready. Get CoolSculpting® whenever it’s a priority. Get CoolSculpting®. It’s the best.
Get CoolSculpting® before you have kids (if you’re not actively trying to get pregnant) and enjoy your results for the years you’ve got between now and then. If you are actively trying to get pregnant, maybe consider protecting your pocket book and wait until after you’ve had that kiddo.
Get CoolSculpting® after you have kids to help you get to the body of your dreams. Notice I didn’t say BACK to your pre-baby body? We’re not about that life. You’re a superhero – you BUILT AND BIRTHED a new human. That means changes happen. Embrace the new body, strong and fierce. Love yourself and make subtle changes so you feel sexier and more confident than ever. Enhance you curves, slim your lower abdomen, thin out your arms or your thighs, or whatever you’re bothered by…
PSA for all the people who think “it’s just not the right time”…
There’s no “right time” to invest in yourself. There’s no wrong time either. You are a priority, and your body is too. If you’re wanting CoolSculpting®, schedule a consultation with Element Body Lab – the CoolSculpting® Experts of Dallas. We’re here to help. There’s no pressure or judgement, and you can get the answers to the questions you have about CoolSculpting®. Then, you can freeze your fat whenever you’re ready.
Don’t hesitate to reach out, we’re happy to help. Call or text 214-897-3006 or email us at email@example.com to schedule your consultation… or if you have a question you’d like featured on the blog!
Element Body Lab, The Dallas CoolSculpting® Experts
* Please be aware the CoolSculpting® is a prescriptive medical device. Any facility that doesn’t require you to meet with a physician in your initial consultation is incompliant with Medical Board Laws in the State of Texas.