Unfortunately, many women experience sagging skin and stretch marks on their abdomen after giving birth. While some may accept this as a natural occurrence, others seek ways to address this aesthetic issue. Some attempt to treat it at home, while others may seek the help of a professional.
The good news is that it is possible to improve the appearance of the abdomen, and attempting to do so at home can save a significant amount of money. Techniques such as wraps, self-massage, and the use of certain cosmetics can be effective, but it’s important to note that results may take time and require consistent effort.
In summary, addressing stretch marks and sagging skin on the abdomen after childbirth can be a gradual process that requires regular attention and discipline. While seeking professional help is an option, attempting to address the issue at home can also be effective.
Massage Techniques for the Abdomen
- Oil Massage: Apply coconut or sesame oil generously to the stomach before starting the massage. A combination of different oils can also be used. Massaging the skin vigorously with the oil helps to moisturize and tighten the skin. Massage also helps to increase oxygen and blood flow to the skin cells, resulting in an improved condition of the skin.
- Vacuum Massage: This procedure is effective, but not particularly pleasant. Special medical jars are needed for this massage. The skin is covered with oil, and the jars are applied and moved in longitudinal and circular motions. The skin is pulled along with the jars to create suction. With fifteen half-hour procedures, a good effect can be seen.
- Honey Massage: Honey is used for this massage to improve the subcutaneous layer and skin tone. The honey nourishes and warms the skin, enhances lymph flow, and improves the elasticity of the skin on the abdomen. Performing this massage for at least two to three weeks daily helps to reduce stretch marks and tighten the tummy.
Using Special Mixtures
Mumijo has been long known for its effectiveness in reducing stretch marks on the stomach. To use it, simply dissolve a couple of mumijo tablets in a tablespoon of water, then mix it with any oil or body cream you use. For an even better effect, you can try combining mumijo with neroli, grape seed, and wheat germ oils. Some creams with these ingredients are also available for purchase. Another effective option is applying a few tablespoons of honey onto the abdomen. Spread it evenly, then pat the skin vigorously until it turns into a non-sticky white mass. Repeat the process, wetting your palms as needed. This method can be expensive and painful, but the results are worth it.
Scrubs and wraps
For effective scrubbing, natural coffee, citrus essential oils, and honey are great ingredients. Additionally, coarse salt, oatmeal, or white sugar can be added to create a warming and massaging effect with large particles that slightly scratch the skin.
As for wraps, it’s best to use them as a final step after cosmetic massage. Following an oil or honey massage, the stomach is wrapped with a film and a warm blanket for a few hours without washing off previously applied cosmetics. After the procedure, take a shower and use a homemade cosmetic mixture or a scrub with large particles for the best effect.
If the above methods don’t produce the desired results, you can try cosmetic procedures such as anti-cellulite, acupuncture, Altai or hardware massages, reinforcement or mesotherapy, and ultrasonic or thermal lifting. In extreme cases, plastic surgery may be an option. Abdominoplasty is a surgical intervention that requires anesthesia and a rehabilitation period. Liposuction is a simpler and more affordable option that doesn’t involve wide incisions, but it doesn’t improve the skin condition.
Before deciding on any procedure, it’s important to consult with a specialist for optimal results and to avoid possible side effects. In addition, regular physical activity, fresh air, and a healthy diet should not be neglected to get rid of stretch marks and tighten the skin on the stomach.