Body Sculpting After Pregnancy: A Complete Guide For New Moms

The changes that pregnancy and childbirth can bring to a woman’s body are profound. The same applies to most new moms’ schedules, making losing weight after pregnancy especially difficult.

Weakened abdominal and pelvic floor muscles – think diastasis recti and incontinence – along with stubborn fat deposits and hormonal changes, make it especially difficult to get back to normal – and better.

Dr. Jennifer Levine, a world-renowned facial plastic surgeon, is also a mom of two and acutely understands the unique challenges faced by new moms that extend beyond aesthetics and into function.

This comprehensive guide to non-surgical body sculpting in NYC was developed with what Dr. Levine calls ‘functional aesthetics’ in mind. After all, after childbirth, it’s not just about getting sculpted abs and glutes, but the goal is also to feel your strongest, most confident ever!

Non-Surgical Fat Reduction

After childbirth, many women struggle with stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to a balanced diet and regular exercise.

CoolSculpting for Postpartum Fat Reduction

CoolSculpting, an FDA-approved treatment, harnesses the power of cryolipolysis technology to target and freeze unwanted fat cells. Over the subsequent weeks, the body naturally processes and eliminates these cells, leading to a more contoured silhouette. For postpartum mothers, CoolSculpting effectively addresses common areas of concern including the abdomen, thighs, and flanks.

Being non-invasive, it requires minimal downtime, making it a fitting option for those juggling the demands of new motherhood. Visible results begin to manifest as early as three weeks post-treatment, with the most pronounced changes observable after two months.


Quadsculpting with CoolSculpting Elite

Stubborn fat can appear in multiple areas. Wouldn’t it be great if you could treat those areas at the same time? With Quadsculpting and CoolSculpting Elite, you can!

CoolSculpting Elite is an evolution of the original system, boasting more ergonomic design for applicators, enhancing patient comfort and results by covering a larger treatment area, which translates to even better results!

Moreover, the standout feature of the CoolSculpting Elite is its ability to treat two areas simultaneously. This capability, when combined with a second CoolSculpting Elite machine, enables Quadsculpting—a breakthrough approach allowing the simultaneous treatment of four areas!

As one of the few establishments offering this in New York City, JL Body Sculpting by Dr. Jennifer Levine ensures that patients benefit from this efficiency, helping them achieve their desired outcomes faster.

Recommended Sessions: 4-6 sessions per area, spaced 4-6 weeks apart.


SculpSure and Postpartum Body Contouring

SculpSure is another non-invasive body contouring option that utilizes laser technology. Unlike CoolSculpting, which freezes fat cells, SculpSure heats them up, causing them to break down and be naturally flushed from the body.

Especially designed for postpartum mothers, SculpSure targets stubborn fat in areas such as the belly, love handles and thighs, often affected after pregnancy. A single SculpSure session lasts just 25 minutes. Results become visible in about six weeks, with optimal outcomes seen at the 12-week mark.

Full treatment: 2 sessions per area, each spaced 4-6 weeks apart.


Emsculpt NEO: Beyond Fat Reduction for Postpartum Moms


While many treatments focus on fat reduction, Emsculpt NEO goes a step further by also targeting muscle. This innovative procedure combines radiofrequency (RF) heating for fat reduction with high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) energy for muscle building.
For postpartum women, Emsculpt NEO can address diastasis recti, a common condition where abdominal muscles separate during pregnancy.

The treatment strengthens the core muscles while also reducing fat, making it a dual-action solution. Additionally, Emsculpt NEO sessions are quick, usually lasting about 30 minutes, and there’s no recovery time, so new mothers can get back to their routines immediately.

Full treatment: 4-6 sessions per area, each spaced 1 week apart

Muscle Toning & Diastatis Recti

Following the journey of addressing postpartum fat reduction, it’s equally important to shed light on another crucial aspect: muscle toning. The euphoria of embracing motherhood is unparalleled, but the physical transformations, notably the loss of muscle tone, often emerge as concerns for many new mothers. Regaining one’s pre-pregnancy form and strength becomes a priority, making postpartum muscle toning an essential topic of discussion for today’s informed mothers.

Emsculpt NEO: A Revolution in Muscle Toning

Emsculpt NEO stands out in the realm of postpartum treatments, primarily because of its dual-action mechanism. This innovative procedure not only targets fat but also focuses on muscle toning.

Imagine doing 20,000 crunches in just 30 minutes. That’s the kind of muscle stimulation Emsculpt NEO provides in a single session, making it a game-changer for postpartum moms. Such intensive muscle contraction is impossible to achieve with regular workouts, making Emsculpt NEO a sought-after solution.

One of the main concerns post-pregnancy is diastasis recti, a condition where the abdominal muscles separate. Emsculpt NEO effectively addresses this issue, helping mothers not just with aesthetics but also with core strength, crucial for lifting and carrying their babies.


Emsculpt NEO doesn’t just stop at the abdominal muscles; this treatment can also target the buttocks, thighs, calves, biceps, and triceps. Notably, the innovative Emsculpt NEO Edge has been designed specifically to target the love handles, addressing a common concern area for many.

Full treatment: 4-6 sessions per area, each spaced 1 week apart

Emsculpt NEO can also be used in conjunction with exosomes to improve diastasis recti, stretch marks, and improve skin laxity.


Emsella: Strengthening the Pelvic Floor

While Emsculpt NEO focuses on the abdominal muscles, Emsella zeroes in on the pelvic floor, another area significantly impacted during childbirth. This non-invasive treatment uses electromagnetic energy to cause deep pelvic floor muscle stimulation.

To put it in relatable terms, sitting on the Emsella chair for 28 minutes is equivalent to performing 11,200 kegel exercises. Such intensive stimulation helps in tightening the pelvic muscles, assisting mothers with urinary incontinence issues that can sometimes arise post-childbirth.

Full treatment: 6 sessions completed over a three week period

Vaginal Tightening

Postpartum, many women confront vaginal laxity, stemming from the stretching and weakening of pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy and childbirth. This change can have profound effects on sexual satisfaction, self-confidence, and overall comfort.

Emsella for Vaginal Tightening

Recognized for its direct and discrete approach, Emsella is a leading treatment that addresses vaginal laxity by bolstering the pelvic floor. Its use of electromagnetic technology offers a non-invasive solution to this common postpartum concern.

Full treatment: 6 sessions twice a week


CO2LiftV Mask

For those seeking an at-home solution, the CO2LiftV mask emerges as a top recommendation. This unique treatment restores the youthful functionality of the vagina by infusing the area with carbon dioxide. The ensuing rush of oxygen-rich blood to the tissue aids in cell regeneration.

As a result, issues like dryness, itching, urinary incontinence, and vaginal relaxation syndrome (VRS) see marked improvement. With its promise to rejuvenate both the function and cosmetic appearance of the vagina, CO2LiftV stands as an innovative approach to vaginal tightening.

Recommended Protocol: 5-10 treatments in the first month, then one monthly treatment for maintenance


Skin Laxity, Cellulite, and Stretch Marks


Among the physical changes, skin laxity, cellulite, and stretch marks stand out as common concerns for many new mothers. These challenges, often a result of rapid skin stretching and hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy, can affect self-confidence. Thankfully, advancements in aesthetic treatments – namely regenerative medicine – offer effective solutions!

Hyperdilute Radiesse

Radiesse is a biostimulatory filler, most known for its use to volumize facial features such as the jawline. It works by stimulating the production of collagen, a protein that gives skin its bounce.
When diluted, Radiesse can also help reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve overall skin texture in the affected area. This happens by boosting production of collagen!
Dr. Jennifer Levine has shared research on the regenerative and biostimulatory powers of Radiesse

Full treatment: 2 spaced 1 month apart!

Aveli: Targeting Cellulite at its Root

Aveli directly addresses the main cause of cellulite. Unlike treatments that focus only on the surface, Aveli targets the fibrous bands that create the dimpled skin look.
The procedure involves a tool that cuts these tethering bands under the skin. This action smooths the skin’s surface and reduces the dimpled appearance. Plus, Aveli promotes collagen growth, which further smooths and firms the skin.
While Aveli offers lasting results with little downtime, some minor bruising or swelling might happen after the treatment. Depending on the cellulite’s severity, more than one session may be needed.

Full treatment: One and done!

Emtone: Combating Cellulite and Improving Skin Tone

Emtone is a groundbreaking treatment that addresses both cellulite and skin laxity. By combining targeted pressure energy with radiofrequency (RF), Emtone stimulates increased collagen and elastin production. The result? Smoother skin and a noticeable reduction in cellulite. The non-invasive nature of Emtone makes it a preferred choice for many looking for quick and effective results.

Emtone with Exosomes: Regenerative Cellulite Treatment

While Emtone on its own is potent, when combined with exosomes, its efficacy is further magnified. Exosomes are tiny vesicles that enhance cellular communication, accelerating the regeneration process. When paired with Emtone’s RF technology, exosomes amplify the treatment’s effect, leading to more pronounced skin tightening and cellulite reduction.

Full treatment: 4-6 sessions twice a week

What are exosomes?

Exosomes are nano-size vesicles that cells excrete to communicate with each other. They are filled with lipids (fats), proteins, and nucleic acids, like messenger RNA. In aesthetics, they are generally sourced from stem cells, specialized cells that have the ability to develop into many other types of cells. Exosomes have been explored in regenerative medicine to repair cartilage and joints, and more research is showing how exosomes can be used for regenerating and repairing skin and hair.

Frax with Exosomes: Addressing Skin Laxity and Stretch Marks

Frax uses fractional laser technology to create micro-injuries in the skin, which, paradoxically, stimulates the skin’s natural healing process, boosting collagen and elastin production. The introduction of exosomes to this process further enhances skin regeneration, making stretch marks less visible and improving overall skin elasticity. The combined effect results in skin that not only feels firmer but also appears more rejuvenated and youthful.

Full treatment: At least 3 sessions each spaced 1 month apart

Hair Restoration

Pregnancy can lead to postpartum hair loss, which might catch you off guard. About half of all new moms experience this condition. It’s a common occurrence, and you may wonder why it happens and when. Luckily, treatments like exosomes and PRP can help address this issue.

Exosomes and PRP

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), known by various monikers including platelet-rich growth factors (GFs), platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) matrix, and PRF, has made significant strides in cosmetic dermatology. Studies conducted in vitro have demonstrated PRP’s remarkable capacity to stimulate human dermal fibroblast proliferation and elevate type I collagen synthesis. This process is vital, as collagen is the foundational protein required for the growth and health of our skin, hair, and nails.

While PRP offers biostimulatory benefits, exosomes introduce a regenerative dimension to treatments. When combined with PRP, exosomes amplify the therapeutic effects, ensuring not only the stimulation of existing cells (as PRP does) but also the regeneration of tissue at a cellular level. This powerful combination offers a comprehensive approach to rejuvenation, harnessing the benefits of both biostimulation and true cellular regeneration.

Why Choose Dr. Jennifer Levine for Your Postpartum Transformation

Dr. Jennifer Levine is a leader in innovative aesthetics and her ability to create natural results through both surgical and non-surgical treatments is world-renowned.

As a mom of two and one of the few female double board certified facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Levine helps patients’ plan their postpartum transformations with personalized care and understanding.

In the top 1% injectors in the country
Global leader in regenerative aesthetics
Consultant and speaker for Merz, Allergan, BTL and more.
AAFPRS Vice Chairperson of Innovation and Emerging Technology Committee
Private Body Sculpting Suite

Body sculpting is a personal choice, and client privacy is important during and after the treatment. Dr. Jennifer Levine’s Body Sculpting Suite was designed with this in mind.

The JL Body Sculpting Suite, featured here, is spacious, comfortable, and convenient.

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