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Lois W. Stern  

The Mommy Makeover topic is hot news these days. Why? What is a mommy makeover anyway? Is this a one-size-fits-all deal or can the mommy makeover be customized?  

What Happens to the Body During Pregnancy
Diet and exercise can't always correct that postpartum bulging belly. Abdominal skin becomes stretched during pregnancy and that skin doesn't always snap back after childbirth. In addition, those vertical abdominal muscles often separate and become lax, causing the abdomen to further protrude. Breasts become engorged during pregnancy and/or nursing, but often sag after delivery or when breastfeeding ends because the covering skin  gets overstretched. Women frequently comment about "loving the motherly feeling" of their bodies while breastfeeding. Small-breasted women are normally thrilled by the added fullness to their breasts (often getting positive feedback from their partners as well!) But good things don't last forever, and those full, perky breasts begin to sag once breastfeeding concludes, with lax skin and less support when their breasts return to their pre-pregnancy size. Some women also lose breast volume as a result of pregnancy.  

What is a Mommy Makeover Anyway?
In the past a woman unhappy about the appearance of her sagging or flattened breasts would purchase a new style bra with better uplift or supplemental padding. A woman with loose skin or a protruding abdomen would girdle herself in or wear control top panty hose. Although these measures might very well have solved her problem when 'stepping out', she was still faced with a mirror reflection of her nude post-pregnancy body when stepping out of the shower. Now more moms are turning to Tummy Tucks, Smart Lipo, breast lifts and breast augmentations to remedy their appearance concerns.  

Why This Sudden Need For Mommy Makeovers?
In 2007, fifty-nine percent of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons members surveyed said that in the past three years they have seen a decided increase in patients seeking post-childbirth cosmetic surgery procedures. These makeovers worry some experts, concerned that the trend pathologizes a natural course of body changes. But Mommy Makeovers are really a logical extension of a culture that idolizes youth and fitness. The media bombard us with images of celebrity "hot mamas" who give birth on Tuesday and seem able to whip their post-pregnancy bodies back into shape by Saturday.  

But there is another issue involved. Many mothers today are not stay-at-home moms. They have professional and personal lives outside of the home and feel they need to look their best to compete in the job market.

We are fortunate to live in a country where we are entitled to form and express our own opinions, (but remember that sometimes our opinions change as we step into another person's shoes). Want to express yours?

Lois is the author of SEX, LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY (Things You'll Never Learn From Your Plastic Surgeon) - a website filled with goodies just for you!

and her soon-to-be-published book:
TICK, TOCK, STOP THE CLOCK (Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour)


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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Mary Clark wrote Nov 30, 2008
    • I believe more women are taking better care of themselves...(except for me)..but they are realizing that even after children you don’t have to give up having a nice body or settling for what happens to your body after childbirth.  

      Also..I believe that cosmetic surgery has become more affordable and in some cases a pretty quick non-invasive surgery.  

      I had breast reduction surgery two years ago this month and it was due to having two children.  It was the best surgery I could have ever had.  Not only did it make my appearance look better but it got rid of 99% of my back problems.  I’ve been to a chiropractor twice since my surgery and I was going several times a month along with getting massages several times a month.  

      I think if having plastic surgery makes you feel better about yourself and it can truly help you...go for it!!

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      Lois Stern wrote Nov 30, 2008
    • Hi Mary,

      I totally agree. For me, cosmetic surgery was the best gift I could have bought myself. but I am a firm believer in the motto: “Eerything in moderation“, and hate to think that women feel they need to “fix” every square inch of their bodies to perfection. That  is not what happiness is all about.


      Lois W. Stern

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