Mommy Makeover: Do It for You!

As far as we’ve come in being body positive throughout our society, we meet an interesting phenomenon in the area of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery has been performed for cosmetic purposes for many years. And yet, many of the people who have a procedure to address their cosmetic concerns feel the need to deny it. Why? Stigma.

The stigma surrounding plastic surgery does not exist everywhere in the world. For instance, Brazilians view plastic surgery procedures as a healthy and normal way to support personal self-esteem and confidence. There is no shame in having a facelift, mommy makeover, or any other procedure. In American, many women who seek a mommy makeover harbor some feelings of guilt about their desire to look like they used to.

Having a mommy makeover doesn’t mean that a woman is not proud of her role as a mother. It doesn’t mean she does not appreciate what her body has accomplished. It means she wants to look the way she wants to look, and if that doesn’t include saggy breasts or a belly pooch, we believe that is her prerogative. Our role as a plastic surgery team is to provide necessary information about procedures so our patients can make the best decision for themselves.

Reasons for a Mommy Makeover

Women undergo mommy makeover treatment because they want to look better. This is true, but there’s more to it. A mommy makeover is also beneficial because:

Motherhood Can Cause Medical Concerns

The physical effects of pregnancy are not limited to cosmetic changes. A woman may lose her baby weight and tone her muscles but still be left with diastasis recti. This is the separation of the abdominal muscles that meet at the vertical midline of the torso. Due to the position of the rectus abdominis muscle, separation cannot be corrected with exercise alone. Toning and tightening may be achieved, but the abdomen will always have some degree of laxity unless the muscle is repaired. As a result of abdominal laxity, a woman may also experience low back pain, urinary incontinence, or she may develop a hernia.

Diet and Exercise Have Limitations

As much as some people alter their diet and workout habits, getting into ideal shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding may feel impossible. Women express frustration at the amount of effort they put in for minimal results. Healthy habits are ideal for ongoing health and weight management, but they aren’t always the answer for women’s cosmetic concerns related to motherhood, such as sagging or deflated breast.

The bottom line is that we are each entitled to feel good about how we look. The decision to have plastic surgery such as a mommy makeover is yours and yours alone to make. To learn more about the procedures involved in a mommy makeover, call our San Antonio office at 210-227-3223.

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