Mommy Makeovers: Giving into Society or Re-Establishing Self-Esteem?

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In the quest for everlasting beauty of both face and bodies, our society has resorted to just about everything from expensive creams and elixirs, injections, and plastic surgery. We are inundated with images of beautiful people who never seem to age. Images abound of celebrities who have given birth and in a very short amount of time are back to their pre-pregnancy selves. All of these things can have a profound effect on how the general population of women feel about their own bodies.

A Mommy Makeover, or restoration procedure, is a means to not only give a woman who has given birth her desired physique and ability to fit back into clothes that she wore before her pregnancy, it is also a way to give a woman back her self-confidence.

History of the Mommy Makeover

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, breast augmentation was very popular. Many women sought to have this procedure performed after having their children. Back then, insurance covered this surgery. From the early 90’s to the early 2000’s, breast augmentations became less popular due to the risks and complications posed by implants. After a few years of studies being done on the safety of implants, there was an upsurge in breast augmentations being performed.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, breast augmentation was very popular. Many women sought to have this procedure performed after having their children. Back then, insurance covered this surgery. From the early 90’s to the early 2000’s, breast augmentations became less popular due to the risks and complications posed by implants. After a few years of studies being done on the safety of implants, there was an upsurge in breast augmentations being performed.

The Trifecta Effect

A mommy makeover consists of three surgeries: Corrective breast surgery, tummy tuck, and liposuction of arms, thighs, lower back, and stomach. Corrective breast surgery typically consists of a lift with implants. A tummy tuck is a procedure in which the abdominal muscles which stretched during pregnancy are sewn back together. This creates a girdle-type effect which flattens stomach muscles. Diet and exercise will not repair muscles that have been stretched during a woman’s pregnancy. Liposuction is a procedure that is performed to the arms, legs and back in which excess fat is literally suctioned out.

Risks Associated with Mommy Makeovers

As with any surgery, there is always the risk of complications that can range from minor skin irritations to major anesthetic and surgical complications. When a woman considers having these types or procedures, she should always do extensive research to make sure that she is matching herself with a highly-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon. Getting referrals from others who have had such procedures is the best approach to take.

Mental Benefits of Mommy Makeovers

Any woman will tell you that after she has given birth that while she loves her new little bundle of joy, she is not in love with what has happened to her body. Breasts are not as full and uplifted, stomachs can become wrinkled and flabby with love-handles, and arms and thighs become jiggly. All of these things can be a blow to a woman’s self-esteem. Women want to feel beautiful and desired and Mommy Makeovers can go a long way in restoring lost vitality and sense of femininity.

When a woman feels beautiful she is more than likely to be a better mother, wife, lover, etc. This has nothing to do with trying to live up to a standard set up by society. We are not talking about the unrealistic way that some in society think that a woman should look. Simply, we mean that these types of procedures can restore a woman’s body back to the way that it was before she had her child or children. When a women does not feel attractive within her own self, it really is all that she can think about. A woman should not have to cringe every time she sees herself naked in a mirror, or worse, avoid mirrors altogether because she does not like what she sees. This sense of self-loathing can affect so many different aspects of her life, particularly intimacy with her partner. There is a saying that applies to marriage: “Happy wife, happy life.” It absolutely is true when it comes to how a woman views her physicality.

Sarah Pinkerton

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