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What Do You Think of the "Mommy Makeover"?

What Do You Think of the "Mommy Makeover"?

Have you heard of the "mommy makeover"? The procedure, the New York Times reports, is marketed toward new mothers. It usually involves a breast lift (implants optional), a tummy tuck, and liposuction. Plastic surgeons are encouraging women to get post-pregnancy surgery to "repair" the so-called damage inflicted on their bodies through pregnancy and childbirth. The surgery costs $10,000 to $30,000.

Of course, nobody's going to deny that pregnancy does change women's bodies, and this can have a profound effect on self-image. Some women feel depressed because they don't look the way they did before baby; others say that pop culture puts more pressure on moms to look youthful and taut than ever before, causing them to need the surgery. “I don’t think it was an issue for my mother; your husband loved you no matter what,” said Sharlotte Birkland, who had the triple procedure done earlier this year.

I understand the desire to look a certain way, but I take issue with surgeons who pathologize the normal body changes that come with motherhood. Plus, what's with calling mothers "mommy" all the time? (Am I the only one a little weirded out by that?) Let me know what you think.


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keiraz keiraz 9 years
let's be realistic here, 90% of women can NOT return to their old self after birth especially as they grow older, and the husbands keep whining and nagging also the woman's self esteem most of the time goes neg. so it is their right to take care of their country lol
elephantheart elephantheart 9 years
I have four kids, and I won't lie. I have considered getting a tummy tuck. But the truth is, I look damn good after 4 kids, and part of me says I'd be giving into the hype and the excessive expectancy on women to look a certain way if I did it. My husband says he 'likes my stretch marks', and says I have a green light if I want it, but not to do it for him because he loves me the way I am. So my thing is being able to wear cute bikinis again. My tummy is flat, and I'm in good shape, but I do have some stretch marks on my lower stomach, and I'd be self-coscious in a 2 piece. So this is something I am currently struggling with...
htiduj htiduj 9 years
i have no problem with plastic surgery. and i think that if after somebody is done having kids, they want to do something thats their business. sometimes its even necessary, a friend of mine has back problems because her breasts just get bigger and bigger with each pregnancy, and she wants to have a reduction when she is finished having kids. but it should be a personal choice. NOBODY should make new mothers feel badly about their appearance and try to get them to have plastic surgery. thats just wrong. we should celebrate new mothers instead of putting them down.
catesugar catesugar 9 years
What about proper diet and exercise pre-pregnancy and during pregnancy? I'm a mother and this worked. You don't have to go overboard - gentle exercise is enough. As for major surgery - it's hardly the easy way out compared to a little work each day. The risk of scarring alone would be significant.
creepupmytee creepupmytee 9 years
yes! Moms deserve to look good too. I must be a sexy mom in future! :D
thiggy thiggy 9 years
mom of 4, had my last one at 42. so, i'm a little saggy in parts. think we're a little sensitive about the 'mommy' tag they used. whatever. it's advertising. as for the actual nip & tuck, don't think i'll ever do it, but if time & money weren't an issue, why not? but i much rather have a little botox on my 'mean mommy' wrinkles i have on my forehead.
cbgmick cbgmick 9 years
I'm a mother of a 4 yr old and currently expecting my second child. I can totally understand why this would be appealing. I carried really high w/ my son and have stretch marks that resemble deep rivers-- not so pleasant-- as well as lots of "extra" skin and droopy breasts. I'm certainly not in love w/ these things and post delivery / post post partum period of my current in utero sweet pea, I will definitely exercise and try to lose the weight and tone up. In addition, I continue do things (both pre and post pregnancy!) to make myself "look better' (in my eyes)... I wear makeup, I color my hair, I wax my eyebrows, etc. So, I cannot say that I'm totally anti in the area of "interfering with what life hands you" and cannot judge what others chose to do. However, I'm not pro-elective surgery and will never go to these measures. Why do we have to look like we did at 18 when we are 38???? Goodness gracious!! It's all just getting so out of hand!
hebrew-hunny hebrew-hunny 9 years
I say, if I woman wants to and it will make it feel better about herself, GO FOR IT!!
quelle quelle 9 years
yes, we all want to look good and feel great about ourselves, but at what cost? what the majority of people don't realize is that people have died going under the knife due to heart failure/blood complications from the anesthesia.
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
I don't think that women should be rushing into surgeries right after they have a child. It's the damage that the baby causes that should stop women from having kids. Eh, it's just a quick fix.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
I think it's a way to exploit a woman who has just had a huge physical and emotional upheaval. Any woman should wait until her hormones level out, her body readjusts to the way it's actually going to stay, and she's not so exhausted (if that ever happens lol)If she still feels the need, then that's her choice. But to call it a "mommy package" and suggest that you're not allowed to not have a perfect body even after childbirth? No, no.
gladjenta gladjenta 9 years
i think if a woman really wants the surgery and it will boost her self-esteem, then she should go for it. i'm not going to judge...but i do think it's sad that it's marketed toward mommies (i agree with wingedkiare).
wingedkiare wingedkiare 9 years
I think it's sad that this is being marketed as a "Mommy job" - why not just leave it as one of the "body jobs" (like I've heard) and leave who the person is out of it? I admit, I probably will have some minor work done after I've finished having kids (mostly to remove the stretch marks that I'm not so fond of- and actually had pre-baby, though pregnancy made them more pronounced), but I'm more than willing to accept that my body type has changed and will continue to change - and that my breasts won't be the same as they were pre-babies.
jennybop jennybop 9 years
if the woman really wants it, then there's nothing wrong with making someone feel better about themselves if their personal self image has suffered to them due to being a mother. i think it would take a really strong person to be able to admit that to themselves
crazygirl93 crazygirl93 9 years
It's stupid.
badkitty badkitty 9 years
if you can afford it..why not..stop judging people..
Anne007 Anne007 9 years
I think it's great for mothers to look healthy and well taken care off. How they achieve it? Well that's personal. It does make for free 'mommy' advertisement when a lovely looking babe says she has kids
Choco-cat Choco-cat 9 years
This completely disgusts me.
hoyagirl hoyagirl 9 years
To suggest that someone who gets a mommy makeover is lazy or just not trying is insensitive and flat out wrong. I lost all of my baby weight pretty easily after having my daughter. (by 8 weeks, actually). In fact, I weigh less now then before I got pregnant. But no amount of exercising will ever make the loose skin on my stomach tight again. No amount of exercise will ever remove stretch marks. And no amount of exercise will make your breasts less saggy. After having my next, and last child, I do plan on getting a mini tummy tuck (less invasive)to tighten up the skin, and a breast lift. I will not be doing it for anyone but me. I consider it my reward for putting my body through so much trauma and successfully birthing two children. I deserve that and I want it. I would like to wear a bikini again without seeing the loose skin and stretch marks, and that's all there is to it.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I think it's great! I will probably do soemthign to myself to feel good about myself after I have kids too...
soco210 soco210 9 years
While I think this is a nice idea, its NOT ideal. Recovery from these proceedures would take weeks, even months. How could you properly take care of your child when you are in recovery from several major proceedures? I could see after the kids are in school that maybe you'd want a breast lift/implants (can TOTALLY see that lol), or if you can't get the flat tummy back completely a little tummy tuck, but seriously, its laziness to get a "mommy makeover". I had my first child and after I had recooped I hit the gym six days a week for an hour each day and ate healthy. I actually joined the and did fabulously. It DOES take awhile tho, there is NO instant gratification. I'm not against plastic surgery and if later in life I need it, I'm all for it. It would definately be nice to have the option to take the easy way out, but in the real world I can't fathom it.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
^ being fit (forgot a letter.)
photogirle17 photogirle17 9 years
pressure pressure! That's kind of sad! Play with and chase your kids and it might do just as well. :) But hey I'm all for maintenance at the right time in a safe way.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I'm against it; what ever happened to just getting off the couch and getting fit?! Exercise is can cost nothing just get up and walk then run then go a marathon. See baby steps(bad joke.) Exercise and a healthy diet will give you those flat abs, small er butt and lean legs that you want - you have to work for it, not buy it in a doctors office. People are so lazy these days and just want the easy way out. I think being fi and earning that small body is sexier than a boob job and an easy way out in life.
sofi sofi 9 years
wow- interesting article. I was actually told by my obgyn RIGHT AFTER my second child was born that he could recommend a good plastic surgeon to give me a little tummy tuck if I was done having children. Now I have always been tall and thin and this just kind of depressed me that he thought I needed it or I would even think about it. Of course, I think about it all the time now that he said something-not any closer to doing it, but still. What scares me more than the mommy makeover is all the teenagers on Dr. 90210 wanting plastic surgery. I fear for my daughter growing up.
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