Is Getting a Mommy Makeover Selfish?

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A healthy diet and exercise aren’t always enough for getting back the pre-mom body. Diastasis, extra skin, stretch marks, enlarged or downturned nipples, and urinary incontinence (the list goes on and on) are real. Completely reversing those post-pregnancy changes on your own is virtually impossible.

It doesn’t help to hear people suggest that you aren’t working hard enough to get your body back or that plastic surgery, such as a Mommy Makeover, is a selfish shortcut. At our practice in The Woodlands, TX, women considering cosmetic plastic surgery to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies are also seeking to regain confidence in their bodies.

In this blog post, I’ll explain why being confident in your body can actually improve your mood and, ultimately, make you a better parent.

A Mommy Makeover Isn’t a Shortcut

Many moms in the Houston area who are considering plastic surgery worry that they’re putting their needs above those of their families. One 33-year-old woman on the RealSelf website asked if she was “selfish and lazy” for even thinking about getting a Mommy Makeover, which typically combines body contouring procedures such as a tummy tuck and cosmetic breast surgery.

The fact is that having children results in changes to the body that no amount of working out or following strict diets can address, such as tightening loose abdominal skin or repairing separated abdominal muscles. And deflated breasts won’t magically regain their volume or shape.

Confidence and Being a Parent

The saying, “When you look good, you feel good” is a cliché for a reason—it’s generally true. That’s not to say great parents don’t come in all sizes. But how a mom feels about herself is influenced by her body image and self-esteem. A mother who feels confident about her body is typically happier overall, and that self-assurance can benefit the relationships she has with her children.

Is a Mommy Makeover for You?

Multiple factors should be considered if you’re thinking about a Mommy Makeover. Moms, especially those with young children, need a reliable support system that can help with household chores, running errands, and child care. Before making your decision about getting a Mommy Makeover, you should also think about whether the surgery will put stress on your family’s finances and whether you’re planning to have additional children. What shouldn’t influence your choice is worrying about putting your needs ahead of a partner or children or feeling like you should be happy with your body even if you’re self-conscious.

You should have realistic expectations about the surgery and understand your motivations. But if you want to feel comfortable in a bikini or not rely on Spanx® to keep everything together, there’s certainly no shame in seeking surgery.

It is also important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with the experience and expertise to produce excellent results, such as those you can see in our gallery of before-and-after photos of actual patients. You can see that a Mommy Makeover is truly transformational.

If you’re finished having children and thinking about getting Mommy Makeover surgery, you can contact us using the online form to request a consultation or call us at (281) 760-3373 to schedule an appointment

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