With the ever growing popularity of mommy makeovers comes an also growing discussion about it in the media. Some people are happy to see mother’s taking control of their lives and doing what makes them happy. I recently read that some people are upset that mothers with young and impressionable children are having cosmetic surgeries – that this is somehow sending the wrong message to their children. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I don’t think these people are looking at the whole picture. I found this article by Melissa Chapman on this exact topic. I think she brings up great points about the importance in a child’s life of having happy parents. She also talks about the positive impact parents’ confidence can have in their children’s lives.
Here’s an excerpt from Melissa’s article:
If anyone knows a thing or two about others’ needs before their own, it’s a mother. As one myself, I basically sacrificed my body when I decided to take on the completely awesome responsibility of being pregnant. I did everything I could; swore off coffee, shellfish, I only slept on my side, I quit wine, and well, I essentially became the most anxious and crankiest version of myself for the 10 months of pregnancy and the six months following because I chose to breastfeed. If you don’t believe me, just ask my husband, who had the unenviable task of keeping me company during those long, exhausting months as I admonished him for “getting me in this situation in the first place.” Ultimately, I just wasn’t cut out to be one of those happy-go-lucky pregnant ladies.
I, for one, feel that any mom who has the desire to get cosmetic surgery to change what pregnancy may have altered should do so and apparently Dr. Mark Solomon agrees. In fact, Dr. Solomon, a board-certified plastic surgeon based out of New York, believes that women who want to get cosmetic surgery post pregnancy should, first and foremost, free themselves of any guilt.
“I tell patients that cosmetic surgery is a gift to themselves and that there should be no guilt if they have earned it,” says Dr. Solomon, who also explained that his patients rarely feel any guilt with their procedures and are often most concerned with complications.
To read more about what Melissa Chapman and Dr. Solomon have to say about mother’s having the choice to have mommy makeovers in the full article HERE.
I agree with Dr. Solomon. I find that most of my patients have thought long and hard about having any mommy makeover procedure done before they even come in for a consultation with me. When they do decide to have the procedure, they have decided that it is what is best for them, which in turn is most likely what is best for their families. I don’t think any mother should feel pressure to abstain from doing what they want with their body.
It’s always upsetting when society has the power to shame anyone into not doing what they believe is best for them. We should spend more time enabling and empowering each other, and less time judging one another. All moms have enough on their plates to deal with already, they don’t need to deal with peering eyes and prying ears making them feel bad for giving themselves a gift and making themselves happy.
Dr. Usha Rajagopal reviews current issues and stays current with the latest trends in plastic surgery. Mommy makeovers are becoming more and more popular in the San Francisco Bay Area. Find out more about Dr. Usha Rajagopal here.