This article submitted by: Dr. Berenholz
My staff and I were having a discussion about plastic surgery for the trending demographic of mothers. Now that society has become more accepting of surgeries to alter your looks (not as bad as alterations in movies like “Hunger Games” or “Total Recall”)….. mommy makeovers are becoming socially acceptable. It seems the new anniversary gift for a 35 yr old mom is to get a breast lift/augmentation, tummy tuck, and possible vaginal reconstruction (like laser labiaplasty).
Motherhood is such a gratifying experience even with the pregnancy and difficulty of raising children in today’s fast paced world. After pregnancy, most women experience dramatic changes to their physique. Since even the most vigorous exercise regimes (like CrossFit and P90X) and diets cannot always reverse these changes.
One mother requested labia reduction surgery and used the key words of “chaffing” and “discomfort”. After having 5 children the lips of the labor had become quite stretched out and caused discomfort in day to day life. In times like this, I have no reservations in assisting the mother find some relief.
Labia reduction can cause bleeding and infections. And scar tissue can make the skin less stretchy, causing pain and irritation during sex.
There are risks and complications associated with all surgery. If we are not convinced there’s a functional defect or such an abnormality that the emotional aspect is compelling, I say no.
Another mother makeover, after having and nursing 3 children in a 4 year period found that her breasts were stretched out and deflated. She felt her breasts were little more than stretched skin and nipples. As a fitness and yoga instructor this made her feel self conscious about her body. The gift of breast augmentation, in this case, was about restoring confidence in a woman that had inspired so many in her classes over the years.
Cosmetic surgery is not just about Hollywood actors attempting to look young forever….. It’s become more reasonably priced for the average woman to restore confidence and be proud of the heroic woman that can look in the mirror and be proud of the woman she is, battle scars and all.
If you could have a mother makeover, what would you have done?