New Moms: Strike a Balance between Fitness and Cosmetic Surgery

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News programs and magazines seem to be fascinated by plastic surgery these days, and much of the buzz has to do with how popular surgical procedures have become. In the UK, the average age of female plastic surgery patients has dropped to 39, while in the United States, research shows that a high percentage of young women in the 25-34 age bracket, are most likely to pursue surgery to change a part of their body they are unhappy with. This younger age group includes new moms, who can find significant changes after the delivery of their bundle of joy. In this post, we review common ways to tackle post-baby issues from both a fitness and cosmetic surgery perspective, putting health and happiness above all other considerations.

Loss of Firmness in the Breast

The American Pregnancy Association recommends a weight gain of up to 35 pounds for women with a BMI of 18.5-24.9, up to 40 pounds for women with a BMI of less than 18.5 and up to pounds for women with a BMI of 25-29. Those with a pre-pregnancy BMI of over 30 should aim to gain no more than 20 pounds. The truth is that despite these useful recommendations, up to 50% of women gain more weight during pregnancy, which can result in specific body image issues later.

Breast volume increases considerably during pregnancy, leading skin to stretch. When baby weight is lost, the breasts can have a less firm appearance.To increase perkiness, the fitness approach involves exercises focusing on the chest, the most common of which are the dumbbell bench presses, pushups, dumbbell flies and the incline dumbbell bench press. When excess skin or lack of volume is an issue, many women are turning to breast augmentations, which involve the use of an implant or an implant plus fat fillers. Dr Berardi of The Plastic Surgeon asserts that ‘mommy makeover’, a series of procedures which are fast gaining popularity. They can involve a number of procedures, including breast surgery, liposuction and body contouring. Sometimes, the solution can be non-surgical, as is the case with laser treatment to tighten skin.

Excess Volume in Stubborn Areas

The abdomen is another area that stretches significantly during pregnancy, also causing excess skin and volume concerns. In addition to performing traditional situps, women should focus on exercises that work on the deep transversus abdominus (TVA) and pelvic floor. Post-baby yoga and Pilates are an excellent way to strengthen the core and back muscles, though around seven weeks after giving birth, women can also begin a light weights based workout as well, supported by cardio help get rid of excess pounds. The surgical alternative is liposuction, an increasingly popular mommy makeover option.

Lost of breast firmness and excess weight in the abdominal area are two big bugbears for many new moms. Ultimately, the choice of how to tackle them is individual, with statistics indicating that some go at it through an exercise-only approach, others enlist the help of a plastic surgeon, and a third group try a combination of both, availing of the many benefits of exercise, which often go beyond the physical.