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Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Paul Feldman Debunks New Mommy Self-Care Myths
ATLANTA, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Moms-to-be are inundated with
information about preparing for baby, leaving little time to prepare
themselves for how having children can change their own body, and what
to do to restore it.
For many women, diet and exercise alone cannot fully restore their
bodies after childbirth. Dr. Paul Feldman, MD, FACS, FICS of Advanced
Aesthetics, knows how hard this can be for moms. "Women enjoy feeling
confident in their own skin," says Feldman. "We see women who have had
children, who put so much work into their bodies, but still feel
uncomfortable in their own skin. It's because they have conditions
such as excess skin, or sagging -- which can't be treated with
Pregnancy is a beautiful process, but can also be scary for some women
as they watch their bodies quickly transform. "The Mommy Makeover is a
great way to get the body back after having a child," says Feldman.
"After going as far as possible with diet and exercise, this procedure
can assist in treating problem areas that are left, like excess skin
around the navel."
While Mommy Makeovers are becoming more common, there are still many
misconceptions. To help women better understand their options, Dr.
Feldman weighs in on 5 major Mommy Makeover myths:
A mommy makeover always consists of a breast augmentation and a tummy
"Not entirely true," says Feldman. "A mommy makeover typically
addresses these two areas, but is not limited to them. Any makeover
should be highly personalized, and may include a breast reduction or
lift instead of augmentation, or liposuction in addition to, or in
place of, a tummy tuck."
After breastfeeding, augmentation is the only effective way to correct
"False. A breast lift may be a good restorative option as it can aid
in resizing the areola which is often left larger than desired after
childbearing," explains Feldman. "A breast lift may be performed alone
or in combination with a breast augmentation, depending on what the
Diet and exercise can get you back to your original shape, if you
simply work hard enough.
"Not usually, especially if you've had more than one child. Muscle
separation and laxity caused by the swelling of the uterus during
pregnancy require more than diligent physical activity and healthy
eating," says Feldman. "The truth about mommy makeovers is that a
tummy tuck or even a mini-tummy tuck, which targets just the lower
portion of the abdomen, is often necessary to polish off the work that
started in the gym."
Women who have had a c-section or hysterectomy should think twice
about having a tummy tuck, because the procedure will leave additional
"This isn't true," says Feldman, "Women who have had a c-section or
hysterectomy often actually benefit from tummy tuck surgery because
the procedure can minimize scars and smooth excess skin, resulting in
a smoother contour in those areas."
Being dissatisfied with your physique is just part of being a mom, and
the sooner it's accepted the better.
"Completely false. Part of being a mom is taking care of yourself
emotionally and physically," explains Feldman. "If diet and exercise
haven't been enough to restore a mom's body back to where she feels
confident, a Mommy Makeover is an effective way to add to that work."
Moms spend a lot of time caring for others. The right combination
of mommy makeover procedures in addition to good diet and exercise, is
just one way to prioritize self-care, and maintain a healthy, happy
About Advanced Aesthetics, PC: Advanced Aesthetics is one of the most
successful Atlanta-area cosmetic surgery practices, with offices in
four south Atlanta locations: Fayetteville, LaGrange, McDonough, and
Newnan. Advanced Aesthetics and Truffles MediSpa share the building at
One Prestige Park, 874 West Lanier Avenue, Suite 100, Fayetteville, GA
30214. They can be reached by phone at 770-461-4000 or
Media Contact: Dr. Paul Feldman, Advanced Aesthetics, PC,
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