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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

targeted exercise."

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

tuck.

"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

deflated breasts.

"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

patient wants."

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

scarring.

"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

body.

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

at http://www.plasticsurgerycorner.com.

Media Contact: Dr. Paul Feldman, Advanced Aesthetics, PC,

770-461-4000, http://www.plasticsurgerycorner.com

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