Psychology of the Mommy Makeover

Chako S. on 7 May 2014 at 12:30pm

Mommy makeover infographic showing the psychology behind why women choose to go under the knife

There's been a lot of talk about post-baby bodies and pop culture and media’s influence on how women should look after the baby, which is often unattainable and unrealistic. With the daily (hourly, even) onslaught of Instagram photos from the Kim Kardashians and Jessica Simpsons of the world, it's hard not to feel pressure to drop weight and tighten up just weeks after giving birth. Dr. Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women & Families, describes this as "the trickledown effect": “[The] most beautiful women [are] getting surgery to look even more beautiful, then having their photographs computer-enhanced, and the rest of us saying, ‘Why don’t I look that good?’”

Dr. Zuckerman continues, “Yes, we all know that pregnancy does change our bodies, but let’s not see this as a disaster that needs to be surgically fixed.”This begs the question: Did the rise of the  mommy makeover come about because of media and resulting societal pressures, or is it just that some women simply want their pre-baby bodies and self confidence back?

To find out the psychology behind women who choose cosmetic surgery after the baby, we surveyed mothers of all age ranges on RealSelf: 99.5% of them had work done after they had a child (or children) and 85% of them have had more than two children. The mommy makeover has a Worth It Rating of 98% from over 2400 reviews.

See the RealSelf Mommy Makeover infographic here. 


Working out doesn't get rid of my stretched-out, saggy stomach from pregnancies or a magical workout to put my boobs back where they belong

Sociologist Dr. Victoria Pitts-Taylor, author of Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture, sees the other side of the surgery coin, “I don’t think we should judge women for wanting to look like they did before they got pregnant [...] Social approval is empowering in our society.” Can we get an amen?

See the RealSelf Mommy Makeover survey results here.

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