All I Want for My Push Present is…A Mommy Makeover

mellieb on 13 Aug 2010 at 12:00am

Shhh…it’s a well-kept secret: mommies who give birth and, seemingly overnight, have sculpted abs, flat tummies and firm breasts. Sure, diamonds make a great push present– but for the mom who dearly misses her beloved pre-bump cleavage or bikini-rific belly, there’s no substitute for a little nip and tuck.

Pregnancy can cause dramatic changes in the body’s appearance, resulting in excess skin, stretch marks and sagging. Certainly nursing burns calories, but bringing back abs of steel requires more effort. Mommy makeovers are a special treat for new moms –and a way to boost body self-esteem.

High-profile celebrities fueled the trend when they began to emerge from the hospital for their photo opp clutching the swaddled Junior – and rocking incredible, form-fitting outfits. Did they have surgery? Was it all due to good genes?

Heidi Klum Hits the Runway Post-pregnancy

We may never know, but the post-baby bodies of Victoria Beckham and Elizabeth Hurley set enviable new standards for postnatal fitness. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that demand for mommy makeover-related procedures rose by 11 percent between 2005-2006 for women ages 20-39.

The slim-down stakes seem to get higher with each new celeb birth: Heidi Klum hits the runway just weeks after having her fourth child, Gisele poses for a photo shoot six weeks after having her son. And in the mommy makeover hall of fame: Kate Gosselin, who had a tummy tuck on camera after showing off the excess skin she gained after carrying septuplets. [Then again, after eight children, who deserves a tuck more than Kate?]

Each woman has a different idea of what it means to get her pre-baby body back, says Michael Law, MD of Raleigh-Durham, NC. A mommy make over (mom job or mommy tuck) can include a combination of breast lift (with or without implants), tummy tuck, liposuction, and thigh lifts.

Mommy makeovers cost between $10,000 to $50,000, depending on the procedures performed.

Mommy makeover before and after procedure