I also consider my surgery to be a very serious medical decision. My first pregnancy left me with not one but two hernias and severely separated stomach muscles. If men gave birth and had their bodies go through what pregnancy does to women’s bodies, I am quite sure that the patronizingly named “mommy-makeover” would be completely covered by insurance.
I had a very good previous experience with plastic surgery when I was in my 20’s (breast augmentation) so I knew what I wanted from a plastic surgeon. And I had confidence that I would do the best research I could to find a doctor who was the right fit.
My decision to go to the Dominican Republic was based on a sense of shared aesthetics rather than price: when I look at the work that US surgeons perform, I do not see a high level of expertise with feminine curves or an appreciation of the fact that not all woman think that skinny is the end goal.
I’m a 42 year old professional mother of two beautiful girls. I think there are many ways to be beautiful. This is the way that I chose what is beautiful for me.