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I'm a San Antonio Mom. Is plastic surgery selfish?

Pregnancy changes, depression, attractiveness, and confidence in women

· Plastic Surgery

Having a baby is one of life's most incredible experiences. In addition to the joys of wrinkly baby feet and that first giggle, bath and step, there are years of fun and excitement to look forward to, and moms eagerly anticipate the changes that motherhood will bring. Unfortunately, many women find that they no longer feel attractive or confident after pregnancy changes their bodies. From stretch marks on the breasts, thighs and stomach, to excess baby weight that proves difficult to lose, the side effects of pregnancy can quickly take a toll on a woman's confidence. In fact, studies have shown that it takes mothers an average of 18 months to feel beautiful again after the birth of a baby.

With so much joy available to mothers, it's unfortunate for women to experience feelings of depression, sadness, hopelessness, low self-esteem or unattractiveness, both postpartum and even years after giving birth. Luckily, there are dozens of innovative and minimally invasive cosmetic surgery procedures designed to help a woman regain her confidence after she's done having children.

How Cosmetic Surgery can Boost Self-Worth

When women are done having children, many of them express an interest in cosmetic surgery to regain a more toned and youthful physical appearance. While watching babies grow up is a wonderful way to spend your time, many women find that they enjoy the period more and feel more comfortable with themselves if they address their self-proclaimed "problem areas" via cosmetic surgery. Some feel that when you feel beautiful again, you're better equipped to be an attentive mother, a loving partner and an active participant in all life has to offer.

"Mommy Makeover", Liposuction, and Other Surgery Options

Often known as a "Mommy Makeover," targeted body contouring combines a breast lift, cellulite treatment and a tummy tuck with other desired procedures to help a woman feel like herself again after her last baby is born. If you're not interested in invasive body surgeries, treatments like Botox, facial fillers or liposuction can be the perfect way to bring back your confidence and help you enjoy everyday life more fully.

While many women feel reticent about the idea of getting cosmetic surgery after having children (often based on concerns that it is "vain" or unneeded), the fact is that the practice is incredibly common. In 2010 alone, nearly 300,000 American women had elective breast augmentations and upwards of 116,000 had an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). In 2013, women accounted for 91 percent of all cosmetic procedures performed in the country. In that same year, the most common surgical procedures included liposuction, facelifts and breast augmentation, while the most common non-surgical procedures included soft tissue fillers and Botox.

With this in mind, it's clear that cosmetic surgery procedures are common among women of childbearing age and that a large number of mothers turn to cosmetic surgery to help them feel beautiful again.

Choosing Post-Baby Cosmetic Surgery

Electing to have cosmetic surgery after the birth of the last child is a fantastic option for many women. Even women who decide not to have surgery while their children are young can enjoy the rejuvenating effects of surgery when their children are a bit older. Regardless of how you gave birth, either vaginally or via a C-section, you're likely a good candidate for "mommy makeovers" and similar procedures as long as you're in good general health.

No matter what your personal goals may be, cosmetic surgery is a fantastic way to feel beautiful, confident, happy and sexy again while also soaking up all the wonder and joy that being a mother has to offer.

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