Summary:Teen Mom OG star Amber Portwood is in the news these days because she’s unveiling the results of her Mommy Makeover procedure. Now, a mommy makeover isn’t exactly the most famous plastic surgery procedure out there; but it’s well worth knowing because of the excellent results it can generate for patients–especially patients who have been through motherhood.
Looking at Amber Portwood’s Mommy Makeover
There’s almost always a celebrity out there getting plastic surgery. And the reasons are pretty clear, especially for women. Plastic surgery is a way of preserving youth, of ensuring that you remain looking beautiful in a classic, Hollywood-sense. For many people, this can be the difference between getting a job and unemployment. There’s a lot of pressure, on women in Hollywood in particular, to look a certain way.
So maybe it shouldn’t be that surprising that Amber Portwood has recently unveiled her mommy makeover. And, what’s more, she’s drawing some comparisons to Marilyn Monroe in the process. But what, exactly, is a Mommy Makeover, and how does it benefit women such as Teen Mom OG star Amber Portwood?
The Elements of a Mommy Makeover
In order to understand why someone such as the 26-year old Portwood would want a Mommy Makeover, it’s important to understand the procedure. Far from being a simple application of makeup or something, a Mommy Makeover is a combination of several plastic surgery procedures, each of which treat a different aspect of “motherhood.”
Breast Lift: Because motherhood can be particularly stressful on the breasts, many Mommy Makeover procedures will include a breast lift. This procedure is designed to give the breasts a more youthful orientation and perkiness. Breast lift procedures may sometimes be combined with a breast augmentation for full effect.
Tummy Tuck: As many mothers well know, pregnancy and child birth can do a number on your body—especially in the abdomen. The skin gets stretched out, and that can make some patients feel especially self-conscious. A tummy tuck is designed to eliminate that excess skin and make your belly look more youthful again.
Liposuction: Maintaining a trim form is somewhat, well, impossible when you’re a busy mom (to say anything about being a busy person). Even if you could, your body goes through some changes with motherhood, and it has a tendency to store fat; there are just some areas of fat on the body that diet and exercise are not going to be able to mitigate. That’s where liposuction comes in.
Taken all together, it becomes clear that a Mommy Makeover, basically, is designed to help your body look more like it did in the days of yore—in the time before you were a mother.
When Should You Get a Mommy Makeover?
Amber Portwood is 26. That might seem a little young to get a Mommy Makeover. But age doesn’t really matter all that much when it comes to this procedure. Or, perhaps more accurately, the years are not as important as the mileage. In other words, what’s important is the shape of your body.
In most cases, patients seeking a mommy makeover will likely be, well, mothers. No matter what age you give birth, the processes is going to have damaging and predictable impacts on your body. In this way, child bearing is sometimes framed as something that “accelerates” the aging process (mommy makeover, then, is a way of getting those years back).
But what’s also important is what you’re going to do with those years you take back. Now, no one can accurately predict the future all the time. Surprises happen. And the results (and joy) you get from plastic surgery needs to be balanced against all those potential “surprises.”
When it comes to the Mommy Makeover, it’s relatively important that patients be done having children. After all, having more children will diminish the results you got from your procedure and, in some cases, put you right back at square one.
All at Once?
In some cases, it’s best for patients to get their mommy makeover procedure all at once. That’s better than getting a breast lift in New Jersey and a tummy tuck in Florida, for example. By combining all of the procedures, you create a certain amount of efficiency.
In other words, you only have to pay the hospital once (instead of three times). And you only have to endure one recovery period, rather than three. The discomfort of that recovery might be a little more widespread, but you’ll get it all done at once rather than having to take time off of work three times.
In most cases, women get a Mommy Makeover because they want to look and feel young again. It’s hard not to sympathize. Motherhood is a stressful and trying state of being. The least we can do is reward it by trying to turn back the clock a little bit.