Thursday, October 04, 2007

I'll Keep My Stretch Marks, Thanks

From the "Cult of Youth Department:"

DR. DAVID A. STOKER, a plastic surgeon in Marina Del Rey, Calif., has a surgical cure for the ravages of motherhood. He, like many plastic surgeons nationwide, calls it a “mommy makeover.”

Aimed at mothers, it usually involves a trifecta: a breast lift with or without breast implants, a tummy tuck and some liposuction. The procedures are intended to hoist slackened skin as well as reduce stretch marks and pregnancy fat.

“The severe physical trauma of pregnancy, childbirth and breast-feeding can have profound negative effects that cause women to lose their hourglass figures,” he said. His practice, Marina Plastic Surgery Associates, maintains a Web site,, which describes the surgeries required to overhaul a postpregnancy body.

“Twenty years ago, a woman did not think she could do something about it and she covered up with discreet clothing,” Dr. Stoker said. “But now women don’t have to go on feeling self-conscious or resentful about their appearance.”

As if women didn't already live under the constant pressure to be perfect, now she can't even have a baby without worrying about what man will want her with a few stretch marks. Oh, and there's that pesky matter of caring for the baby, too.

I'm tired of people constantly telling women that they must be beautiful--even if it means surgically altering themselves. Why can't women be happy with their bodies? Because there's always a Dr. David Stoker out there telling her she could be prettier.

The scalpel is everywhere; Demi Moore recently admitted how much she spent recreating her body, John Kerry injects botox--even this week's episode of House had a plastic surgeon interrupting his diagnosis of a tumerous patient to tell her he could easily remove that mole on her neck. Not to mention that in order to keep her tumor removing surgery secret from her employer, the plastic surgeon convinces the aspiring NASA pilot to undergo breast augmentation (the surgery will allow them access to the needed area in the lungs), and makes the beautiful crack about how she can fly a plane with Cs as well as Bs.

The changes that a woman's body undergoes during pregnancy are normal. Wrinkles are normal. Breast sag; that's the price you pay for living on a planet with gravity. Life takes a toll on the human body, and it's all normal. Paying thousands of dollars for post-pregnancy liposuction is not.

1 responses:

WorkingDefinition said...

Although I want to shout out "yes" in agreement with you, truth be told, if it can be sold, there will be a market.

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