As discussed in previous posts, body dissatisfaction continues to be an issue for women, often times, throughout their lives. I am particularly concerned with how much pressure is put upon young mothers today, to quickly return to their pre-pregnancy weight and body size, ASAP. It’s highlighted in all the celebrity gossip magazines, showing how rapidly so-and-so lost weight etc. Does this bother you? To top it off, cosmetic surgeons have put together the perfect “fix” for those women who are left with extra pounds and saggy breasts post-baby. It’s called The Mommy Makeover which usually includes breast augmentation, liposuction, and a tummy tuck. This is a clear indicator of the crushing societal pressure directed towards women to be thin.
What I find especially shocking is that this type of surgery is being discussed in a very light, glib way in health blogs and seductively on websites of cosmetic surgeons, almost as if it has become a routine procedure. Ladies, this is major surgery with all its attendant risk factors (MRSA infection, medical misadventure, difficult painful recovery, life-long scar tissue, and adhesions). Not a walk in the park! What is especially disturbing to me is the tummy tuck procedure which cuts clear across the lower belly from hip-to-hip. It’s like being cut in half. As an acupuncturist, I’ve treated my share of abdominal scar tissue and adhesions related to gynecological and GI surgeries. That’s why I feel the need to share my perspective on this issue. Let me explain why the Tummy Tuck is so problematic.
An Acupuncturist’s Perspective on Tummy Tuck Surgery
As an acupuncturist and somatic therapist, I can tell you that the tummy tuck is a nightmare. Why? Because the incision cuts across so many vital meridian pathways that influence your long-term health, structural alignment, and energy systems related to the stomach/spleen meridian, the conception channel, the kidney/bladder, and the liver/gallbladder meridian pathways.
I’ve also experienced two abdominal surgeries myself (C-sections) and the resulting adhesion and structural issues continue to challenge me 34 years later. According to researchers, post surgical adhesions are a “significant source of impaired organ functioning, decreased fertility, bowel obstruction, difficult re-operation, and possibly pain” leading to a billion dollars in health care costs related to bowel obstruction alone.
If you or someone you love is considering major elective surgery, please become informed of the possible long-term health ramifications. Look for future posts on the effect of surgical scars on body systems and structure. The next post in this series will consider body dissatisfaction in the third stage of a woman’s life: menopause.
Have you considered elective cosmetic surgery after having a baby? If you underwent a mommy makeover, what was your experience like? Do you think the mommy makeover plays on the general sense of body dissatisfaction in our culture?