May 13, 2013

Diet, exercise, scalpels: Why celebrity mommies have better bodies than you

Just how many celebrity moms get a little abdominal nip-tuck after giving birth? That’s not a rhetorical question. I want to you guess. Go ahead. Give me a percentage. 

No, higher. A higher percentage.

In fact, the next time you see a star on the cover of People or US or OK!, dishing all about the diet and exercise regimen she says she used to get that “body after baby,” know this: There’s a 60 to 70 percent chance that she had extra help. 

Not the pricey-personal-trainer kind of help, either. The knifey kind. 

“For celebrities, their bodies are absolutely their living,” Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Brent Moelleken tells me. “They need to look good on a red carpet or they won’t be relevant anymore. Most celebrities think about having that perfect beach body, and anyone who’s had a baby knows that, many times, things ain’t what they used to be. 

“You can accept that, which is fine, or, if you want to be on the cover of a magazine again, you can do something about it.”

Specifics? Hey, glad you asked. For roughly $15,000, a top-notch doc such as Moelleken will perform a hybrid tummy-tuck, which tightens abdominal muscle lining that was loosened during pregnancy. 

The result, Moelleken says: “I would say the average woman loses 2 inches off of her waist again.”

I certainly have no problem with such surgeries. In fact, if a woman has the means and the motive, I say, go for it. So why am I telling you all this? Because far too many average American women are far too hard on themselves after giving birth, partially because they don’t know any of the above. Instead, stars feed them only half the story, that hot-pink type about DIET! and REGIMEN!--leaving the rest of us to wonder why our own healthy routines aren’t doing the trick.

Scalpels: Mommy’s (secret) little helper.


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    Oh how wrong was my instinct: the article was chanting the miracle of plastic surgery that can do wonders! wonders I tell you.
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