By Sherri Roberts Lopez
Proving to the world that motherhood doesn’t mean your youthful feminine allure has to become a wistful memory of yore, singer Mariah Carey shows off her curvaceously fit physique on the cover of this month’s Shape magazine—just one year after the birth of her twins.
After gaining 70 pounds and enduring such pregnancy challenges as toxemia, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia, Carey credits her workout regime and structured diet plan with helping her shed the stubborn postpartum pounds that melted off more easily in her pre-baby days. Her tough but ultimately rewarding experience compelled her to join forces with the American Heart Association to spread the message, “You can live longer and better if you eat well and move more. I’m hoping people are inspired by my own journey and start taking the right steps toward being healthier.”
While speculation abounds as to whether a tummy tuck might be partially responsible for the singer’s flat, toned abs, she could be among that fortunate group of women who have the right combination of superb skin elasticity and genetics that allow them to regain their youthful, firm abdomens after childbirth.
However, for many—including those who are dedicated fitness enthusiasts—the great stretching force that pregnancy places upon the skin and underlying muscle wall leaves the area with loose skin and weakened abdominal muscles that no amount of dieting or exercise can make firm again.
As Angie, a patient of Dr. Patronella and a former fitness trainer who enjoys participating in marathons and bike races, commented, “As hard as I worked out, that extra skin around the belly button would not go away. I was seeing results everywhere but there.”
During her consultation with Dr. Patronella, Angie—the mother of three grown daughters, including twins— told the surgeon, ‘I have done physically everything I can do. You just need to tweak me here and there to reach the physical result I want to achieve.’”
Electing to have a tummy tuck in conjunction with a breast lift and breast augmentation to rejuvenate her breasts, which had lost shape and firmness through the years, Angie said the physical improvements lifted her up and made her even more confident. It was a step, she noted “I should have taken a long time ago.”