GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Fifty-year-old Cyndy Edwards is no stranger to the gym. But the mother-of-two never thought getting her pre-baby body back would be so hard.
“I felt that having children would just be a nine month situation and then it would go right back to normal,” Edwards said.
After years of working out and not seeing results, Edwards decided it was time to take action.
“As a mom you’re making sure everything goes well for them so you’re not really focused on yourself,” she explained. “It’s not until they get a little older and they get more independent, then you start to look in the mirror again and you go ‘Who’s that? What happened?'”
“What’s happening when you’re pregnant is your body is producing a lot of estrogen and it’s doing that so you’re ligaments and all the soft tissues can stretch to accommodate not only the baby but the eventual process of giving birth, so everything gets stretched out and softer and sometimes you don’t snap back to what you used to be,” Beth Collins, M.D., a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, explained.
To transform her body, Edwards turned to Dr. Collins for a mommy makeover.
“Usually in a mommy makeover we’re talking about contouring the body in some form of the belly in combination with the breast augmentation,” Dr. Collins explained.
For Edwards, it meant a tummy tuck to remove excess fat and skin and restore weakened muscles, as well as breast implants
“She found her breasts were emptied out from having breast fed her children,” Dr. Collins said. “All we needed to do for her was put some implants in. A lot of times ladies not only will have that shrunken breast but the position of the breast will be too low so you need it lifted. In her it was a little bit more of a simple case.”
It took two months for Edwards to fully recover, but since then she’s never felt better.
“I am amazingly happy that I did this,” Edwards said. “I would do it over again in a minute. I know there’s a lot of women who are like, ‘Should I get this done?’ Absolutely. If it’s a thought in your mind, you should.”
With no regrets, Edwards is ready to face the road ahead.
“Is gravity going to win? Sure. Are you going to age? Absolutely, but we can fight back with a little help,” Edwards remarked.
For her, age is just a number. For more information about Dr. Beth Collins and mommy makeovers, log on to bethcollinsmd.com.