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Why Does the Latest Birthing 'Trend' Include Plastic Surgeons?

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Did you know that live-streaming deliveries is an up-and-coming birth fad? What about flavored ice chips? Seeding? How about plastic surgeons? Would it ever occur to you to have one present while giving birth via caesarian section?

If you said "yes" to the last one, you're on trend (apparently). Never mind absurd accusations of being "too posh to push," some women are doing something even wilder while giving birth via C-section: They're requesting a plastic surgeon in the delivery room. However, the plastic surgeon neither performs the delivery nor ensures Botox for your newborn's wrinkly forehead. Rather, some women on a quest for that "perfect post C-section scar" are requesting the best doctors be on hand for that particular task.

According to Dr. David Cangello, a New York-based plastic surgeon, there's been a "rapid increase" in women wanting to look out for their bikini bodies in addition to their bitty babies. Cangello says he's already been seeing patients who are hoping to fix the unsightly scars they incurred from C-sections. Now, though, some moms-to-be are trying to get ahead of the game by getting their scars done correctly at the outset.

Plastic surgeons like Cangello can be on hand to ensure that the C-section wound is being properly closed, as "poor results could lead to an invaginated scar."

Another upside to the presence of a plastic surgeon? Two-for-one delivery and liposuction. If you can get a baby delivered, why not get the baby fat out of there, too? While that is certainly an option, Cangello doesn't necessarily recommend the procedure during that time.

"The reason," he says, "is that the abdominal wall changes significantly in the first six months after pregnancy. So it is best to let those changes take place, then assess the need for cosmetic procedures and then perform them. "

Of course this all comes at a cost—one likely to be laughed at by insurance companies. While plenty of women have C-sections—more than 30 percent of women giving birth, in fact, don't do it vaginally—some are unfairly labeled as lazy for doing so. While the characterization is generally unfair and misguided, it would be hard to escape at least a tiny bit of ridicule (and perhaps not a small amount of envy) if you have the means to keep someone on hand to perform a tummy tuck directly after producing an entirely new life.

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