Min wrote the plastic surgery chapter of her book with “ambivalence” because she worries about women wanting to turn themselves into “Frankenmoms” — those who have gotten so much work done that they look slightly deformed. You know the type: “Their faces are some kind of Picasso-style abstract of huge lips, overarched eyebrows and pinched little noses and cheekbones that have been sculpted by some doctor you’d swear was blind,” writes Min.
So she lays out some of the basics and common risks of popular procedures: regarding nipple reduction, she says women should wait at least a year after breast-feeding their last child. For moms who want liposuction, she warns that recipients might see pesky fat crop up in other parts of the body after surgery. As for Fraxel, a laser treatment for stretch marks, Min acknowledges having had the procedure herself and writes that she saw “immediate improvement.”