Does cosmetic surgery stop mums bonding with babies?

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Some women use Botox to smooth out lines, but does it lead to a rough time bonding with their babies?

Yes, according to famed British portrait artist Jonathan Yeo, who has produced a series on cosmetic surgery. He says cosmetic procedures such as facelifts and Botox are “homogenising the way we look”.

“There is research showing that babies are not bonding with their mums because babies only have facial reactions to go on and because their faces were not moving in the right direction, or moving at all,” he tells The Times. “What are the unintended long-term consequences of these things that we are doing casually for our own gratification? Aside from the fact it is risky, it is painful, it is expensive, it is often quite obvious you have had it done.”

One study by the University of California in 2011 found mums with fillers and plastic surgery were unable to show their babies a normal emotional response. This not only left the infant upset  or distressed, but also affected their ability to understand the emotions of others because they had none to mimic, reports the Daily Mail.

There are no official figures on cosmetic surgery and Botox in Australia, but it’s widely accepted that both are increasingly popular procedures. The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends avoiding Botox while pregnant or breastfeeding because there have been few studies on the potential health risks.

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Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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