A tummy tuck or a workout?

This past Thursday I traveled to St. Louis to speak on a panel about Muslim women and promote the book I Speak for Myself. I was joined by three other panelists including Siti Faizal, Dr. Anjum Hassan and Professor Ahmet Karamustafa of Washington University.

I also had the opportunity to meet Robyn, who is one of our Hijabtrendz readers. It was neat to finally meet in person (and she has two adorable children I might add).

Yesterday I asked the questions about plastic surgery and whether you know of anyone who has had it done. I figured I’d just give my response here so I can be a little bit long-winded. 🙂

I’ve heard of women who have had small procedures done or even things that are non-invasive like Botox. I often wonder if I would ever do that as I get older. I’ve noticed that I’m starting to get some age spots on my face, and plan to visit a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon to see what I can do.

I consider it part of keeping good health and taking care of your appearance. I think it’s superficial only when you have absolutely nothing wrong and you want to tweak things. But it might be a double edge sword. Something you find horrible others may thing is completely normal.

In the past I always said I’d get a tummy tuck after I had kids, but now I’m just exercising to see if I can do it on my own. I’ve seen plenty of women who’ve had kids and still look amazing just from doing hardcore workouts.

But I guess if you’ve been pregnant with sextuplets ala Kate Gosselin you might sing another tune.


This article has 5 comments

  1. Robyn

    I can’t imagine having cosmetic surgery. It seems too scary. I just keep working out, hoping one of these days my tummy will get smaller. I also think that a lot of women, including me, have a hormonal imbalance and this affects that area. So I keep working on my diet, trying to eat more greens and lately I’ve been cutting way back on sugar. Seems to be helping. I think exercising on a regular basis is really helpful. It might not make my tummy go away completely, but I’ll take how good I feel after a workout over a flat tummy. Now, the stretch marks are another thing. I’m looking for that miracle cream lol. :0)
    And I’m so glad we were able to meet. A really nice experience.

  2. Haajra

    I agree, Kasima; ameen!

  3. Mariam

    If I could afford laser treatment for my face, I would do it. I have a badly wrinkled face on the left side from driving in the hot California sun for half my life and a normally wrinked face on the right (passenger) side. Sometimes when people see me, they look away or down so I know it looks odd. I try to think of it as “warrior scars.” When I was growing up, they didn’t know about sunscreen. This is one instance when a burka would have been a good idea.

  4. kasima

    I think we should be contecnt with what Allah has given us at any age. There is beauty at each age. At 20 you look so fresh, at 30 you look so young and at 40 you look mature and content and so on. I just read another article saying in US the average age of women when they start thinking of themselves as old is 29, while for men that age is 58! So I think we are obsessed with women’s look in the West and muslim women should avoid it. We need to look beautyful for ourselves and for our family and often that comes from our inner beauty (satisfaction, gratitude, contentment, less stress). This is a reminder for myself as well, may Allah guide us. 🙂

  5. amira~j

    interesting topic..as much as cosmetic surgery is associated with celebrity most of them time, i still cant help than feel like its such a waste of money but none the less. if i had an oppurtunity i would totally go for a tummy tuck (no kids but had major surgery in africa messed up my tummy). i feel like my confidence sometimes runs away when I am in the middle of beautiful girls who are skinny and no tummy..i shrug and go snak on junk to evade the feelings.

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