A survey released from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) shows that if cost were not an issue, 62 percent of mothers said that they would consider a "mommy makeover" that includes procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and/or breast lift.
According to ASPS statistics, the number of women getting "mommy makeover" procedures is on the rise. Women had nearly 112,000 tummy tucks in 2010, up 85 percent since 2000; 90,000 breast lifts, up 70 percent since 2000; and 296,000 breast augmentations, up 39 percent since 2000.
"In the last decade we've seen women's attitudes about cosmetic surgery change. Today women are not afraid to admit that they love their children, but they wish their bodies looked the way they did before their first pregnancies. And they're not afraid to acknowledge that they may need a little help beyond a healthy diet and exercise," said ASPS President Phillip Haeck, MD.
"In the past we saw a lot of women in their 50s getting these types of procedures. But today we are seeing young mothers in their 30s coming in for procedures such as tummy tucks and breast lifts. They don't want to wait years to reestablish how they used to look. They want their pre-baby bodies back now," said Dr. Haeck.
The promise of getting her body back is what led 38-year-old Dana Van Gray to undergo surgery for a tummy tuck and breast augmentation just one year after having her last child. "I didn't like my stomach. I started noticing a muffin top and I thought - why wait? I'm young, I'm healthy and I want to look good now," Van Gray said.
"More and more patients like Dana are coming in today asking for mommy makeovers, because women now openly talk about having these procedures. It's more accepted than it was ten years ago," said Van Gray's plastic surgeon, Allen Rosen, MD, an ASPS Member Surgeon in Montclair, New Jersey.
"The techniques and the technologies are to the point where we can do these procedures in an outpatient setting in a very safe and effective fashion, minimizing the amount of downtime and pain.
This appeals to our patients," said Dr. Rosen.
Van Gray says that her new and improved body not only enhanced her looks, but also her attitude.
"I feel good so I can be a better mom to my kids," Van Gray said.
If you are considering a "mommy makeover" the ASPS has these tips:
- Wait at least six months to one year after having your last child to undergo "mommy makeover" procedures
- Be specific about your post-baby body goals so that your surgeon can recommend the most appropriate procedures
- To optimize the final outcome, if you are trying to lose weight, do so before undergoing "mommy makeover" procedures
- Find a surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery
- Ask to see before and after photos of your plastic surgeon's recent work
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