Mommy Makeovers: More Smoke than Fire?

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One of the big news stories in the mainstream media about plastic surgery last year was the "mommy makeover" phenomenon.  According to news programs, women were rushing to get their bodies "fixed" following childbirth.  They wanted to restore their bodies to pre-pregnancy form, following the style of celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Christina Aguilera who returned to the public eye with remarkably good-looking bodies quickly after their babies were born.  Some stars looked so good that it started silly rumors about combination c-section/tummy tuck operations.  But was this trend really as marked as reported?

If we look at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons' statistics for the procedures most commonly performed as part of a "Mommy Makeover"--breast lift, breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tuck--it seems unlikely that the phenomenon ever grew very large.

The biggest growth in breast procedures, tummy tuck, and liposuction from 2006-2007 was seen in 20-29 year olds.  Since the average age of mothers at the birth of their first child is over 25 years, and since the portrayal of mommy makeover recipients typically includes two or more children, it seems unlikely that mommy makeovers really accounted for much of the growth.  In fact, among the age groups where we would expect to see most of the mommy makeovers, 30 and up, these procedures were either largely static or declined.  Breast lifts saw a slight decline among 30-39 year olds, while liposuction was static and tummy tucks saw only a slight gain.

You know that the reasons for seeking plastic surgery are personal, not subject to whatever media fad portrayed on the nightly news shows.  We understand this, too, and are dedicated to giving you a personal solution unique to your situation.  We invite you to schedule a plastic surgery consultation with Dr. George Lefkovits at Park Plaza Plastic Surgery today.

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