A “mommy makeover” was likely on the Mother’s Day wish list for many new mothers this year, according to the ASPS, which found that 62% of mothers would undergo a procedure if money were not a factor.
Dana Van Gray, 38, who underwent breast augmentation and a tummy tuck a year after having her last child said she felt the need to seize the opportunity and said the positive change in her body improved her attitude.
“I feel good so I can be a better mom to my kids,” Van Gray said.
A “mommy makeover” is not one procedure, but actually a variety of surgeries that help women regain their pre-pregnancy physiques. Breast augmentation helps restore volume to breasts that may have begun to sag after breastfeeding. Meanwhile, a tummy tuck removes excess skin and tissue that may hang around the midsection after childbirth. Also a part of many “mommy makeovers” is a breast lift, which removes sagging breast tissue to restore the breasts to a more youthful position. This procedure may include the placement of breast implants to replace lost volume. The ASPS recommends that new mothers wait six months to a year before undergoing any of these procedures and that they lose weight before surgery.
ASPS President Dr. Phillip Haeck said more and more, the women who are electing these procedures are not older women, but younger mothers like Dana. He attributes this to improving attitudes toward cosmetic surgery and an openness about the desire to change what diet and exercise may fail to.
We encourage you to learn more about the mommy makeover procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tuck and breast lift and to consult with your plastic surgeon about what surgery may help you achieve your aesthetic goals.