The Mommy Makeover
“Mommy Makeovers” are huge right now, and I mean HUGE business. What is a mommy makeover? It’s when you are done having children, and you have either or all of liposuction, breast lift or augmentation, and a tummy tuck with the hopes of getting your pre-baby body back. Remember what that was like? Anyway….I make no judgements. It’s not for me, but more moms are having them done, and younger moms, too. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported a rise in plastic surgery among women of child-bearing age. In 2009, over 325,000 mommy jobs were performed on women ages 20 to 39.
Here’s the deal. It’s not our fault that pregnancies do a number on our bodies. It’s part of having a baby and being a mom, and the more pregnancies you have the more things begin to stretch and fall. Lovely, right? Between nine months of eating, growing, eating, growing, and then some more time spent breastfeeding, things are bound to change. Doctors can fix some of those changes, but you’ll pay for it. Expect to drop $2,000 to $15,000 for a mommy makeover, depending on what you want done, of course, and it will take a good four to six weeks to heal.
So what do you think? Would you do it? What would you have done? A survey released from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows that if cost were not an issue, 62% of moms said that they would consider a “mommy makeover”. 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.
But this is not for everyone. Dr. Tim Treece at Columbus Plastic Surgery tells me you do not want to do anything until at least six months after having your last child, and it is best to wait a year to give your body time to get back to normal, especially if you are breastfeeding.
Here are some more tips from the ASPS if you are considering a “mommy makeover”:
1.) Be specific about your post-baby body goals so that your surgeon can recommend the most appropriate procedures.
2.) To optimize the final outcome, if you are trying to lose weight, do so before undergoing “mommy makeover” procedures
3.) Find a surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery
4.) Ask to see before and after photos of your plastic surgeon’s recent work