Nationwide demand for cosmetic enhancements continues to rise according to the most recent statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Body makeover procedures like tummy tucks, breast augmentation and liposuction are at the forefront of high demand plastic surgery, giving momentum to the theory “mommy makeovers” are playing a significant role in the increase.
The term mommy makeover is used to describe a combination of body contouring procedures often elected by women following childbirth. According to Houston plastic surgeon James F. Boyton, MD, who specializes in mommy makeover surgeries, multiple procedures are often performed during the same surgery, making it more time efficient for busy moms.
“In general, patients want one recovery and one healing period away from their kids and this why I think the mommy makeover is so powerful: the procedure strives to improve all of the areas at the same time in one safe surgery with one recovery.”
With popular televisions shows like Desperate Housewives, portraying mothers who seemingly do it all while still maintaining a perfect figure, it’s no surprise that more women are thinking about body contouring procedures. In the past decade, the number of breast augmentations has increased by 39%, breast lifts by 70% and tummy tucks by 85%.
The increased demand for liposuction, breast augmentation and other mommy makeover procedures is great for the plastic surgery industry, but, Boyton cautions patients to be smart when choosing a cosmetic surgeon.
“There are lots of doctors that may claim to do aesthetic plastic surgery. Dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, and even dentists, ENT’s and general surgeons all perform this type of work much to the chagrin of board certified plastic surgeons. The only one that has been formally trained to do this work well, and do safely is the board certified plastic surgeon.”
Source: Houston Chronicle