What Do Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day? Survey Says Plastic Surgery

Survey Says Moms want Plastic SurgeryLooking for a unique gift for your mom for Mother’s Day? Plastic surgery may be the perfect present, according to a new survey.

Conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the survey showed that 62 percent of mothers said they would consider a “mommy makeover,” which includes procedures such as a tummy tuckbreast augmentation and/or breast lift, if money were not an issue.

“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 Dr. Phillip Haeck, ASPS President.

Surgeons have also noticed another trend: patients seeking a mommy makeover are younger than a decade ago.

“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, said Dr. Haeck. He said they don’t want to wait years to get their bodies back.

Dr. Allen Rosen, a plastic surgeon, agrees and said because women today talk more openly about cosmetic procedures, plastic surgery is more accepted than it was just ten years ago.

For those considering a mommy makeover, ASPS has some general tips:

  • Wait at least six months to a year after having your last child before undergoing mommy makeover procedures.
  • Be specific about your post-baby body goals so that your plastic surgeon can recommend the best procedures for you.
  • If you are trying to lose weight, do so before undergoing the procedures.

Mommy Makeover Featured on TODAY Show

It can be a struggle for moms to get their bodies back to their pre-pregnancy look, even with diet and exercise. Fatma Rice, mother of a five year old, shared with the TODAY Show how she got her body back with plastic surgery.

Rice had a â??mommy makeover,â? which refers to moms who undergo multiple cosmetic plastic surgery procedures to restore or improve their post-pregnancy bodies.

Before pregnancy Rice was fit and happy with her body. While she was pregnant, she gained about 48 pounds, and even after she lost her pregnancy weight she says her breasts and stomach were saggy. She tried various workout routines to try and get rid of the stubborn fat, but nothing helped. My confidence level went down, she said.

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She chose to get a mommy makeover to get back to what she used to look like and how she used to feel about herself.

Rice had three procedures â?? liposuction, a tummy tuck and a breast lift and appeared on the TODAY Show two weeks after the surgeries to show off the results. I’m ready to start 2011 in a new beautiful body, she said.

Rice’s plastic surgeon, Dr. Loren Schechter, said she was a great candidate for the procedures because she’s healthy and she works out. â??Not everyone is a candidate to combine surgeries, he stressed.

How long should new moms wait before having plastic surgery? We do advise women to wait until the changes associated with pregnancy have resolved. Usually at least six months, if not a bit longer so that swelling from pregnancy can go down, said Dr. Schechter.

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