Published February 28, 2014

Reasons Why Mummy Makeover Cosmetic Surgery Is On the Rise

Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that mummy makeover procedures have been on an upward trend since 2000. In 2006, approximately 36% or 325,000 breast augmentation, tummy tucks, breast lifts and liposuction procedures were performed on women between the ages of 20 and 39. This represented an increase of over 11% compared to 2005 statistics and Australia has similar statistics to this.

In general, the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) notes that between 2000 and 2006, breast augmentation, breast lifts and tummy lift procedures increased by 55%, 96% and 84% respectively!

The increasing trend in mummy makeover surgeries has gone viral recently partially because of the increased number of articles highlighting these procedures and increased number of celebrities undergoing these procedures.

Statistics released by the ASPS for the year 2013 show that women between the ages of 35 and 50 received 40% of all the mummy makeover procedures. Out of all patients who had mummy makeover procedures, 55.8% had tummy tucks, 47% liposuction and 40% had breast augmentation 40%. So, why has this trend been on the increase?

There are numerous reasons why cosmetic plastic surgery for mummies has been on the increase in recent times. Below are the top 2 reasons why women are increasingly undergoing mummy makeover procedures:

Mummy makeover restoring self-esteem in public

One of the most physically difficult stages in a woman’s life is child-bearing. Child-bearing forces a woman’s body to balloon in weight while her skin expands to compensate the additional girth. After bearing a child, the girth disappears however the extra skin does not, instead it remains on the front part of your abdomen. Child-birth is then followed by breastfeeding. Breastfeeding causes a woman’s breasts to inflate. The breasts then deflate thereby often causing breasts to be out of shape or flat.

Women who have undergone these changes often complain of sagging breasts or reduced breast volume. Such women lose self-esteem and often feel unhappy despite the fact that they had a miracle inside their wombs. These women will often opt for one or several mummy makeover procedures so that they can regain their pride and self-esteem.

Although many critics of cosmetic plastic surgery argue that these procedures are a way of making money, they fail to appreciate the fact that diet and physical exercises cannot fully repair changes such as stretch marks and sagging breasts yet mummy makeover surgeries can re-sculpt women’s bodies back to their initial natural shape. These procedures restore smiles and self-esteem in women by enabling them to un-do the unwanted changes from pregnancy.

Mummy makeover restoring confidence in private

During pregnancy, a majority of women add 10 to 20 kilos. This weight accumulates as fatty tissues in the hips, abdomen, thighs, lower back and flanks. The breasts also increase due to weight gain and in preparation for nursing. As the baby grows in the womb, the abdominal muscles weaken and separate while the abdominal skin stretches to accommodate the extra girth. This results in the breakage of the skin collagen (stretch marks) which in turn causes unwanted marks on the lower abdomen.

These pregnancy-related changes alter a woman’s natural shape or figure to a great extent and many woman are then insecure or even ashamed of their bodies when undressing in front of their partners. However, you can restore or un-do these changes through mummy makeover surgery.

Liposuction will eliminate the fat pockets on your belly and abdomen that were easy to gain but hard to get rid of. A tummy tuck will eliminate the extra skin on your abdomen thus giving you a smooth and lean abdomen that matches you body mass. A breast lift enables you to regain your pre-pregnancy shape.

A mummy makeover restores a woman’s pre-pregnancy natural shape, and leaves them feeling refreshed and looking their best. For these reasons, mummy makeover surgeries have increased over the past few years and this upward trend is expected to continue.

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an internationally renowned Australian trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), International Society (ISAPS) and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is considered a world leader in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the word on these topics.