Whilst women were once happy to spend the months following the birth of their babies easing themselves into motherhood, there is now increasing pressure amongst new mothers to snap back into shape as soon as their bump becomes a baby.
In the past, women would resort to sensible dieting and gentle exercise as a means of shifting their baby bulge, but for the women of today, the pressure is on to regain their pre-pregnancy body ASAP. This has led to a growing number of new mothers opting to undergo ‘mummy makeovers’ in order to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies.
Mummy makeovers – which whilst not a specific package, usually consist of a combination of a tummy tuck, breast lift and even liposuction – were initially popular amongst celebrities looking to snap back into shape in time for their next movie premiere. However, the pressure to be the yummiest mummy on the playground has resulted in an increasing number of everyday women now opting for surgery after giving birth.
According to Douglas McGeorge, a consultant plastic surgeon and former president of B.A.A.P.S, ‘we certainly do not recommend that anybody considers cosmetic surgery procedures at the time of childbirth or even shortly after. You need to wait until the tissue on the stomach and breasts shrinks and settles back down before you consider operating on it.’
There were over 43,000 cosmetic surgery procedures carried out in 2012 by members of B.A.A.P.S, and given that only 1 in 3 British plastic surgeons are members of the organisation, the true figure is likely to be closer to 120,000.
However, according to McGeorge, a ‘Mummy Makeover’ could be viewed more as a type of reconstructive surgery since patients are often just looking to go back to the body they had before getting pregnant. ‘If a patient has waited 6-12 months after giving birth and is still keen to proceed with surgery then I think it’s a great way for them to get their confidence back and get results that they wouldn’t get from going to the gym or dieting.’
Loss of fullness and sagging of the breasts after breastfeeding is one of the biggest complaints amongst new mothers, and aside from surgery there are few options for regaining their original condition. For this reason, breast rejuvenation surgery is a great option for mothers left feeling unhappy with the effects of breastfeeding on their bodies.