03 February 2009

For many new mothers, the "mommy makeover" has become the new trend for feeling great after child birth. Around the world, cosmetic surgery designed to reverse the effects of having children is on the rise. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that in 2007 more than 325,000 new mothers in the United States underwent some form of cosmetic surgery.Plastic surgeon Gloria Rockwell told the Ottawa Citizen that she's noticed an increase in the number of women looking to repair their puckering skin, scars from caesarean sections, stretched belly skin and sagging breasts with cosmetic procedures. Rockwell said that much of the focus on post-baby cosmetic surgery stems from attention given to Hollywood stars, which inspires women to work to slim down after giving birth. Rockwell added that since the average woman doesn't have the resources that a Hollywood star does, they're turning to cosmetic surgery procedures like tummy tucks and breast surgery. She also said that she believes the stigma surrounding plastic surgery is fading, and that more women are aware of their options after giving birth. Rockwell said: "They say, typically, 'I just want to look like I did beforehand,' or perhaps [get back] the fullness [in their breasts] that they had when they were pregnant. They want more natural, subtle changes." She added that many of her patients are older, with women who gave birth years ago still searching for the "mommy makeover." Dominique, a patient of Rockwell's, said she considered her mommy makeover to be a gift to herself: "I want to explain that this is not about trying to be superthin. That's not what this was about. It was about regaining myself."