03 August 2011

101468487A cosmetic surgeon in New York City, US, has seen a huge rise in the number of requests from women for so-called ‘mummy makeovers’. The popularity of the mummy makeover – the combination of tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, breast uplift and breast augmentation – is apparently growing among an increasingly younger age group. Where once surgeons performed such procedures on women in their 50s and 60s, Dr Matthew Schulman, assistant professor of plastic surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, says he is seeing more and more women in their 30s and 40s.According to a survey by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 62 per cent of mothers would consider plastic surgery in order to regain their figures and boost their confidence. “I see many more women in their 30s and 40s," says Dr Schulman. “This type of surgery has become much more accepted and mainstream. The weight gain associated with pregnancy, the loosening of the skin and stretch marks, are a major concern for [mothers]. Hormonal changes, especially after a second child, can take their toll on the body. “Breasts deflate, weight settles on the hips, and thighs and stretched stomach muscles won't snap back through exercise.” The combination of procedures involved in the mummy makeover can take up to five hours to complete depending on the extent of the surgery performed.