26 October 2011

An increase in the number of women giving birth later in life has had a knock-on effect with regard to the number of mums undergoing cosmetic surgery. Carla Bruni, wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, gave birth to a daughter last week at the age of 43, while actress and model Christie Brinkley had her third child at the age of 44, as did actress Jane Seymour. According to a report by the Daily Mail, former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips gave birth at the age of 47.Figures released by cosmetic surgery specialist The Harley Medical Group show the number of mothers having post-birth operations has soared over the past five years, with a 42 per cent increase in surgery requests from older mums. While the number of tummy tuck operations being carried out rose by 33 per cent in the past five years, breast uplift surgery increased by 46 per cent. Non-surgical treatments such as stretch mark and scar removal (up 28 per cent year-on-year) is also proving popular. Lisa Littehales, lead nurse counsellor at The Harley Medical Group, said: "As pregnancy stretches the skin, many women can be left with stretch marks and the skin around their breasts and stomach can become saggier than it was before. These factors can become more visible in older mothers. "Although in some cases women are able to get their pre-baby body back through diet and exercise, for a lot of women there are areas that are particularly difficult and too stubborn to shift, no matter how much of a healthy lifestyle they may have."