03 August 2012

More mothers are turning to surgery to improve their bodies following childbirth, according to figures from America. San Francisco-based surgeon Dr Karen Horton specialises in mummy makeovers - operations that combine a number of procedures such as breast uplift surgery, liposuction, a tummy tuck and breast augmentation.Dr Horton said some women find it difficult to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies, despite going on diets and spending time exercising. She said: "I have experienced firsthand the changes that pregnancy can create in even a physically fit and slender body, and intimately understand both the joy of being blessed with children but at the same time longing for a pre-pregnancy form (or the fullness that came during breast feeding)." Figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons have revealed that women have become increasingly open about seeking surgical assistance, but Dr Horton stressed how vital it is for a patient to fully understand what they're having done and the likely result it will have on their body. "Together, we determine which procedures will achieve the specific objectives she has for her body," Dr Horton said. "Having realistic expectations is important for any patient seeking surgery, and knowing exactly what to expect is vital for surgical success in a mummy makeover."