What is a ‘Mommy Makeover’ and Why Is It So Popular?

What is the ‘Mommy Makeover’ and Why Is It So Popular?
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In 2015, an estimated 1.9 million women went under the knife in the hopes of becoming a “hot mom." Though the idea of wanting the body of a 21-year-old is nothing new, the “Mommy Makeover” is.

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This new term is derived from the idea that mothers, whether new or veteran, are looking for surgical procedures to revamp and re-tighten their bodies as they once were. Most recently, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi revealed she got her breasts done as part of a little “mommy makeover”.

Though the reality star only opted for this one component, Dr. Andrew Miller, M.D. explains that it can encompass much more. “It's usually a combination of breast lift with possible augmentation, liposuction with possible fat injection to the butt, and a tummy tuck. These are the areas that most women are looking to change,” Miller said.

Before jumping on the surgery table, it’s important to consider a few key factors. “There are a lot of procedures to be done at once. The surgeon has to determine that the patient is a good candidate for each procedure and that she is healthy enough to undergo them,” Miller noted. “The facility that the procedure is performed in has to be in impeccable condition and accredited by the proper organizations because the anesthesia for the case will probably be long. In some cases not all the procedures can be done on the same day and it takes a qualified surgeon to determine these things.”

It’s clear why moms, including Snooki, are eager to go under the knife. While some embrace all that comes after having a baby, others are quite focused on getting their post-baby body back in order. But while the draw is simply looking good, the new makeover craze is popular for other reasons, as well. “Mommy makeover procedures are on the rise because of their significant publication online and in social media,” Dr. Miller explains. “These tools are available to millions of people so women are able to get a good feel of what they want even before they see a surgeon. They see other mothers doing it and they think, ‘Why don't I do something myself?’”

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And don’t expect the procedures to dwindle down, either. “In the future, I expect mommy makeover to continue to increase in frequency, especially with the aging population and fact that people are living longer,” Miller stated.

Does this mean that in a few short years every woman between the ages of 30-50 will be walking the earth, hotter than the 20-somethings that precede them? For egos' sake, let's hope not.