More women than ever before are choosing to have cosmetic surgeries to rejuvenate their appearance. Reasons may include significant weight loss or post-pregnancy changes that can alter various aspects of a woman’s appearance. Popularity has been growing for a number of these cosmetic procedures, including:
- Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty
- Breast augmentation
- Breast lift, or mastopexy
Many of these surgeries can be done in combination to address multiple areas at once. For example, a tummy tuck and breast lift or augmentation after pregnancy is often referred to as a “mommy makeover.”
In recent years, the “mommy makeover” has grown in popularity, with women looking to reverse some of those changes to the abdominal area and breasts that can occur after pregnancy.
“These surgeries are body contouring procedures, not weight loss procedures,” according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The organization notes that “you may require more procedures if you have more children or large weight fluctuations after your initial surgeries.”
“Every patient has a unique set of concerns and expectations about the areas they would like rejuvenated,” said Kurtis E. Moyer, M.D., chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Carilion Clinic. “It is only through thoughtful and thorough consultation with your board-certified plastic surgeon that a patient can achieve their desired results.”
The Carilion Clinic Cosmetic Center’s team of board-certified plastic surgeons view cosmetic surgery as an intensely important personal decision that patients reach only after researching their options.
“Patients want to be more informed, and having access to information through social media has made it easier for patients to share and learn from each other before deciding on what procedures they are interested in,” said Dr. Moyer.
To help make each patient’s individual journey easier, many cosmetic centers host open houses and presentations. The Carilion Clinic Cosmetic Center is hosting an open house with an informational talk about breast augmentation and life, tummy tuck and liposuction surgical procedures as part of its "Rejuvenate You" series on April 26.
If you are considering cosmetic surgery, schedule a consultation with a prospective board-certified surgeon and visit CarilionCosmetic.com for recommended questions to ask.