Mommy Makeovers

By: Kimberly Price Email
By: Kimberly Price Email

We've all heard of "Mommy Makeovers" before. Usually, it's a deserving mom who gets a new hairstyle, makeup and outfit.

But, there is an increasing number of women who are taking it much further than that.

They are women who are willing to go under the knife for a new, younger look.

"I was left with sagging breasts, a stomach that hung over my underwear. I was miserable," says 37-year-old Lori Sellers.

Sellers is like many women out there. After having a child, she thought her body would just snap right back in to the body she used to have. But, after gaining 80 pounds during pregnancy, that didn't come so easy.

Sellers was able to shed 60 pounds on her own, but she still wasn't happy with the way she looked.

So, Sellers decided to do what more and more women are doing these days: seeking out a plastic surgeon.

"A lot of the patients come in after body changes from having a child, breast feeding that type of thing, and just want a mommy makeover," says Dr. Gregory F. Bland with the Center for Plastic Surgery in Colorado Springs.

Last year, the number of cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. increased 8 percent, most of them women between the ages of 35 and 50 and many of them post-baby.

Depending on the procedure, cosmetic surgery can be expensive. That's why many doctors' offices are coming up with incentives.

Some offer half off a second procedure, others offer financing since cosmetic surgery is not covered by insurance.

Here's what the most popular plastic surgeries are costing:

Procedure: Cost:
Rinoplasty (Nose) $3,250 - $6,250
Mastopexy (Breast Lift) Average $4,750
Breast Augmentation $5,000 - $6,000
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Average $6,250
Liposuction $1,500 - $6,000
Face Lift $3,750 - $9,750

If you're thinking about going under the knife, there are around 10 doctors in Colorado Springs who do cosmetic surgery.

Make sure you do your research. You want a doctor who is experienced and is a board certified plastic surgeon.
Board certified plastic surgeons have completed the following requirements:
-A degree from an accredited medical school
-Three years of general surgery
-Two-three years of supervised residency in plastic surgery
-Two years of professional practice
-Passed rigorous written and oral exams (only about 70% of physicians who take the test pass it).

Remember, plastic surgery is major surgery, and is not for everyone.

Additional Information:
Find a board-certified plastic surgeon: The American Board of Plastic Surgery

Learn more about plastic surgery procedures: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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