The American Society of Plastic Surgeons notes that women ages 30-39 made up over one-third of all breast augmentation procedures in 2008. This age group, who selected breast augmentation more than any other age group last year, may point to the popularity of breast enhancement surgery for young mothers looking to restore their pre-pregnancy breasts. (In addition, women ages 40-54 made up 28% of all breast enhancement surgeries in 2008.) Contrary to the common idea of twenty-somethings selecting implants to boost the size of their breasts, it seems that breast augmentation is increasingly a choice of mothers who simply want to regain shape and firmness, rather than change the size of their bust.
Breast enhancement and breast lifts feature quite prominently in the increasingly popular “Mommy Makeover”—a series of procedures often selected by women to regain their pre-pregnancy form. Even women who find that they can restore much of their pre-pregnancy shape through diet and exercise, may find that pectoral exercises can only make mild contributions to the firmness and youthfulness they once associated with their breasts. And since the bust line is one of the most defining features of the woman’s body, it can feel very defeating for a woman to work hard on her shape only to discover that her breasts are permanently altered. Thanks to plastic surgery, such changes do not have to be permanent.
Breast enhancement has been the confidence boost many mothers seek out after giving birth. In a time when women’s lives revolve around their children, it can be a much-needed boost to make a mother feel more like herself again. Of course, it is always important to schedule a consultation with an experienced cosmetic surgeon to discuss breast augmentation options, and possible risks and side effects. Speaking with a board certified plastic surgeon will help any woman weigh the pros and cons of breast enhancement, and decide whether the procedure is a good option for her.