Saint Peters, MO (Vocus) December 18, 2009
According to a study released last spring from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there has been a 162 percent increase in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures since 1997. About 92% of procedures were undergone by women, with breast augmentation and liposuction being the most popular surgical treatments, and BOTOX® injections leading the way in non-surgical procedures. Dr. Jeffrey Copeland with Copeland Cosmetic Surgery, a practice offering plastic surgery in St. Louis and surrounding areas, says part of this growing trend in cosmetic surgery may involve a particular group of women: new mothers aiming to restore their bodies after the physical rigors of pregnancy have taken their toll. And he offers a procedure that can be specifically designed for them: the Mommy Makeover.
A Mommy Makeover is a procedure designed specifically for the individual mother, incorporating a number of different aesthetic enhancement options, such as liposuction, tummy tuck, breast augmentation surgery, and/or skin rejuvenation treatment. Women who are undergo a Mommy Makeover in St. Louis at Copeland Cosmetic Surgery can choose to combine an array of options like these in order to address specific areas where they feel they need improvement. Dr. Copeland says the changes that come with childbearing doesn’t affect everyone the same way, but they can often be striking. For example, Dr. Copeland says women may experience a significant level of sagginess in the breasts after pregnancy. In these cases, patients can benefit from procedures like breast lift or breast augmentation in St. Louis. A breast lift can tighten the skin of the breast area for a more “perky” appearance, while breast augmentation can add volume to the breasts for a more shapely aesthetic.
With a tummy tuck in St. Louis, Dr. Copeland can address the most visible area of change in a woman’s body – the abdomen. During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles are often pushed apart and the skin that surrounds them is stretched. A tummy tuck is designed to tighten those muscles and redrape the skin of the abdomen for a smoother, more toned look. In a Mommy Makeover procedure, this can be combined with non-surgical skin rejuvenation procedures such as laser skin resurfacing or BOTOX® Cosmetic to decrease the appearance of wrinkling or fatigue.
New moms considering liposuction in St. Louis are those who experience isolated pockets of fat that can appear in a variety of body areas after pregnancy. Liposuction can eliminate excess fat that may prove difficult to get rid of through diet and exercise. And it can serve as an excellent compliment to other aesthetic enhancement procedures that can help women get back their pre-pregnancy figures and start feeling great about the way they look.
Dr. Copeland discusses each patient’s goals with them during an initial consultation, and explains all aspects of procedures that can be used in a Mommy Makeover. At that time, Dr. Copeland says he and the patient can decide which procedures can be beneficial to them, and which may not be necessary, as some aesthetic effects of pregnancy may naturally resolve themselves over time.
All in all, Dr. Copeland says a Mommy Makeover can help new moms not only improve their aesthetic appearance after pregnancy, it can also go a long way in enhancing their self-esteem. He says although moms often have to make a lot of sacrifices, the way they feel about themselves doesn’t have to be one of them.
About Jeffrey Copeland, MD
Dr. Jeffrey Copeland is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Medical Association. He also served as president of the Missouri Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, councilor to the Missouri State Medical Association from the 4th district, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Crisis Nursery. Dr. Copeland has been a practicing plastic surgeon for more than 20 years. He is on the medical staff of all local hospitals in St. Charles County, Missouri as well as some St. Louis County Hospitals.
For more information on the Mommy Makeover or other procedures offered at Copeland Cosmetic Surgery, the practice can be reached at 70 Jungermann Circle, St. Peters, Missouri 63376 – (866) 377-0288. http://www.copelandcosmeticsurgery.com.