Think Hollywood's elite are the biggest backers of plastic surgery? Think again

August 17, 2012

Think Hollywood's elite are the biggest backers of plastic surgery? Think again
Think Hollywood's elite are the biggest backers of plastic surgery? Think again

When you think of cosmetic surgery, you might imagine those familiar faces from the red carpet events quietly shuttling themselves into a posh clinic for a little nip and tuck. While there are plenty of stars who go under the knife, the reality is that most people who seek out cosmetic surgery are a bit more down to earth. In fact, middle-class moms are some of the most common clients in plastic surgery offices today; eager to shed their extra baby weight and get back to the body they had before surgery, reports WBTV.com.

Many women may find that even if they start up a rigorous exercise routine after becoming a mother, some pockets of fat around the stomach and thighs simply won't go away. Such was the case of Pamela Maple, 44, who told the news source about her frustrations with her body after having three boys.

"I was always covering my stomach and always had a muffin top," she told the media outlet.

Doctors agree that so-called "mommy makeovers" are on the rise. The trend differs a bit from previous cosmetic surgery trends, as women can choose from a variety of procedures in a combination that suits their needs. Common components of a mommy makeover include breast lifts, breast implants, liposuction or a tummy tuck.

"Look, let's be honest. Women don't want to look like pretty moms, they want to look like pretty women," said one North Carolina-based plastic surgeon.

It's not just moms who are going under the knife, either. More and more men are option for plastic surgery in their older age, as their bodies are prone to changes as well. Dads are less likely to be able to hit the gym when they're helping take care of the children, and men aren't impervious to sagging skin around the face and neck. However, the procedures men seek out differ from their female counterparts.

Judging by statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, dads looking for a makeover may be most concerned about their gut, as liposuction was the most popular procedure for men in 2011. Next came rhinoplasty, followed by eye surgery. Gynecomastia, otherwise known as male breast reduction, is another common plastic surgery sought by men looking to reduce the contours of their chest.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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