While images of perfect Hollywood stars might suggest that they are funding the majority of plastic surgery procedures, it is more likely to be the person in your office or book club. Youth is ever fleeting, and it is the less-famous person chasing it in greater numbers than the well-known celebrity.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, middle-class mothers are among the most common patients undergoing cosmetic surgery. Baby weight and pre-pregnancy body image lust are some of the reasons cited by WBTV.com.
Even with exercise, some women are unable to lose the fat from their stomachs and thighs. Pamela Maple, interviewed for the piece, noted that she was frustrated with her inability to rid her stomach of fat after giving birth to three boys—ashamed of her stomach and muffin top.
Doctors acknowledge the rise of “mommy makeovers,” the combination of procedures that are ideal for their body parts to address. The most popular include breast implants, liposuction, breast lifts and tummy tucks. The goal, according to a plastic surgeon, is to look like “pretty women” and not just being the prettiest mother among their peer group.
Men are joining their wives in the plastic surgery chase, as older men are concerned with body changes due to fatherhood—unable to hit the gym—and aging. Liposuction was the most popular plastic surgery treatment among men in 2011, and gynecomastia (breast reduction for men) is gaining popularity among those wanting to shape their chest into a more appealing shape.