Tummy Tuck and Mommy Makeovers Gain Popularity Becoming a mother is a huge sacrifice. Your time, money, priorities and your body, at least for the nine months of pregnancy, are no longer yours. When you get your body back after nine months, and you're un happy with the changes its gone through, you know you're a candidate for a mommy-makeover. Having a mommy-makeover is growing in popularity with more new mothers getting back their pre-pregnancy bodies. Celebrity moms are the ones who started the craze by getting back into top shape in a few months after their delivery. One reason for the increasing popularity is that times have changed. Being a mother today is a lot different than the moms from the "Leave it to Beaver" era. Yes, your kids are priority one, but your life doesn't revolve around them. They are not your sole reason for being. You work hard and play hard, and you want to look good doing it. Of course, just having the choices that advancements in plastic surgery give you mean you don't have to settle for your post-baby body. So, just what are moms doing and why? First of all, the term, "mommy-makeover", refers to several cosmetic procedures, typically a tummy tuck, breast reduction or implants, breast lift and liposuction. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, members have seen an increase of about 12% in mommy-makeover procedures. Multiple pregnancies mean that your stomach has been stretched and shrunk and stretched, and at some point, it doesn't bounce back to normal. All of this stretching compromises the elasticity of the skin. As you age, your abdominal skin further loses elasticity. As a result, the tummy tuck is probably the most popular mommy -makeover procedure. Your surgeon removes excess skin and tightens the abdomi nal muscles, which have also been weakened during pregnancy. But, the stomach is not the only area that grows with baby. The breasts also grow and the skin is stretched. After the birth and nursing, two things happen - your breasts either stay huge or they shrink back to smaller than ever. Post-nursing, they may also lose elasticity and sag a lot. In this case, breast reduction or implants, may be in order. A breast lift often goes along with both of these procedures because the skin has been stretched beyond repait. You may also find it difficult to lose your post -baby fat. Not everyone has a celebrity trainer or chef to make sure they get back to their pre- baby body in a month. Liposuction can 'spot reduce' the fat that gathered while you were eating for two. The stomach, thighs, waist (love handles) and buttocks are areas that fat tends to gather during pregnancy. If you decide to have a mommy-makeover, make sure you do your research. Verify your surgeon's credentials and make sure he is board certified in plastic surgery. Decide which procedures you want and clearly discuss your expectations with your surgeon. Most importantly, give yourself time to recuperate from the birth, because, depending on the extent of your surgeries, you'll be out of commission for a while. You don't want your mommy-makeover to get in the way of being a mother. As a new mother, a mommy-makeover can help you lose the sagging breasts and belly, and regain your dignity after pregnancy. In New Jersey, tummy tuck surgery and advanced lipoabdominoplasty is offered by a board- certified Bergen County plastic surgeon at http://www.parkercenter.net.