Mommy Makeovers and your age
How does your age affect the decision to have a Mommy Makeover? Is 26 too young? Is 68 too old?
The short answer to both is “no”, not necessarily. If your body is healthy enough to undergo the surgery, then any age beyond the age of consent is actually ok. There are extremes, of course, and if you are at either of these extremes then you won’t get a definitive answer anywhere online – you must talk with your doctor (preferably more than one).
My thanks to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc for putting this information together as well as the reports from which I got the rest of the statistics in this post.
As you can see from this graphic, surgical and non-surgical procedures are undertaken from age 19 until the ’60s and beyond. We can expect this trend to continue and even expand as time goes by.
The smallest age group, as you would expect, is the Under 18 group with only 1.4% of the market. The largest age group s the 35-50 range with slightly over half of all surgeries taking place in this age group.
It should be noted that men also participate and this past year accounted for about 10% of all surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed with right about one million surgeries taking place on men and about nine million taking place on women.
In addition to the typical Mommy Makeover procedures of liposuction, tummy tuck, and breast contouring, there is also a lot of attention being paid to the face. Rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lift, and facelifts account for a large percentage of the total cosmetic surgeries that take place every year.
Nonsurgical procedures are heavily sought after as well and the two most popular are Botulinum Toxin Type A and Laser Hair Removal.
Laser Hair removal speaks for itself, but what is Botulinum Toxin Type A? It’s a toxin that is being used to prevent wrinkles. It is injected into the face and the toxin actually paralyzes facial muscles and prevents wrinkles. Odd as it sounds, Botulinum Toxin has remained the #1 nonsurgical procedure for the past 14 years. Additionally, “Botox in a Bottle” products are becoming more readily available and offer great results.
Last year, the top 5 procedures were:
- Liposuction with 342,494 procedures
- Breast Augmentation with 286,694 procedures
- Eyelid Surgery with 165,714 procedures
- Tummy Tuck with 164,021 procedures
- Nose Surgery / Rhinoplasty with 145,909 procedures.
Breaking down the age ranges and the Top 3 common surgical procedures for each range, we see:
Age 18 and Under
- Ear Surgery: 9,123
- Nose Surgery: 8,935
- Breast Augmentation: 3,351
- Total procedures performed overall: 31,201
- Breast Augmentation: 144,657
- Liposuction: 92,709
- Nose Surgery/Rhinoplasty: 69,803
- Total procedures performed overall: 476,519
- Liposuction: 159,055
- Breast Augmentation: 106,995
- Tummy Tuck: 86,299
- Total procedures performed overall: 685,107
- Liposuction: 75,395
- Eyelid Surgery: 73,979
- Facelift: 70,334
- Total procedures performed overall: 433,517
- Facelift: 38,668
- Eyelid Surgery: 35,736
- Liposuction: 12,330
- Total procedures performed overall: 138,612
A question that arises (to me anyway) is why are there so many breast augmentation in the 18 and under range, especially when the FDA strongly recommends breast augmentation should be restricted to women 18 and older? The statistics below explain the reasoning:
- 30.6% purely cosmetic
- 37.6% Severe asymmetry
- 11.0% Congenital Macromastia (severe underdevelopment)
- 12.6% Tubular breast deformity
- 7.7% Poland’s syndrome (congenital absent breast)
- 0.4% Other
Another question that arises is the complete lack of Mommy Makeover procedures in the above statistics. The reason for this is simply because the components of the Mommy Makeover procedures (liposuction, breast augmentation/lift, Tummy Tuck, etc) are broken down individually so there’s not a real consistent count of total Mommy Makeover procedures.
So we can see from the statistics and the infographic that our original questions of “Is 26 too young” and “Is 68 too old” are answered in no uncertain terms. No, and no.
If you’re considering a Mommy Makeover or other procedure, I hope you understand that your age is not a limiting factor as long as you are otherwise healthy and are, for the most part, done with childbearing.