Figures released today by a Harley Street (UK-based) cosmetic surgery firm reveal that the number of older mothers seeking post-birth surgery over the past five years has soared.
The older woman has less elastic skin and lower collagen production, meaning that their bodies are less able to bounce back after the rigours of pregnancy and childbirth, the Harley Medical Group says.
Indeed, while the more popular procedures among women in their 40s and 50s were once facelifts and browlifts, this new generation of older mothers is booking to have the rigors of childbirth ironed out of their bodies, with breast lifts, tummy tucks, and stretch mark removal proving the most popular.
Lisa Littehales, lead nurse counsellor at The Harley Medical Group, says, "From 25-years-old onwards we start losing, on average, 1.5% of the collagen from our skin every year, so it naturally becomes saggier and reduces its ability to retain elasticity."
Surgeries such as a tummy tuck (up 33% in the last five years) and breast lift (up 46% in the last five years) can help to tackle these more difficult areas, she adds. "While nonsurgical treatments such as stretch mark and scar removal (which has seen a 28% year-on-year rise) can help to restore the skin to its pre-pregnancy condition."
[Source: The (UK) Daily Mail]