How the increase in women having children later on in life has actually resulted in an increase in post baby plastic surgery in an attempts to get back there figures – as they older you are the less elastic your skin is – so more difficult to return to your pre pregnancy body.
- When Carla Bruni gave birth to daughter Giulia last week at the age of 43 she joined a growing band of mothers giving birth later in life.
- women giving birth in their 40s and 50s has trebled in a decade.
- But is this new generation of older mothers driving a boom of a different kind?
- Figures released today by a Harley Street cosmetic surgery firm reveal that the number of older mothers seeking post-birth surgery over the past five years has soared.
- They have seen a 42 per cent increase in requests among elder mothers for surgery to repair the damage done in pregnancy.
- 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
- Indeed, while the more popular procedures among women in their 40s and 50s were once facelifts and brow-lifts, this new generation of older mothers is booking in to have the rigours of childbirth ironed out of their bodies, with breast lifts, tummy tucks and stretch mark removal proving the most popular.
‘From 25 years old onwards we start losing, on average, 1.5 per cent of the collagen from our skin every year, so it naturally becomes saggier and reduces its ability to retain elasticity.This loss of elasticity means that as the body gets older, it is less able to spring back into shape. ‘As pregnancy stretches the skin, many women can be left with stretch marks and the skin around their breasts and stomach can become saggier than it was before. These factors can become more visible in older mothers.’
‘Surgeries such as a tummy tuck (up 33 per cent in the last five years) and breast uplift (up 46 per cent in the last five years), can help to tackle these more difficult areas, while non-surgical treatments such as stretch mark and scar removal (which has seen a 28 per cent year-on-year rise) can help to restore the skin to its pre-pregnancy condition.’
Lisa Littehales, lead nurse counsellor at The Harley Medical Group