SOURCE: Karen M. Horton, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.S.C.

August 02, 2012 08:01 ET

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon on Increase in Mommy Makeovers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 2, 2012) - What exactly is a Mommy Makeover? While the specifics of the procedure will vary from mother to mother, the main principle behind the Mommy Makeover is a reclaiming of a woman's sense of self-image. Pregnancy and child-rearing place stress on a woman's body, and though these bodily changes are expected during pregnancy, some women find it very difficult to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies. It can be frustrating for a woman when healthy diets and rigorous exercises fail to return her body to its original shape. Dr. Karen M. Horton, a board-certified San Francisco plastic surgeon, as well as a mother herself, is not only well-acquainted with the struggles a mother goes through with her body, but offers fellow mothers a way to rejuvenate themselves.

There are a spectrum of procedures that can be combined to create a tailored makeover for an individual mother's needs. A Mommy Makeover plan may include breast lift, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, liposuction, and labiaplasty as well as non-surgical aesthetic treatments for the face. Speaking directly to mothers, Dr. Horton, who operates a private practice for plastic surgery in San Francisco, says: "As a mother of twins, a wife and a woman, I can intimately relate to moms seeking rejuvenation of their bodies in a 'Mommy Makeover.' I have experienced firsthand the changes that pregnancy can create in even a physically fit and slender body, and intimately understand both the joy of being blessed with children but at the same time longing for a pre-pregnancy form (or the fullness that came during breast feeding)."

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), major components of the Mommy Makeover -- tummy tucks (up 85%), breast lifts (up 70%), and breast augmentations (up 39%) -- have all been on the rise from 2000 to 2010. The president of ASPS, Dr. Phillip Haeck, says that women's attitudes about cosmetic surgery have changed and that mothers today are not only more open to seeking surgical assistance with their cosmetic goals, but are also seeking that assistance at a younger age.

Dr. Horton's practice is dedicated to bringing meticulous attention to detail, individualized care, and exceptional surgical results in a warm, welcoming environment. Her philosophy is to educate, inform and empower her patients to make the best decisions about their bodies:

"A customized plan is constructed for each patient I meet in consultation. Successfully achieving a woman's goals for her Mommy Makeover is realized through fully understanding the reasons why she is seeking the rejuvenation of her breasts, body or face. Together, we determine which procedures will achieve the specific objectives she has for her body. Having realistic expectations is important for any patient seeking surgery, and knowing exactly what to expect is vital for surgical success in a Mommy Makeover."

About Karen M. Horton, M.D.

Dr. Karen M. Horton is a board-certified plastic surgeon and Reconstructive Microsurgeon focusing on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for women. Trained in the United States and Canada, she also specializes in rejuvenation of the breasts and body for women who have completed child-rearing, known as the Mommy Makeover. She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery among others.

To contact Dr. Karen Horton and her staff, visit the practice's website at or call 415-570-7352. The practice's office is located at 2100 Webster Street, Suite 506, San Francisco, CA 94115.

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