As we reach the end of the decade (ages 29, 39, 49), we often look to make big changes in our lives. A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by a UCLA psychologist and New York University’s Adam Alter, provides insight into the decisions to make dramatic changes as we near the end of the decade. Often, this end of decade assessment can involve pursing cosmetic and plastic surgery. As you near the end of your 20’s and 30’s, mommy makeovers are a common group of procedures to improve the shape of your breast (breast lift, breast implants or augmentation) and abdomen (tummy tuck, liposuction). After pregnancy, the changes to your breast and body can be significant like a loss of breast volume and a tummy that just won’t shrink back to the way it was. With breast implants (breast augmentation) and possibly a breast lift (mastopexy), you can restore the fullness and shape of your breasts. A tummy tuck with liposuction (abdominoplasty) can help you return to a tighter abdomen with definition. If you do find yourself at the “end of decade” decision for cosmetic and plastic surgery, find a board certified plastic surgeon (American Board of Plastic Surgery) to help you navigate the process safely.