WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Rosie O'Donnell recently announced that she had a secret procedure done, and a local surgeon says this is happening more often. More and more women are hiding these procedures from their own spouses.
Our patient who is in her late-40s does not want to be identified. She first had abreast reduction eight years ago. Her husband was not thrilled
"He wasn't a big fan of the surgery that I had the first time," says the patient.
But she still wasn't happy. So the she had more procedures including a tummy tuck, fat transfer and liposuction in several places. She kept them secret from her husband. She had 8 cosmetic procedures overall.
She's able to keep the procedures quiet because she can afford to pay for them herself. She doesn't have to ask for permission from anyone, not even a spouse.
Dr. Emeka Onyewu of Jamachi Plastic Surgery has been in practice for over 16 years, and he says secret surgeries are becoming a trend.
"I'd say in the last 3 or 4 months, I noticed this a lot," adds Dr. Onyewu.
He says it's easier to do these days because of advances in lasers used for body contouring and liposuction.
Dr. Onyewu says, "We are now able to do that procedure in the office under local anesthesia with minimal bruising and sometimes no bruising at all."
He says the patients are very creative in planning the procedures in order to keep them secret from spouses. It's not a sign of marital problems in his clients, they are just looking for self satisfaction.
"I've had patients ask for specific dates when their spouse would be out of town, go on a golf trip or business trip," says Dr. Onyewu.
When asked if her spouse notices she says, "he does, and I work out as well so I can say 'yes, my efforts really panned out', and he's like, 'yeah great keep it up.'"
She says she might pursue several more procedures before she is finished, those will be kept quiet as well.