The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released its latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery statistics on Monday and while most of them were familiar, there’s one that they were a little shocked by.
For the seventh year in a row, breast augmentation was the most popular cosmetic surgery, with 286,000 operations performed. Botox treatments reached an all-time high of 6.1 million injections.
In the U.S., people spent $11 billion on the cosmetic procedures.
According to the report, upper-arm lifts have jumped 4,378% in the past decade. In a statement, the ASPS said doctors couldn’t point to one single reason for the increase in upper-arm lifts, but indicated that women “are paying closer attention to the arms of female celebrities” including Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Kelly Ripa and the most-admired arms of Michelle Obama.
“Women are paying more attention to their arms in general and are becoming more aware of options to treat this area,” ASPS president Dr. Gregory Evans said in a society news release. “For some women, the arms have always been a troublesome area and, along with proper diet and exercise, liposuction can help refine them. Others may opt for a brachioplasty when there is a fair amount of loose skin present with minimal elasticity.”
The increase is partly because of weight loss through dieting and exercise. “When people are successful with weight loss, either through surgery or with diet and exercise, they can end up with excess skin on their arms,” ASPS Public Education Committee Chair Dr. David Reath said.
Reath added, “It’s for those who need contouring after losing at least 80 pounds. When you lose the fat, you don’t lose the skin. It just hangs around.” But he cautioned that “the scar is permanent and you have to make enough improvement to justify the scar.”
Upper-arm lifts, known as brachioplasty, involves trimming loose skin from a saggy underarm area by making an incision from the armpit to the elbow, along the back of the arm, to remove excess skin. It may also incorporate liposuction to remove excess fat. Patients are put to sleep for the procedure, but can go home the same day.
The cost of an arm lift generally runs between $6,000 and $8,000.
Arm Lift Surgery Up 4,000 Percent Since 2000
Since 2000, upper arm lift procedures are up 4,378%, according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In 2012, more than 15,000 women had the procedure.
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Obesity, nutrition, exercise and lifestyles are discussed and a mention on the increase in safe and less invasive stomach reduction procedures. Fast weight loss often requires various lifting procedures such as arm lift, breast lift, body lift, tummy-tuck, neck and facelift, buttock lift with or without buttock implants, thigh lift and lower body lifts.
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