Arm liposuctions up

New statistics show that arm liposuction, or brachioplasty, operations have surged.


Forget breast augmentations and lip injections — the latest plastic surgery trend is about getting arms like Michelle Obama’s.

Last year, 15,457 patients — 98 percent were women — spent a total of $61 million to have liposuction on their arms, otherwise known as brachioplasty. During the surgery,  the doctor makes and incision from the armpit to the elbow to remove excess skin. The number of procedures has risen  4,378 percent since 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which recently released statistics.

The ASPS says there is no single reason for the increase, but did note a poll that women are paying more attention to celebrities’ arms. However, Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Kelly Ripa weren’t the celebs with the most-admired limbs — instead, First Lady Michelle Obama had the most coveted arms.

But before you head in for a consult with your local plastic surgeon, keep in mind what Dr. David Reath, a Tennessee surgeon and chair of the ASPS Public Education Committee, has to say about the procedure.

He notes that brachioplasty often leaves a visible scar. So while women getting the procedure may have more toned arms, others may be able to see how they got them.

Americans spent $11 billion on the cosmetic procedures in 2012. For the seventh year in a row, breast augmentation was the most common cosmetic surgery, with 286,000 operations performed.

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