Women opting for surgery to get arms like Michelle Obama’s

People in the U.S. spent $11 billion on the cosmetic procedures last year.
MCT Regional News
Apr 30, 2013

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released its latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery statistics on Monday.

Many of the trends were familiar. In all, the group reported, Americans underwent 1.6 million cosmetic surgeries, including face-lifts, liposuction and rhinoplasty; 13 million minimally invasive procedures (think Botox injections) and 5.6 million reconstructive procedures (including tumor removal and scar revision). People in the U.S. spent $11 billion on the cosmetic procedures alone.

Once again, for the seventh year in a row, breast augmentation was the most popular form of cosmetic surgery, with 286,000 operations performed. Botox treatments reached an all-time high of 6.1 million injections. People between the ages of 40 and 54 accounted for the largest portion of the cosmetic procedures: 6.8 million, or 48 percent. Ninety-one percent of cosmetic procedures were in women.

But the society chose to highlight one procedure that is less familiar: the upper arm-lift. In 2012, 15,457 patients, 98 percent of them women, spent a total of $61 million to have liposuction on their arms, or what’s known as a brachioplasty (a surgery that involves making an incision from the armpit to the elbow, usually along the back of the arm, to remove excess skin). The number of procedures was up 4,378 percent since 2000, when only about 300 women opted for it, the group reported.

In a statement, the ASPS said that doctors didn’t point to a single reason for the increase, but took note of poll data indicating that women “are paying closer attention to the arms of female celebrities” including Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Kelly Ripa. The most-admired arms of all? Those of first lady Michelle Obama.

Plastic surgeons emphasized that diet and exercise should be a part of a woman’s plan to tone her triceps, but that for many, getting the look they want proves impossible by those methods alone.

“We are genetically programmed to have different accumulations of fat in different areas, and for some women the arms can be a problem area,” said Dr. David Reath, chair of the ASPS Public Education Committee and a surgeon in Knoxville, Tenn.

He cautioned, however, that brachioplasty often leaves a visible scar — presenting a “trade-off” for women.

Two years ago, the industry group said there had been an increase in the number of men who got face-lifts — though women still got the most.

Last year, statistics revealed that the “chinplant” was the fastest-growing cosmetic surgery.

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By Eryn Brown - Los Angeles Times (MCT)

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Comments

cjbell019

I just received my Michelle Obama blow up doll in the mail today. I will keep you people posted on the shape of her arms.

Mime Bloggling

Such a non-story.

luvblues2

Her hair is black as coal
Her lips sweet surprise
Her hands are never cold
She's got Michelle Obama arms

She'll turn the music on you
You won't have to think twice
She's pure as New York snow
She's got Michelle Obama arms

And she'll tease you
She'll unease you
All the better just to please you
She's precocious and she knows just what it takes to make a pro blush
She's got Greta Garbo stand-off sighs
She's got Michelle Obama arms

She'll let you take her home (it whets her appetite)
She'll lay you on the throne
She's got Michelle Obama arms

She'll take a tumble on you
Roll you like you were dice until you come up blue
She's got Michelle Obama arms

She'll expose you when she snows you off your feet with the crumbs she throws you
She's ferocious and she knows just what it takes to make a pro blush
All the boys think she's a spy
She's got Michelle Obama arms

And she'll tease you
She'll unease you
All the better just to please you
She's precocious and she knows just what it takes to make a pro blush
All the boys think she's a spy
She's got Michelle Obama arms

She'll tease you
She'll unease you
Just to please you
She's got Michelle Obama arms

She'll expose you
When she snows you
She knows you
She's got Michelle Obama arms

arnmcrmn

You just ruined a song. Thanks.

luvblues2

If it's that easy to mess things up for you, arnmcrmn, you have bigger problems than me making fun of an attention hogging first lady who thinks she just won an Oscar, Academy Award, and the sexiest ever...

Chill...

luvblues2

And really, that song sucked. I didn't ruin it, it ruined itself.

KnuckleDragger

I bet not money are standing in line to pay for Barack Obama backbones. LOL