Forget tummy tucks and nose jobs — there’s a new hot plastic surgery in town, and this time, it’s all about the arms. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons announced that the number of patients receiving upper arm lifts, have shot up a whopping 4,378% in just over a decade, making it the rising star of the plastic surgery world.
The two different surgeries that make up arm lifts– brachioplasty, for those with loose or excess skin, and liposuction, for those without it — target that “jiggly” fat on the under side of the upper arm between the armpit and the elbow. The later leaves patients with a visible, permanent scar — seen by surgery-goers as a perfectly fine tradeoff.
What’s driving this staggering soar in arm lifts? The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the organization behind these latest numbers, said in a press release that it’s due in no small part to the toned arms of female celebrities — from the First Lady to Jennifer Aniston. ASPS Public Education Committee Chair David Reath, MD, said: “I think we are always affected by the people that we see consistently, either on the big screen or on TV… We see them and think, ‘yeah, I’d like to look like that.’”
But that isn’t the whole story. Reath also pointed to the increase in the number of people losing a lot of weight, particularly through weight loss surgery who are turning to arm lifts to remove the excess skin they gained when they shed pounds.
Many women, especially older women, are genetically blessed with excess fat deposits in their upper arms — something even the best diet and exercise routines can’t change. But with a staggering price tag of at least $5,000, it’s probably worth it to invest in some hand weights before going under the knife.