If you were asked to name the most popular cosmetic treatments in the United States today, chances are that a surgical arm lift would not even make the list. This is a previously obscure procedure that has rapidly gained popularity among women, in particular, during the last ten years. The most recent statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that over 15000 women underwent an arm lift procedure during 2012. This is an increase of over four thousand percent since the year 2000, when only 300 women across the country had one.
So, what are the reasons behind this surge in popularity? Arm lifts, known medically as brachioplasty, will often involve liposuction and the surgical removal of excess fat from the back of the arms, resulting in a slender, more toned appearance.
The rising trend has probably resulted from a combination of factors, rather than one individual trigger. However, recent fashions have been for tops and dresses that are sleeveless, causing some women to feel self-conscious about the appearance of their arms. Rather than covering them up by wearing a jacket, increasing numbers of women are opting for surgery, enabling them to show off the shape of their arms with pride.
Another notable reason has been reported by a large number of plastic surgeons. During the initial pre-surgery consultation, many of the women requesting arm lifts have cited the First Lady, Michelle Obama, as being their inspiration. Often seen, due to her choice of sleeveless outfits, the toned arms of Michelle Obama have made many women realize that they would like to do something to improve their own arms. Diet and exercise often prove ineffective at removing large volumes of fat from this area of the body.
Before you make your decision about having the arm lift procedure, you should think carefully about the pros and cons. You may be happy with the new shape of your arms, but if excess skin needs to be removed in a brachioplasty procedure, then you will be left with a scar. Liposuction may be a better option if there is not too much excess skin, or if the skin has good elasticity. Discuss the options fully with your chosen surgeon before you agree to undergo any treatment.