Arm Lifts Are Hot! Would You Get One?

Many women are inspired by the first lady, some so much that they're going "under the knife" to look like her.

New statistics just released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that upper arm lifts in women have skyrocketed 4,378% in the last decade. The ASPS gives us a look at arm lifts by the numbers:

Procedures in 2012

  • Overall: 15,457 lifts. Up 3% since 2011 and 4,473% since 2000.
  • Women: 15,136 lifts. Up 4,378% since 2000.
  • 98% of arm lift patients were women.
  • Most popular with patients over 40.
  • Average surgeon fee: $3,939.
  • Total spent on arm lifts: $61 million

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Upper arm lifts can include liposuction or a surgical procedure known as brachioplasty, in which loose skin is removed from the back of the arms.

Experts say there's no single reason behind this massive spike in surgeries, but they do credit celebrities from the red carpet to the White House for having an influence. A recent poll conducted on behalf of ASPS found that women want these celeb arms:

1. Michelle Obama

2. Jennifer Aniston

3. Jessica Biel

4. Demi Moore

5. Kelly Ripa

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Some women opt to get arm lifts after weight loss. Natalie Robinson, of Knoxville, Tennessee, lost more than 170 pounds in 36-months. After shedding all the extra pounds, she also wanted to remove the excess skin.

"There was a reminder of that heavier person and you just, you couldn't get rid of it, and it was just something else to worry about," said Robinson.

But Robinson's doctor, David Reath, MD, warns that it's not a surgery that's for everyone.

"It's a trade off. We get rid of the skin, we leave a scar. So, as long as there's enough improvement to be made in the shape of the arm to justify the scar, then it's a great procedure," says Reath.

Robinson said the trade off was worth it to her. She says, "It was well worth the investment. I would do it again."

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