Warm weather, prominent celebrities or renewed vigor for weight loss may have sparked the surge of the number of arm lift procedures performed among men and women in 2012. According to 2012 statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 15,457 arm lift procedures were performed last year, seeing an incredible 4, 473 percent increase since 2000. Athens plastic surgeons Drs. Ed Pittman and Piotr Skowronki discuss why the drastic increase in this cosmetic surgery trend.

ASPS conducted a poll asking women which celebrity had the most admirable arms. While popular celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Biel and Demi Moore were among the top answers, it was first lady Michelle Obama who took number one for her sculpted and toned arms. Celebrities are constantly in the public’s view, whether in print or television and have influenced people electing cosmetic body contouring procedures to attain similar celebrity aesthetics. With fashion trends and warmer weather encouraging arm-revealing clothing, some are seeking arm lift (brachioplasty) procedures to restore a more youthful look to their arms.

Weight loss efforts have increased among Americans, and while exercise may improve muscle tone in the body, it cannot correct lax skin, weakened tissue or exercise-resistant fat deposits. Last year, there were over 200,000 Americans that underwent a body contouring procedure such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and arm lift. Fluctuations in weight, substantial weight loss, aging and even heredity can cause skin on the upper arms to droop and sag over time and can only be corrected with surgery. Since the arms are a noticeable part of the body, some patients who choose an arm lift feel self-conscious about the remaining excess fat and skin on the arm because it tends to make them appear out of proportion to the rest of the body.

Arm lift procedures are performed under anesthesia. The incision size is based on the amount and location of excess skin and fat to be removed and can be made on the inside or back of the arm, between the armpit and elbow. Excess skin is removed with or without liposuction to reduce the amount of upper arm fat prior to tightening and reshaping the skin for a smoother, more contoured appearance. While results can be seen almost immediately following an arm lift procedure, patients reveal a new toned and proportionate look and feel to their arms after full recovery.

When deciding on a plastic surgery procedure, Athens plastic surgeons Drs. Ed Pittman and Piotr Skowronki believe it is important to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon to determine the best fit for your needs. If you are interested in learning more about body cosmetic surgery, contact our office at (706) 549-3203 to schedule your consultation today. Be sure to connect with Pittman Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news in plastic surgery.