All over America women are getting stronger and healthier. Images of empowered feminine role models have come to dominate the media in ever growing numbers. This trend is clearly evident in the increasing focus women have put on their arms over the last decade. According to statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the number of arm lift (brachioplasty) procedures performed in the United States has skyrocketed from just over 300 in 2010 to almost 16,000 last year, an increase of over 4500%.
“Women are paying more attention to their arms in general and are becoming more aware of options to treat this area,” said ASPS President Gregory Evans, MD. “For some women, the arms have always been a troublesome area and, along with proper diet and exercise, liposuction can help refine them. Others may opt for a brachioplasty when there is a fair amount of loose skin present with minimal elasticity.” While there is no single reason behind the increase, celebrities from the White House to the red carpet may arguably be having an influence. In a poll conducted on behalf of ASPS, it was found that women are paying closer attention to the arms of female celebrities to achieve sculpted results.
Brachioplasty can help tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm by removing localized pockets of fat and excess skin. This gives the arm a smoother, more toned look and can remove hanging skin commonly referred to as “bat wings.” Results are long lasting provided you maintain a stable weight and general level of fitness. It is natural for some firmness to be lost as the body ages, however the majority of the results will be long lasting.
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