While breast implant surgery and Botox injections are still the most common cosmetic procedures in America, the upper arm lift has seen a dramatic increase in populaity, according to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
In 2012, 15,457 women spent $61 million on brachioplasty — or liposuction in the upper arms, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The Times suggests that the trend is on the rise ever since Michelle Obama’s guns stepped into the spotlight.
In a statement, the ASPS said that women ”are paying closer attention to the arms of female celebrities,” and while that the most popular arms of all belong to the first lady, but that Kelly Ripa, Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore’s limbs aren’t too shabby, either.
The upper arm procedure has seen an explosive increase of 4,378% since 2000. Only 300 women opted for the surgery 12 years ago.
“We are genetically programmed to have different accumulations of fat in different areas, and for some women the arms can be a problem area,” said ASPS Public Education Committee chair Dr. David Reath.
“Can’t the ladies just hit the gym for some extra biceps curls?” you may be asking yourself. They absolutely can, but paying for someone to cut you open and pull your skin in different directions is much easier.
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