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Upper Arm Lift Trend in Plastic Surgery

In this interview, Dr. Widder talks about the growing trend in upper arm lift plastic surgery. Careful consideration should be given to this procedure since there is a visible scar that will remain once the surgery is complete.

Michelle Obama and Jennifer Aniston's arms

Q: According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), upper arm lifts for women have increased by an amazing 4,378 percent over the past 10 years.  What do you make of this current trend in cosmetic surgery?

Yes, our beauty ideals do change.  Many female celebrities are going for more sculpted shapes.  Jennifer Aniston and Kelly Ripa come to mind, and First Lady Michelle Obama has very solid upper arms.  Women see this and it inspires them to go for the same kind of look.  Not everyone manages to work out hard enough to achieve that sculpted look, so we, cosmetic surgeons can help.  The ASPS reported that only 300 U.S. women had upper arm procedures in the year 2000.  That went up to 15,000 in 2012.  It really is a huge change.

Q: Do you have any words of caution to offer for the many women who are following this trend?

Yes, I do.  The upper arm lift is called brachioplasty.  The procedure generally requires sometimes liposuction, or sometimes a surgical procedure during which loose skin is removed from the back of the arms. Liposuction requires only a few small incisions, however, in order to perform brachioplasty, you need to make an incision that extends from the elbow all the way to the armpit.  It leaves a visible scar that won’t go away completely.  When women are watching the fashion models on the runways in their sleeveless fashions and want to achieve a similar look, they should take time to consider this condition of the upper arm lift procedure.  It is a fine decision should a woman choose to do it, but only after the pros and cons are weighed carefully.

Q: Do you think that your being located in the Washington D.C. area indicates you will see more upper arm lifts in your practice because of a “Michelle Obama effect?”

I definitely do expect to continue to see an increase in upper arm lifts.  And yes, there is a bit more awareness of people in the political world in this area, but honestly, Michelle Obama is an international figure who is noted for her style, and the statistics show that this trend is being seen all over.  I like to keep up with the needs of my patients, so I am happy to offer the upper arm lift procedure.  Meanwhile, breast augmentation is also very much an important part of my practice.  The ASPS recently named breast augmentation the top plastic surgery procedure done in 2012.  Of course, I will continue to perform and specialize most of all in the buttock implant surgery because I am the only one in the area who does it.  People have come to trust my work with this procedure and will travel to work with me.

Dr. Shlomo Widder, the “D.C. Butt Doctor,” offers premium services to fit every cosmetic surgery need in Northern Virginia, the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and beyond.  As the only plastic surgery center in the area offering buttock implants, other services include rhinoplasty, facelift, facial implants, otoplasty ear tuck, Botox and facial fillers, cheek, chin, and eyelids surgery, liposuction, breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, gynecomastia surgery, pectoral implants, and calf implants.  Consultations are free of charge.

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