Butt Lift? Out! Arm Lift? In!

The fastest-growing plastic surgery procedure is an arm lift.  What is an arm lift?  It is the removal of excess skin that is often evident after massive weight loss or just as a result of the skin losing elasticity as it ages.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), “In 2012, 15,457 patients, 98% of them women, spent a total of $61 million to have liposuction on their arms, or what’s known as a brachioplasty (a surgery that involves making an incision from the armpit to the elbow, usually along the back of the arm, to remove excess skin),” reports the Los Angeles Times. “The number of procedures was up 4,378% since 2000, when only about 300 women opted for it, the group reported.”

The cost of an arm lift generally runs between $6,000 and $8,000. One downside is that the procedure creates a scar on the upper arm, and going under anesthesia also comes with risks.

The procedure that saw the biggest drop between 2011 and 2012 was butt lifts. Buttock implant procedures dropped 25 percent, while buttock lifts declined 36 percent, according to the report.

And while women remain the major users of cosmetic surgery, men are increasingly becoming more open to it. Men’s percentage of the total is not yet available for 2012, but in 2011, it was 13 percent for cosmetic surgical procedures and 9 percent for minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, or 9 percent overall, according to ASPS data.

Doctors say that men are often motivated to look better to their significant others, or they may be experiencing a difficult life transition, such as a divorce.

Since 1997, men’s cosmetic procedures have increased 106 percent, said Dr. Onelio Garcia, Jr., a plastic surgeon with Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Miami and a spokesman for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The top five cosmetic surgeries for men are liposuction, rhinoplasty (nose jobs), eyelid surgery, gynecomastia (removal of excess breast tissue) and ear reshaping, he said.

It bears repeating by us here at Suddenly Solo that we support you doing whatever you believe will make you happy. Just weigh the risks and the costs (there is no insurance coverage for most cosmetic procedures).  Remember that a gym membership is a lot less costly and can help you both achieve the aesthetic image you want and put you in a social environment.


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