Yes, Michelle Obama’s toned arms are the latest beauty trend. Upper-arm lifts, plastic surgery to look like the First lady, is on the rise, increasing to more than 4,378 percent in the past decade, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ report released on Monday, April 29.
Michelle Obama set a precedent as the original First Lady to bare her toned arms for not one, but both of the President’s Inaugural balls, wearing Jason Wu gowns in 2009 and 2013. And with more fit women over 40 and 50, especially starlets such as Jennifer Aniston and Kelly Ripa showcasing trim upper arms, the surge to emulate the trendsetters have led to trips to the plastic surgeon for upper-arm lifts.
According to the New York Daily News, experts are stating this latest beauty trend stems from dramatic weight loss that leaves sagging skin around the upper-arm area. Brachioplasty or upper-arm lifts trim the hanging skin from the under arm area and in some instances liposuction is warranted to remove additional fat. Patients undergo anesthesia for the procedure and are released the same day.
Upper-arm lifts may be the latest spa and beauty trend, but the plastic surgery has not replaced nose jobs, face-lifts and breast augmentation as the top cosmetic procedures.
Sagging skin after a dramatic weight loss of 80 pounds or more cannot be diminished with exercise alone and as one doctor noted could be somewhat of a disability to those who carry around the excess. However, the plastic surgeons divulged they would discourage an upper-arm lift on someone who is only 20-30 pounds overweight, as the plastic surgery will leave a visible scar from the elbow to the armpit. Most individuals can have toned arms through a healthy diet and exercise.
There are alternatives to achieving First Lady arms with some doctors utilizing infrared or radio frequency devices to tone instead of undergoing plastic surgery with an upper-arm lift. However, for the rest of us who are jumping on the Michelle Obama toned arm beauty trend, head on over to Modell’s and purchase a pair of dumbbells.
Source: New York Daily News
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