Arm Lifts Skyrocket Over 4,000 Percent Since 2000

by Alexandra Kilpatrick

Arm Lifts Skyrocket Over 4,000 Percent Since 2000

Thanks in-part to sleeveless fashions and strong-armed celebrities, the arm lift trend among women has jumped a flooring 4,378 percent in a little over a decade, according to new statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

In 2000, only just over 300 women had upper arm lift procedures performed. In an amazing surge of popularity, 2012 saw over 15,000 arm lift treatments.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons President Gregory Evans, M.D., women are paying more attention to the way their arms look in general and looking to multiple options to diminish the appearance of loose skin, from proper diet and exercise to liposuction and now, more than ever before, surgical arm lifts.


The celebrity craze has taken its toll on the number of arm lifts over the past decade, with women paying much closer attention to the strong toned arms of female celebrities from the White House to the red carpet. According to a recent ASPS poll, including statistics about women's admiration of various female celebrities with toned arms, first lady Michelle Obama is at the forefront, closely followed by Jennifer Aniston. Jessica Biel, Demi Moore and Kelly Ripa also make the list.


Arm lifts, or brachioplasty, involve the removal of loose excess skin from the back of the arms. The procedure requires an incision from the elbow to the armpit, generally on the back of the arm, leaving a visible scar.

For many, this scar is preferable to the excessive skin, but ASPS Public Education Committee Chair David Reath, M.D., urges patients to deliberate the pros and cons before undergoing an upper arm lift. He suggests considering the trade off and whether there is enough improvement to be made in the shape of the arm to justify a potentially longer scar.

Reath also stresses the significance of a healthy diet and exercise in maintaining a balanced lifestyle to his patients and others considering upper arm lift procedures but understands that many women can't achieve the look they want on their own. Those who want to tone and tighten but lack the excess skin opt for liposuction treatments rather than brachioplasties.

Reath admits that the arms are a noticeable area and that they can look out of proportion with the rest of the body when excess fat and skin are an issue. For that reason, arm lift procedures are often worth the investment.


This amazing rise in arm lift popularity reveals new trends in women’s health as we mosey on through the 21st century. Our options for cosmetic surgery and inspirations are enormously varied and even more accessible now than they were 12 short years ago. If you are considering joining in on the arm lift craze or would like to speak to a specialist about other surgical desires, please contact our team of representatives today to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon in your area today. Keep an eye on Plastic Surgery Portal for the newest trends in cosmetic surgery and how you can turn your ideas for body modification- big or small- into manageable realities!

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