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New Plastic Surgery Strong-Arms Its Way to the Top

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One type of plastic surgery has strong-armed its way into one of the fastest growing surgical enhancements in the past decade. And, the highly-fit of Hollywood may be the inspiration.  

Credit may also go to the First Lady of Fitness, Michelle Obama. She is in good company with the toned arms on celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Madonna and Beyonce.

They may be helping the enormous jump in the number of women having plastic surgery to get rid of excess skin on their upper arms.  
 
Dr. David Reath/American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Once you have that extra skin, it's there, and the only way to remove it is to surgically remove it." 
 
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons -- the number of brachioplasties (surgeries to get rid of excess skin on the upper arms) has skyrocketed over the past decade -- more than 4000%.  
 
The brachioplasty does not tone muscle or replace exercise and it is not a weight-loss procedure.  
 
Dr. David Reath: "What we as plastic surgeons are doing is primarily dealing with the after-effects of weight loss." 
 
Doctors cannot pinpoint a reason for the dramatic rise in brachioplasties -- though a poll conducted for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons finds women are paying close attention to the arms of female celebs.  
 
One of the biggest drawbacks to the arm lift surgery is a large scar.  Brachioplasties run about $4,000. 
 

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