We really are living in the end times.
Eryn Brown reports for the Los Angeles Times, April 29, 2013, that there was something unexpected in the latest cosmetic and resconstructive surgery statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
There were the usual perennial favorites: 286,000 “breast augmentation” or boob implants, and 6.1 million Botox injections. Altogether, in 2012 Americans spent a total of $11 billion on 1.6 million cosmetic (i.e., medically unnecessary) surgeries, including face-lifts, liposuction and rhinoplasty; 13 million minimally invasive procedures such as Botox injections; and 5.6 million reconstructive procedures (including tumor removal and scar revision). For the 7th year in a row, middle-aged Americans (ages 40-54) accounted for the largest portion of the cosmetic procedures: 6.8 million or 48%. And although there’s been an increase in the number of men who got face-lifts, women accounted for a staggering 91% of all cosmetic procedures.
But the ASPS was struck by a less familiar plastic surgery: brachioplasty, a liposuction surgery that involves making an incision from the armpit to the elbow, usually along the back of the arm, to remove excess fat and skin. In 2012, 15,457 patients, 98% of them women (or 15,148 women), spent a total of $61 million to have brachioplasty or arm lift surgery– a 4,378% increase since 2000, when only about 300 women opted for it.
You read it correctly: There’s been a four thousand three hundred and seventy-eight percent increase in arm lift surgery since 2000.
In a statement, the ASPS said that doctors didn’t point to a single reason for the increase, but took note of poll data indicating that women “are paying closer attention to the arms of female celebrities.” And the most-admired arms of all are those of FLPOS Michelle Obama.
Let that piece of information sink into your brain:
Last year, instead of using diet and exercise to tone their arms, as many as 15,148 women underwent a vanity, that is, a medically unnecessary, surgical procedure to get arms like FLPOS. The procedure involves anesthesia and leaves a visible scar on the inside of the upper arms.
Here’s a description of brachioplasty on PlasticSurgery.org:
What happens during arm lift surgery?
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as the best judgment of your plastic surgeon.
Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. If fat is to be reduced during your arm lift, it will be excised or treated with liposuction.
inner arm incision
Depending on your specific conditions, incisions may be more limited. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.
back of arm incision
Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures, or stitches that will be removed within 1-2 weeks following your arm lift.
As I grow older, I am ever more aware of the fragility of life.
My husband has had two heart surgeries in three years. My best friend, FOTM’s joandarc, has had countless surgeries due to her severe hereditary osteoarthritis, including two total knee replacements.
Any surgery that involves general anesthesia carries inherent risks. That there were more than 15 thousand U.S. women last year who, instead of diet-and-exercise, underwent a medically unnecessary surgery so as to have arms like FLPOS speaks to the narcissism and utter superficiality of our culture.
God help us.
H/t Natural News