U.S. women spent $61 million on plastic surgery for arms like Michele Obama

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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

Arm lift Arm lift
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
Arm lift Arm lift
minimal incision

Arm lift Arm lift
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

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0 responses to “U.S. women spent $61 million on plastic surgery for arms like Michele Obama

  1. Truth be known, in Canada this and similar procedures are deemed cosmetic unless related to a traumatic event such as a car accident. Thus they are not covered by our Medical Plan, and must be paid for. I’m sure there are plenty of ‘plastic’ surgeons operating privately who do this and the other procedures, of course, but they’ll be limited to those who can afford them.

  2. UUUUUN believe able!
    As for me I am doing it the old fashion way of working out, push ups and pushing a broom around working up a sweat.
    As always, thanks to all the bloggers for all the work they do. :o)
    Steve, I feel really happy you are back!

  3. Unfortunately, in our society, we judge women on their “beauty” and men on their “accomplishments” so it should not come as a great surprise when women undergo the knife. For instance–look at the morning show that Matt Lauer is on; here he is, an older man, but all the women on the show are young enough to be his daughters. It gags me to see an old guy, paired with young nubile women, and everyone things this is normal. Where are the women Lauer’s age? Evidently they are deemed to old and ugly to appear with him. Women know instinctually that if they don’t measure up as they age that they may be thrown away. To look on this situation and find fault with women who resort to plastic surgery–they are responding to the queues that our society gives them.

    • “To look on this situation and find fault with women who resort to plastic surgery–they are responding to the queues that our society gives them.”
      Wow. My post must have touched a nerve.
      Not all women of a certain age go under the knife for cosmetic surgery although they have the means to pay for it. In fact, the vast majority of women don’t. We don’t do victimology on FOTM. Please don’t generalize and, in so doing, you’re giving an excuse for vain women who resort to plastic surgery. To go under the knife for Michelle arms is especially egregious because you can tone your arms with diet (reduce the fat) and exercise (arm weights & push-ups).

      • “To look on this situation and find fault with women who resort to plastic surgery–they are responding to the queues that our society gives them.”
        This may be a very good pun, as ‘queues’ in Canada, the UK, Oz Land, NZ, and many other places means what we in the US call ‘lines’, usually of people waiting for something. But people also have lines in their faces, etc. I’ll bet Steve will catch this one and work it!

    • First of all, thank you Dr. Eowyn for this well-researched, carefully presented post on the extreme unhealthy narcissism and selfishness of our society.
      Auntie Lulu, your attempt at a psychological analysis demonstrates what Alexander Pope said, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” The Truth of this matter has been honed in by Dr. Eowyn, hitting the nail on the head. Women who undergo cosmetic plastic surgery that is not necessary, only for the sake of their vanity, reveals the idiotic, unthinking and selfish mentality of society. As for my arms, I had to have seven surgeries on both arms so that my hands and/or arms would function properly. I still experience problems with them. I say that women who go through cosmetic surgery to have arms like the self-proclaimed queen are not only narcissistic, but commit a grave mortal sin, inasmuch as they put themselves in serious jeopardy, in serious risk for the sake of vanity. And to want to emulate this alleged “first lady” is an indictment in and of itself of not only terrible judgment, but a lack of moral integrity, especially in light of the fact that this “first lady” advocates and promotes the killing of little children, little infants in the womb, wherein she does not hesitate to spend the taxpayers’ monies unnecessarily to travel here and there with her family costing us millions of dollars, knowing of our economic demise. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if she had cosmetic plastic surgery.
      And another most serious factor are the risky developments that might occur after surgery, notwithstanding the risk of loss of life during surgery. This includes the possibility of infection as a result of the surgical wounds incurred, which can also be life-threatening and/or limb altering. This issue also contributes to the insanity of having cosmetic surgery on the arm so that one emulates the queen in waiting. I experienced a serious infection about the wound after one of my knee surgeries. I can tell you that it is painful and frightening, requiring my body to fight even more, causing additional hospitalization and physical therapy. Dr. Eowyn set forth the extent of the surgical wounds for this cosmetic surgery and the length of the wound is amazing!
      Auntie Lulu, let me make this very clear to you that Dr. Eowyn has a heart of gold and has a wellful of empathy in her very being. However, how can one express empathy for evil and unnecessary actions as you have done? One must cite the Truth of the matter which is what Dr. Eowyn has done. Again, this gets down to the nitty gritty of calling evil, good (or understandable), and good, evil.
      There is no need to explain the pathetic mindset of plastic surgery for the sake of cosmetic purposes. And Aunti Lulu, you make conclusions about women that are utterly unsubstantiated and are most ludicrous as to the reasons for their arm enhancements. Bottom Line: narcissism, selfishness and vanity = sin. No other explanation will suffice.

  4. I have had enough surgery to last a lifetime!!! Lifting arm weights works wonders for me.

  5. I never imagined people will have plastic surgery to have the arms of a celebrity. This is a bit too much for me that I only had one surgery because I needed it.
    I went to Dr. Jerome Edelstein for tummy tuck in Toronto because I couldn’t see the saggy skin on my abs anymore. But all I asked is to get rid of it not to have someone’s abdomen:)

  6. That is crazy! Why do people get these surgeries when if they just took better care of themselves they would be fine?


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