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More U.S. women getting arm plastic surgery

April 29, 2013 at 1:59 AM
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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., April 29 (UPI) -- Fueled by the fashion trend of sleeveless dresses, arm lifts in U.S. women increased more than 4,000 percent in about a decade, plastic surgeons say.

Statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons showed plastic surgeons reported doing 300 arm lifts in 2000, but almost 15,500 arm lifts in 2011. Ninety-eight percent of arm lift procedures were performed on middle-age women.

Dr. Gregory Evans, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said upper arm lifts -- which cost an average of $4,000 -- include liposuction or a surgical procedure known as brachioplasty, in which loose skin is removed from the back of the arm.

A brachioplasty involves an incision from the elbow to underarm, generally on the back of the arm, leaving a visible and permanent scar.

Patients should carefully consider the pros and cons before having an upper arm lift, particularly a brachioplasty, said Dr. David Reath, chairman of the ASPS public education committee.

"It's a trade off," Reath said. "We get rid of the skin, but we leave a scar."

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