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Apr 29, 2013 9:47 AM by Marissa Torres

Getting rid of underarm flab

One type of plastic surgery has strong-armed its way into one of the fastest growing surgical enhancements in the past decade.

Credit may go to the first lady of fitness and the toned arms on celebrities like Jennifer Aniston; Madonna; and Beyonce, for an enormous jump in the number of women having plastic surgery to get rid of excess skin on their upper arms.

"Our First Lady Michelle Obama has the greatest arms.."

While the vision of Michelle Obama helped motivate Natalie Robinson. She should take all of the credit for diet and exercise changes that led to an astonishing 170 pound weight loss.

But with the fat gone, she was left with extra skin hanging off her upper arms.

"I would be so happy to look in the mirror and see the smaller me but then to look and see my arms, it just .. it kind of put a damper on my spirits..."

(SOT: 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," says Dr. David Reath with American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of Brachioplasties (surgeries to get rid of excess skin on the upper arms) has sky-rocketed over the past decade more than 4000%.

The Brachioplasty does not tone muscle or replace exercise, and it is not a weight-loss procedure.

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.

"I'm able to wear tank tops out, sundresses to church..."

One of the biggest drawbacks to the arm lift surgery is a large scar. Brachioplasties run about 4,000$.




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