Celebrities have always influenced women’s desire to modify their body and have sparked new trends in cosmetic surgery. The latest to join the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Demi Morre is Michelle Obama, whose arms are the most admired of all. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ (ASPS) latest statistics, more and more women have cosmetic surgery, and most do it to get arms like Michelle Obama’s.
This Monday, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons released its statistics for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and while breast augmentation remains the most popular cosmetic surgery practice, surgeons noticed there was an uptick in the number of brachioplasty or upper-arm liposuction. Surgeons believe that’s because more and more women want to have Michelle Obama’s arms.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the uptick was significant enough to be noticed by surgeons. Since 2000, the number of brachioplasties performed in the United States increased by 4,378 percent, whereas in 2012 there were 15,457 patients spending $61 million for the procedure. Just 13 years ago, in 2000, there were only 300 women that had this kind of liposuction procedure. The causes behind the increase are numerous, but according to poll data, surgeons concluded women “are paying closer attention to the arms of female celebrities” like Jennifer Aniston, Kelly Ripa and Demi Moore. But it is Michelle Obama that has the most admired arms.
“We are genetically programmed to have different accumulations of fat in different areas, and for some women the arms can be a problem area” explains surgeon Dr. David Reath, chair of the ASPS Public Education Committee. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Dr. David Reath explains the increase in upper-arm liposuction “is because we’re seeing an increased number of patients who’ve had a significant weight loss, whether it’s through diet and exercise or weight reduction surgery” and celebrities become the easiest model to follow.
“I think we are always affected by the people that we see consistently, either on the big screen or on TV” Reath adds. “We see them and think, ‘Yeah, I’d like to look like that”. But inspiring more women into having cosmetic surgery is probably not the kind of fad Michelle Obama would have loved to start. But the First Lady has long become a style icon, even if in the beginning there was a lot of scrutiny about her robust body.