Plastic surgery trend: Upper-arm lifts on the rise

Woman with arms raised above headThe arms are the fastest growing area for plastic surgery, according to a report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Upper-arm lifts in the US have jumped a staggering 4,378 per cent in the past decade experts attribute the rise to people wanting to tone up following dramatic weight loss.Also known as brachioplasty, the procedure involves trimming loose skin from saggy underarm areas known to some as bingo wings. It may also incorporate liposuction to remove excess fat. Patients are put to sleep for the procedure, but can sometimes go home on the same day. Dr David Reath, chairman of the public education committee for the society, says some people have so much extra skin that it's "almost a disability". He added: "If somebody's in exercise class and doing the moves, they stop and their underarm area keeps moving. It can be uncomfortable and unsightly. "Arms are kind of 'in' in terms of looking good. The population of people who have had significant weight loss are now getting around to taking care of this. There's always a little bit of a snowball effect as far as people becoming aware." Every year, the society collates data on all ranges of cosmetic surgeries and minimally invasive procedures. Statistics for 2012 showed a modest rise in procedures from the previous year, but a 16 per cent decrease since 2000.