The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released its annual report yesterday and, according to the group, elective upper arm surgery is one of the fastest growing plastic surgery trends.
The procedure, called brachioplasty, addresses the phenomenon of so-called ‘bingo wings’ -- that loose, floppy skin that jiggles on your upper arms. Over 15,000 women got an upper arm procedure in 2012, which is an increase of 4,378% since 2000.
The ASPS presented some poll data that gives a hint about why the procedure, which leaves a visible scar from your elbow to your armpit, has become so popular, and of course it involves celebrities. “Celebrities from the White House to the red carpet may be having an influence,” the ASPS reports.
It’s not a shocker that Michelle Obama came in at number one–the First Lady is known for her admirable guns (the kind connected to your shoulder, not the kind the Senate recently refused to restrict, ahem). It’s interesting that four out of five of these celebs -- the exception is the 31-year-old Jessica Biel -- are over the age of 40. But it probably makes sense, since 48% of people opting for cosmetic surgery are between the ages of 40 and 54.