Plastic Surgeons Say Women Want Arms Like Michelle Obama’s

This year plastic surgery requests are up for toned triceps like the First Lady's and other female celebrities

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Michelle Obama arrives on stage before addressing the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Sept. 4, 2012.

Though breast augmentation and Botox injections still reign as America’s most popular procedures, plastic surgeons are receiving more requests for a lesser known surgery called brachioplasty, or more commonly known as an upper-arm lift.

According to a new report published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 15,000 patients, 98% of which were women, spent $61 million on arm liposuction in 2012. The procedure, which involves making an incision along the backside of the arm to remove excess skin, has seen an uptick of more than 4,000% since its first offering in 2000 when only 338 patients asked for it. The average cost of the procedure runs about $3,939 and most of the patients in 2012 were females ages 40 to 54.

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While doctors did not directly attribute the rise to any specific reason, the ASPS and the Los Angeles Times point to First Lady Michelle Obama’s widely admired arms as well as other hard-bodied celebrities as a contributing factor. According to the ASPS poll,  31% of women said they’d most like to have arms like FLOTUS, who has a Tumblr dedicated to her coveted pipes, while Jennifer Aniston’s arms came in a close second with 29%. But doctors emphasize that while the procedure is gaining popularity, the upper arm lift is not for everyone,  suggesting women focus on diet and exercise to instead achieve those well-defined biceps and triceps.

This year’s report also notes that a total of 1.6 million patients underwent cosmetic surgeries like face-lifts, liposuction and rhinoplasty, 13 million opted for minimally invasive surgery like Botox injections and 5.6 million went under the knife for reconstructive surgery like tumor removal and scar revisions. But breast implants placed first for the seventh year in a row for most popular surgeries.

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Yes, I hear brachioplasty is up, however breast augmentation and liposuction are still most the most sought procedures in my practice. Ms Obama, the latest in women to emulate, does have well toned arms. I think one might have to work out a little to get those arms, however. Well toned with nice biceps. Lift weights, ladies. Brachioplasty is a helpful surgery for people who have lost a large amount of weight. And yes, it does leave a scar. I still say, stick with being the best YOU possible, and that may mean working out in addition to surgical procedures. Good post!

Dr Rhys Branman
Little Rock Cosmetic Surgery Center


Her arms are awesome. I think some of it is genetic and the other part is working out.

I am curious to know if surgery works long term. For example, if a woman eats poorly and has massive arms, and surgically alters them AND continues to eat nonsense, will her arms not become big and wobbly again.

Just wondering.


In-taking proper nutritional foods; having formal exercise; taking rest and sleep, thinking positively and doing humanitarian activities may be the better answer for multiples of questions on how to become as perfect looking as Michael Obama or else ones impressive looking like her, but not setting up of body parts by surgery or else because the latter kind of doings can harm the body's natural system of normal go creating various physical complications as an ultimate effect of them, as per my observational experience.

  - A.R.Shams's Reflection    


Michelle Obama got her arms and body shape from eating the proper diet, living a healthy life style, working out, and staying in shape. I have seen her on a number of TV shows where she was interviewed. She demonstrated how she can do pushups. She is probably stronger than the average healthy man. 

Getting surgeries, and medical treatment to have formed body parts is not the proper answer. Find a gym, personal trainer, clinical dietitian, consult your physician, and get on to a structured program to get in to shape. This is the proper answer.