One of the best indicators of someone who is in shape is toned arms. There are people spend hours in the gym and watch what they eat, while others turn to plastic surgery. In fact, new figures published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) revealed that arm lifts have skyrocketed in popularity. How much has this operation grown in popularity over the past 12 years? Approximately 4,380 percent. In 2000, upwards of 300 females underwent the operation, but in 2012, that number soared to 15,000.

This procedure is referred to as brachioplasty and involves removing loose skin from the back of the arm.

“Women are paying more attention to their arms in general and are becoming more aware of options to treat this area,” said ASPS President Dr. Gregory Evans, according to a press release. “For some women, the arms have always been a troublesome area and, along with proper diet and exercise, liposuction can help refine them. Others may opt for a brachioplasty when there is a fair amount of loose skin present with minimal elasticity.”

Physicians speculate that there are various explanations for this increase, including the influence of Hollywood A-listers and the White House, specifically Michelle Obama. A recent study noted that the First Lady’s arms garnered the most admiration, followed by celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Biel and Demi Moore. Morning talk show host Kelly Ripa also received praise for her arms.

Summer is the perfect time to get sculpted arms. If you’re interested in what a brachioplasty can do for your self-confidence, consider contacting a Lebanon, Tennessee, board-certified plastic surgeon. For years, Dr. Lett and his experienced staff have been performing this procedure. They can answer any questions that you have and help you assess whether you are a good candidate for this operation.