Plastic surgery on saggy upper arms has jumped

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A spate of news stories last week touted a hot trend in plastic surgery: upper arm lifts to reduce the sag and wag of extra tissue and skin.

The number of arm lifts has skyrocketed over the past 13 years, from just 300 women in 2000 to 15,000 who had the procedure last year, according to a report released last Monday by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The society says the trend is “fueled, in part, by sleeveless fashions for women and more focus on strong-armed celebrities.”

But it’s also due to more people having excess skin on their arms after losing a hundred pounds or more following weight-loss surgery, said Knoxville, Tenn., plastic surgeon Dr. David Reath, in an interview with USA Today.

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