- The Washington Times - Monday, April 29, 2013

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released its latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery statistics on Monday, revealing that upper-arm liposuction has seen a 4,378 percent increase since 2000 — a signal that women are paying much more attention to public figures’ “guns.”

The ASPS said in a statement that doctors didn’t blame one single reason for the increase, but it took note of poll data indicating that women “are paying closer attention to the arms of female celebrities,” including Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore. The most-admired arms of all, however, belong to first lady Michelle Obama, the Associated Press reports.

“We are genetically programmed to have different accumulations of fat in different areas, and for some women the arms can be a problem area,” Dr. David Reath, chair of the ASPS Public Education Committee, told the AP.

He reiterated the need for diet and exercise and cautions that the surgery, called brachioplasty, often leaves a visible scar.

And for the seventh year in a row, breast augmentation was the most popular form of cosmetic surgery, with 286,000 operations performed, the AP reports.

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