News | Published June 3, 2013 | Written by Emily Peterson, MD, reconstructive & cosmetic surgery, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Toned arms are current trend in plastic surgery

Is Michelle Obama the reason for the current trend in plastic surgery? Arm lifts have recently become one of the fastest-growing types of plastic surgery, with more than 15,000 women having the procedure in 2012 – an increase of more than 4,000% since 2000, according to a report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

However, experts say that the increase in arm lift surgery is not driven by a desire to have celebrity-like toned arms, but is instead the result of more and more people losing extreme amounts of weight, usually through weight-loss surgery.

Each year, approximately 200,000 Americans undergo a weight-loss procedure, such as gastric bypass surgery. While the surgery can help people lose weight and fat, they are often left with excess skin because it doesn’t revert to its normal shape.

In addition to extreme weight loss, growing older and even heredity can give your upper arms a sagging appearance. Exercise may strengthen and improve the overall muscle tone of the arm, but it cannot correct excess skin that has lost elasticity or weakened underlying tissues and localized fat deposits.

Overall, an arm lift is performed to:

  • Reduce excess skin and fat between the underarm and elbow
  • Reshape your arm to result in smoother skin and contours
  • Result in a more toned and proportionate appearance

To learn more about arm-lift surgery or other surgical or nonsurgical options offered through Mount Nittany Physician Group’s Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery, visit If you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss a potential procedure with me, please call 814.231.7878.