30 April 2013
Michelle Obama and sleeveless dresses coming back into fashion have spawned a gigantic increase in ‘bingo wing’ cosmetic surgery - that is, an upper arm lift to remove excess fat from the tricep area.
In fact, the procedure has become 4,378 per cent more common in females. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 15,000 ‘bingo wings’ operations were performed last year. Although they remain comparably uncommon in the UK, British experts expect it to become more prevalent in the future.
A recent poll conducted for the ASPS found that women are particularly envious of the First Lady’s arms, followed by Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Biel and Demi Moore.
ASPS public education committee chair, Dr David Reath, said: “I think we are always affected by the people that we see consistently, either on the big screen or on TV. We see them and think, ‘Yeah, I’d like to look like that’.”
For women looking to get rid of excess fat on their arms, liposuction is the most effective treatment. However, brachioplasty might be necessary instead if loose skin is the problem.
Former president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Fazel Fatah, said: “With the increase in people trying to lose weight, a lot are left with bingo wings. In summer, more conscious of that as a deformity and want to do something about it.”
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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