The famously toned – and frequently bared – arms of First Lady Michelle Obama are sending women in droves to the offices of plastic surgeons demanding that their sagging, flabby arms be remodeled into sculpted treasures.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of women getting upper arms lifts – whether through liposuction or surgery – rose astonishingly from 338 in the year 2000 to more than 15,000 last year, a jump of more than 4,000 percent. And a distinct portion of the increase can be attributed to Michelle.
“Women have probably been affected, in terms the beauty or aesthetics of the arms, as much by our first lady, Michelle Obama, as anyone else,” said Dr. David Reath, an official with the ASPS. “This does get women thinking about, how can I improve my arms, how can I look like the first lady.”
In a survey conducted for the ASPS, 31 percent of women polled said they would most like to have arms like Mrs. Obama. According to the poll, women find Michelle’s arms the best ones on view, followed closely those of Jennifer Aniston. Actresses Jessica Biel and Demi Moore and daytime TV talk show host Kelly Ripa also got votes for their toned arms.