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your look ● bodyshaping By Dr. Ronald Bergman Wave Goodbye to Flabby Arms Let us clap for an end to arm ﬂap! Y ou have a daydream. You’re standing on stage during the ﬁnal moments of a pageant. It is down to you and one other girl. You’re standing together holding hands, and as they announce the winner, you hear your name called! You’re given ﬂowers and a crown and you begin to wave - arm up, smile bright, ﬁngers together - the proverbial Pageant Wave. Then, the daydream turns into a nightmare as you realize your wave is punctuated by the wobble of your upper arm. Hanging down from your tricep is excess skin and fat that just won’t go away, and now it is ruining your big moment. If this is you, an upper arm lift could help. In the last ﬁf- teen years, the plastic surgery procedure has taken off, with an increase of a shocking 4,959 percent since 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Last year alone, more than 17,000 upper arm lifts were performed. A focus on the well-deﬁned arms of public ﬁgures and celebrities like Michelle Obama, Kelly Ripa, and Demi Moore may be part of the reason for this trend. So, is it time to wave goodbye to those ﬂabby upper arms and join the toned-arm elite? WHAT IS AN UPPER ARM LIFT AND WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE? Often ﬂuctuations in weight, or simply heredity, can cause the upper arm to droop or sag. An upper arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, removes excess skin and elimi- nates unwanted fat in the upper arm region. It tightens and smooths underlying supportive tissue to give a deﬁned ap- pearance. A good candidate for the surgery is someone 68 PAGEANTRY