The Checkup: More Women Getting Arm Lipo to Mimic Michelle Obama’s Arms

An arm-lift procedure called brachioplasty is the hottest thing in plastic surgery right now.

• I guess it was only a matter of time. After all, for years women have been undergoing plastic surgery to get bigger boobs, smaller noses and trimmer tummies. Now, new data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows that more and more women are getting liposuction—on their arms. In 2012, more than 15,000 women—up 4,378% since 2000, the Los Angeles Times reports—spent $61 million on a procedure called brachioplasty, which involves incising the back of the arm, cutting from the armpit to the elbow, and removing extra skin and fat. The procedure often leaves ugly scars, but women are flocking to it anyway in hopes that their arms will appear thinner and more toned. Their reason? They want sexy arms like Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and even First Lady Michelle Obama, according to a poll. Oy. Whatever happened to—oh, I don’t know—going to the gym and actually earning it? Read more here.

• You know what would be awesome? Gym clothes you never have to wash but that still don’t stink. We’re one step closer to seeing that dream come true (it’s everybody’s dream, right?), according to Mashable, which reports this week on a New York startup that’s marketing a wool button-down shirt for men that won’t smell, even after being worn for 100 days straight without washing. Can I get that in a wicking tech tank, please? Kthanks. More here.

• Because I’m positive you’ve always wondered (and envied) how celebs like Taylor Swift look so gosh-darn picture perfect when they leave the gym, I give you this: a tutorial for “how to fake Taylor Swift’s post-workout prettiness.” Thanks, New York Mag.

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