Arm Lift Surgery - A Completely New Look after Weight Loss
Brachioplasty is a technique used to reduce the excess sagging skin that droops downward when the arm is extended away from the body. It tightens the underlying supporting tissues that define the shape of the upper arms and sometimes the armpits and upper chest. The skin on the arms is thin and not elastic. There is a wide range of changes in arm contour after significant weight loss. Many patients who have experienced dramatic weight loss have excess skin on their biceps that looks flattened, while others continue to have excess fat. These changes can extend from the side of the chest to the armpits and below the elbows. For this reason, the arms are a popular area for weight loss patients who require specialized correction and technical requirements.
Aging and genetics both play a role in the development of sagging skin. Whatever the cause of your sagging skin, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when considering an arm lift. Ideal candidates for Brachioplasty with skin removal alone have minimal to moderate fat and mostly excess hanging skin. If there is still significant excess fat in the arm, liposuction, and excision of the skin may be required to achieve the desired results.
You may be a good candidate for arm lift surgery if you experience the following:
• With arms whose skin is sagging and loose.
• With aesthetic and/or functional discomfort (difficulty in getting dressed, moving arms).
• Wishing to improve the contour of their arms and to strengthen them.
• And accepting the scarring price, which is often unsightly in this area.
• Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity
• Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
Dr. Rafi Bidros, our board-certified plastic surgeon in Houston, may also recommend liposuction (fat removal) during arm lift surgery to achieve the patient's best result. An arm lift may include a small amount of liposuction, but if the patient requires larger amounts of fat to be removed, a combination of liposuction and arm lift will be a better procedure. Patients should have realistic expectations and be willing to follow all post-operative care and recovery instructions to ensure their best outcome. An arm lift is performed at an accredited surgical facility with the patient typically under general anesthesia. After the surgery is complete, Dr. Bidros will carefully close and bandage all surgical incisions. The incisions for an arm lift vary based on the patient's goals and needs, but the most common incisions are made in the inner arm or the back of the arm for less visible scars.
The results of arm lift surgery are permanent, but the natural aging process will continue and the skin will begin to sag and sag again. Weight fluctuations can also alter the outcome of an arm lift, but a corrective procedure by Dr. Bidros can restore a patient's original results. Visit MyBodyMD and schedule an appointment now or contact us at 832-209-7827 for more details!