Losing weight or an increase in age can cause the skin on the back of the arms to become loose and saggy. This is due to a loss of elasticity in the skin and cannot be cured through toning exercises. If you are suffering from sagging under your upper arms, there is a solution. A medical procedure called brachioplasty, or an arm lift, removes excess skin and tissue to restore the appearance of your upper arms. With this procedure, you can finally feel more confident about your arms again!
What is Brachioplasty?
Brachioplasty fits into the category of body contouring surgery. With significant weight loss, such as after weight loss surgery, the body can be left with extra skin in areas such as the arms, chin, upper thighs, and lower stomach. The only way to return the skin back to normal is through body contouring surgery. Often, a patient will choose to have more than one area of the body targeted in one body contouring surgery. Therefore, brachioplasty is typically performed alongside another reshaping procedure.
How is This Surgery Performed?
This surgery is performed by a cosmetic surgeon. A cut is made on the underside of the arm and the excess skin and fat is removed. The incision is then sewed to allow for a smoother contour. If needed, liposuction can also be performed in the surrounding regions to improve the shape. Typically, the patient is under general anesthesia during this surgery. Recovery will last around 1-2 weeks. The patient can then drive and return to work.
Am I a Good Candidate for Brachioplasty?
Someone who has recently experienced significant weight loss is a good candidate for this procedure. However, brachioplasty should be avoided for those with certain conditions such as:
· Frequent gain and loss of drastic amounts of weight
· Impaired wound healing
· Being a smoker
The skinfolds that occur due to sagging skin can cause discomfort, skin irritation, difficulty washing, and low self-esteem. If you experience any of these effects, brachioplasty could be the ideal surgery for you.
Does Brachioplasty Include Any Risks?
As with any surgical procedure, brachioplasty does have risks involved. The likelihood of these risks depends on your age, weight, and other underlying medical conditions. Side effects could include the following:
· Improper wound healing
· Unbalanced arm tissue
· Damage to nerves, leading to pain or numbness
· Blood clots
In addition, the surgery results could vary slightly from your original expectations. The probability of experiencing these adverse effects is unlikely. With proper surgical technique and aftercare, brachioplasty is often very successful.
This procedure can lead to long lasting results. Removing the loose skin will give your arms a tighter, more toned appearance. With age, skin loses elasticity and can lead to sagging. However, a healthy diet and exercise can help you keep a stable weight and maintain the surgical results for many years after.
Interested in receiving a FREE brachioplasty consultation with a highly qualified cosmetic surgeon? Call Brand Surgical Institute today at (818) 243-9999 to schedule an appointment.