As we age, the skin of the upper arm can become loose and flabby, leading to both self-consciousness and discomfort. Men and women who have achieved significant weight loss (following bariatric surgery, for example) often experience persistent fat along the upper arms, which no amount of cardio exercise or dieting can improve. Fortunately when it comes to achieving firmer arms, brachioplasty, commonly known as an arm lift, can contour and shape the upper arm, leaving patients with the firmer, toned arms they desire.
Based on a patient’s health and anatomy, an arm lift is specialized to each patient’s needs and anatomy. With a standard brachioplasty, the incision is made along the upper portion of the arm. All excess skin and fat are removed together and the skin is simply stitched to create the best contour. While the procedure will leave a scar, patients are usually highly satisfied with the outcome. This arm lift procedure can be tailored to address patients with moderate to severe skin and tissue laxity.
Another option is a limited-incision brachioplasty. This arm lift procedure is sometimes called a ‘Los Angeles Arm lift’ and is best suited for patients who mainly have loose skin with minimal excess tissue. With this approach, the incisions are made in the underarm area only and a portion of skin is removed as to tighten the upper arm skin. This second option will leave less visible scarring. Liposuction can also be used in combination with this procedure to achieve optimal results. This minimally invasive technique is ideal for people who only have small fat deposits where the skin has enough elasticity to shrink back after fat is removed.
If you’re experiencing flabby arms, “bat wings” or excess skin under your arms, brachioplasty is an option to consider. Ultimately, this straightforward procedure yields immediate results, and leaves patients with a firmer, toned look. This may explain its massive popularity: according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), over the past two decades brachioplasty surgery has increased in popularity by more than 900 percent. If you feel brachioplasty may be right for you, or have questions about your options when it comes to body and arm contouring, book a free consultation at my office. Together, we can discuss the best options for achieving a firmer, more toned upper body and find the best solution for you.