Loose upper arm skin is often related to weight loss. Ever been overweight, people more than likely develop heavy upper arms. The skin on the upper arm stretches in order to accommodate the increased volume of the upper arms. After weight loss, skin often fails to tighten, and so it sags. The way to improve such problem is through an arm lift (Brachioplasty).
|Liposuction Plastic Procedure: is this an option?|
Liposuction is not the solution for arm lift if the problem is due to loose skin. Liposuction is a better choice is when there is a lot of fat and the skin is tight. When the skin is loose, an arm lift is usually the best choice.
|Arm lift Plastic Procedure: incisions and Scars|
Scars are the greatest drawback of arm lift plsatic procedure. They will extend from the armpit to the elbow, along the inside of the arm. The arm lift operation exchanges one cosmetic problem (loose skin) for another (scars). In general, those with very loose saggy skin are most likely to find this exchange worthwhile. Those with a small amount of looseness will probably not want the scars.
|During Arm Lift Operation|
Anesthesia: General or sedation.
Location of the Plastic Surgery operation: Office or hospital.
Length of the Plastic surgery: 1-2 hours
Length of stay: Outpatient (home same day).
|After Arm Lift Plastic Operation|
Discomfort: Mild to moderate, expected 2-5 days of prescription pain medication.
Swelling: improves within 14 days.
Bandages: removed in 1-7 days.
Back to work: 3-7 days.
Exercise: May be resumed in 2 weeks.
Final result: about 6 months, after the scars have matured.
|Tips and Traps of Arm Lift|
Arm lift plastic operation involves the exchange of one cosmetic problem (loose skin) for another (scars). If a candidate is unwilling to accept scars, they should not undergo this operation, since no surgeon can predict how the scars will heal on a specific patient.
Arm lift is for loose skin. If the main problem is heavy arms due to excess fat, then liposuction may be a better option.