Loose Arm Skin
Loose upper arm skin is most often related to weight loss. If you were ever overweight, you more than likely developed heavy upper arms. To accommodate the increased volume of the upper arms, your skin stretched. After weight loss, skin often fails to tighten, and so it sags. The only way to improve this problem is through an arm lift, also called brachioplasty. The before and after pictures below show the dramatic improvement that is possible. Read on to learn more.
Is Liposuction an Option?
Not if your problem is due to loose skin. The only time lipo is a better choice is when there is a lot of fat and the skin is tight. When the skin is loose, brachioplasty surgery is usually the best choice.Incisions and Scars in Arm Lift Scars are the greatest drawback of this operation. They will extend from the armpit to the elbow, along the inside of the arm. This 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.
If you have a small amount of extra skin, you may be a candidate for a mini brachioplasty. Below are images of a mini arm lift scar. You may click on any of the incision thumbnails to view a larger image.
If you have a moderate amount or more of extra skin, you need a full arm lift. The incision runs the length of the upper arm, but is positioned on the inner surface to hide it as much as possible. The images below show the scar location
If your extra arm skin extends onto the side of your chest, an extended arm lift can remove arm skin, arm pit skin and chest skin. The images below demonstrate this:
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Arm Lift: During and After Surgery
Anesthesia: General or sedation.
Location of operation: Office or hospital.
Length of surgery: 1-2 hours
Length of stay: Outpatient (home same day).
Discomfort: Mild to moderate. Anticipate 2-5 days of prescription pain medication.
Swelling: Improves over 14 days.
Bruising: Is rare
Bandages: Will be removed in 1-7 days.
Stitches: Will be absorbable. None to remove.
Back to work: 3-7 days.
Exercise: May be resumed in 2 weeks.
Final result: Will be seen after the scars have matured, which will be about six months.
Tips and Traps of Arm Lift
- Realize that this operation involves the exchange of one cosmetic problem (loose skin) for another (scars). If you are unwilling to accept scars, you should not have this operation, as no surgeon can predict how the scars will heal on you.
- Arm lift is for loose skin. If your main problem is heavy arms due to excess fat, then lipo may be a better option.