After losing weight, many women hide their upper arms and are unwilling to wear sleeveless or short-sleeved shirts. You may feel that your upper arms are too big or that the skin hangs or is too loose. Fortunately, there are several effective techniques used to reduce the size of the upper arms and to get rid of excess skin. The technical name for the arm reduction procedure is called a brachioplasty.
Brachioplasty is often used in conjunction with liposuction to create a more attractive upper arm. For those people considered proper candidates after evaluation, these surgical techniques can be used to contour the arms, giving them a more appealing look. The best candidates are patients that have excessively loose skin in the upper arm or a combination of loose skin and extra fatty tissue making the upper arm seem disproportionate to the rest of the body.
TECHNIQUES FOR ARM LIFT AND ARM REDUCTION
An arm lift is often required after a patient has lost weight in the area and is left with excess hanging skin that is bothersome and has a poor cosmetic appearance. There are two types of incisions commonly used, a simple armpit incision used for patients with minor skin issues or an incision that extends from the armpit to the elbow. Both incisions are hidden well and are in the inside of the arm.
Arm reduction surgery can be performed at any age, provided the patient is in reasonably good health. Anyone who is planning on losing a significant amount of weight may want to postpone surgery until after they reach their weight goal, since weight loss can affect your result. Those who smoke need to quit at least four to six weeks prior to surgery. The best candidates are those who are mature enough to understand the procedure and have realistic expectations about the results.
There are several types of arm reduction procedures. During your consultation we will determine which type of reduction is best suited for you.