Brachioplasty

Woman Testing The Flabby Muscle Under Her ArmQuestion:  What plastic surgery procedure has seen a 4,000 percent incline over the last decade?

Answer:  Brachioplasty – or better known as an arm lift.  Brachioplasty tightens up loose or sagging skin under the upper arms. Excess fat might also be removed, sometimes via liposuction.  Basically, an upper arm lift is done to eliminate the excess and return the arm to a normal contour.

Diet, exercise and for some, gastric bypass surgery, are transforming us into better physical shape than ever before and we want to show it off. But for some, areas of excess skin and fat resist all efforts of diet and exercise.   Exercise will tone muscle, but it will not tighten skin.  If you lose a significant amount of weight at any age, your arms can look deflated and saggy. In most cases, your skin has been stretched too far to rebound. Some women even have a genetic predisposition to weight gain in their arms. At younger ages, though, your skin may be tighter if you have bigger arms.

Regardless of why your arms are saggy, the approach used to address the situation depends on your skin’s tightness and the amount of fat present. If you have tight skin, but extra fat, you may only need liposuction. It’s great when this is an option because only a few tiny incisions would be needed.

If you have loose, saggy skin, then a brachioplasty (arm lift) is best for you. It is a more involved procedure, but it is the only way to significantly reduce excess, saggy skin.

One of the major tradeoffs for any body contouring procedure are scars. Liposuction does not create any major visible scars, but arm lifts do. Basically, arm lifts exchange extra skin for scars.

It’s a fair tradeoff if you want a slimmer arm contour, less jiggle, and a better fit into your clothes. The scars usually fade significantly over time, but they do not ever go away completely.  If you’re unhappy with the extra jiggle in your arm, contact Dr. Magassy to schedule your consultation to discuss your questions and concerns.

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