Weight changes, aging and sometimes genetic can bring about saggy upper arms with a high degree of excess skin.
A good diet and exercise program can do much to address the upper arm’s muscle tone quality and improve its condition, but generally diet and exercise are not especially helpful in rectifying the problem of hanging skin and the build up of fatty deposits in this area.
What an Arm Lift Accomplishes
If you are troubled by drooping skin on the underside of your upper arms and you have already tried to diet and exercise the problem away, you may potentially be the type of candidate that could benefit from an arm lift procedure.
An arm lift typically accomplishes the following objectives:
Decreases unwanted fat and skin between the elbow and the armpit
Re-contours your arm, creating smoother skin and a shapelier appearance
Leads to upper arms that are in better proportion with the rest of the body
It should be noted, that in order to accomplish the above objective, some scarring will be apparent on the inside of the arm.
How Does an Arm Lift Procedure Work?
Incisions for the arm lift procedure typically are placed on the inside of the arm or can be made on the back of the arm; this can depend on which method the surgeon prefers. Incisions often continue for the full length of the upper arm from the armpit to the elbow. Some incisions may be shorter depending on the amount of fat and skin to be excised. Liposuction may also be used to reduce the amount of fat present.
Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as the best judgment of your plastic surgeon.
Is an Arm Lift Procedure for me?
In general, candidates for an arm lift include:
Adults with very loose upper arm skin
Adults whose weight does not fluctuate greatly and who are not obese
Individuals without serious medical conditions that increase risks from surgery
Those who do not smoke
If you have excess hanging skin in the arms or in other areas and are interested in a body lift such as a tummy tuck or a buttock lift, schedule a body contouring consultation with a local plastic surgeon today.