Arm Liposuction or Brachioplasty? (photo)
- Asked by fredri223
- 1 year ago
I am a 26 year old, 5'10, 148 lb female. I tend to stay at this weight, fluctuating anywhere between 140 and 150. I may get pregnant in the future. I have a swimmers body and my arms make me look larger than I am. I enjoy lifting weights and cardio, but no matter how toned my arms get or how much weight I lose, the arms are still big. I have good skin, I do not want scars, but I would like to make my arms more attractive. Any suggestions for appropriate procedures for me?
Promoted Local Answer Promoted local answers are based on Featured Doctor activity within your current location.
Liposuction of the Arms Effective in Young Patients
Thank you for your question and photo. Given your age and good skin quality, you are an excellent candidate for Laser or Vaser Liposuction. Both procedures heat up the collagen and skin giving a bit more skin tightening in addition to removing the excess fat. This procedure should work very well without the need for an armlift! Good luck!
Liposuction versus brachioplasty
Not wanting scars and not having loose extra skin makes brachioplasty not a good option for you. While brachioplasty removes extra skin, liposuction removes extra fat under the skin in a specific area. You do not have an unusually large amount of fat at the bottom of your arms, so you will not get a dramatic improvement from liposuction. You will have a noticeable improvement, but not a dramatic improvement.
Liposuction is a great tool for reshaping your body. You are already doing an even better thing for reshaping a body - cardio and weights. You can adjust your workout to reshape your arms. Having a swimmers body must mean you have large latissimus dorsi muscles which contribute to large arms. The latissimus dorsi muscle is the large triangular shaped back muscle which extends into the arm. A well-developed latissimus will also make your arm big. Cut back on the latissimus exercises (pull-ups, chin-ups, rows, lat machines...) for a couple months and see if you notice a difference. Replace the time you spend not working your lats with extra cardio time.
Also cut back on triceps exercises which increase the size of the bottom of the arms. Replace them with more biceps exercises (and cardio) which will develop the top of the arm and pull up the skin on the bottom.
based on your photo, it does not appear you have loose skin. therefore, i would suggest you consider arm lipo. talk to a board certified plastic surgeon to learn more about your options
Arm contouring options
Not wanting scars on your arms makes you a poor candidate for an arm lift/brachioplasty. Rather, I would visit with a board certified PS in your area to learn more about liposuction contouring of your arms. Best wishes.
Web reference: http://www.basuplasticsurgery.com
Liposuction vs Armlift or Both - Many factors to consider
Thanks for submitting you photo. Although an exam would also be required for the best opinion, I would opt for just liposuction and see how things go. As you are young you should have some significant skin retraction which will be helped by wearing an elastic garment postoperatively. You will definitely get significant improvement. If for any reasons you still want further refinement then I would wait until you are through with having children and then seek the opinion of a board certified plastic surgeon.
"Liposuction is a good possibility..."
Dear Fredri223. It is very difficult to answer your question without a thorough and focused examination of your arms. As long as there is not much looseness or many stretch marks on your arms, you should respond well to liposuction only, especially modalities with capacity to tighten the skin as well (i.e. ultrasonic liposuction). If the looseness is minimal, then a small hidden scar in the armpit can also be added in addition to liposuction in order to minimize any possible post-operative laxity. Best Wishes
Arm liposuction or brachioplasty
Arm liposuction or Brachioplasty: based on the photo and your age and weight, it appears that you are a good candidate for liposuction alone of the triceps area. This can often be done in an office setting under sedation with local anesthesia. Usually involves a small incision in the elbow area. I think because you are young, the skin will retract and you will get a nice result. If the skin does get loose down the road, you can always do brachioplasty and you burn no bridges. I hope this helps you!
Liposuction or Arm Lift
Young thin people with good skin and localized lipodystrophy are good candidates for liposuction alone.
Lipo or arm lift.
Thanks for sharing and your photos. I find that younger people tend to do better with liposuction while avoiding a long scar. Best of luck - Dr. Aldo.
Arm Contour Brachioplasty vs Liposuction
Hi, thanks for your post and your picture. Given your height, weight, age, and photo a brachioplasty would not serve you well. The other questions that I have for you are do you work out, how do your arms look when you are closer to 140 vs 150. Do large arms run in the family (mom or dad). Generally, to treat an arm like yours I would employ circumferential liposuction in order to thin out all of the fat compartments in your arm. Given the lack of stretchmarks from the photos, this will allow a circumferential tightening of the skin envelope of your arm. You will have scars from this procedure albeit small ones.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.