I just recently lost about 45 pounds and I noticed that I have minimal sagging and stretch marks on my arms. I inquired to a plastic surgeon about this and she said because it is minimal and I am so young (20 years old), it would not be worth the scar. Is there any solution to my problem that is not as severe? Would any among Mini Brachioplasty, arm toning with exercise, or laser skin tightening be a good option for me? Any advice would help seeing as I am very insecure about this and would like to handle it now while I am young.
Minimal Incision Brachioplasty
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Start with toning your arms through exercise
The arm lift or Brachioplasty leaves a long scar extending from axilla (armpit) to the elbow. As with any cosmetic surgery it is a trade off: is the scar worth the improvement in contour? For women who have lost a lot of weight and have a lot of hanging skin (bat wings) on their arms, the scar is very worth it. For women who have only a little loose skin the scar would not be worth it. At your age, with only a little loose skin, I think with some exercises to tone up the arms ( think Michelle Obama!) you will probably see quite an improvement and enjoy your new contour.
Sagging arm skin
Good luck with your quest for skinnier arms.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Sincerely, Dr. Katzen
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Sagging arms need arm lift
The best indication for an arm lift, and the most gratifying are those who have lost a lot of weight. The skin is usually flabby and overstretched. It is simple and effective to remove the skin that has been stretched past its capacity. No Liposuction, or other noninvasive modalitiy will help the skin become more firm around the arms. The length and type of the incision will vary depending upon the location and the amount of fat in the arms. The cost will also vary by geographic locale. Most will run anywhere from $3500-$7000. I would advise you to visit with a board certified plastic surgeon to have treatment recommendations specific to your concerns.
You have options
The key point in the decision is the condition of the skin elasticity. If you have minimal laxity, you may do well with liposuction, or perhaps ultrasound assisted liposuction. This will get rid of excess fat, while encouraging the skin envelope to shrink to the smaller form.
A mini-brachioplasty, as I define it is one that places theincision in the axilla (arm pit) at a right angle to the long axis of the arm. A full brachioplasty extends the incision down the upper arm toward the elbow. I usually do lipo in both instances.
The mini will only tighten skin/tissue from elbow to axilla, while not addressing the skin that hangs down.
You have choices, but you must be evaluated, and surgical planning must take into account what you wish to accomplish, and what you are willing to put up with. The full brachioplasty leaves a visible scar, but if you are OK with that, you may be happy with the result.
I have enclosed a link to my old web site for you to see what is possible.
Incision Length Needed for an Arm Lift
Good afternoon. Great questions!
The length of an arm lift (brachioplasty incision) is directly proportional to how much excess sagging skin is present. A good way to think of this is in a similar manner to a tailor or seamstress; if you need your clothes taken, then a seam would need to be open to remove the excess garment. While it is crude comparison, it is pretty accurate. If you have excess sagging skin that runs from the armpit to the elbow, then an incision will need to be that long. If you have small excess skin confined to the upper portion of the arm, then it is reasonable to have an incision confined to just the upper portion of the arm.
The converse holds true, if you had excess skin down the entire length of your arm and you made just a “mini” incision then two things will happen:
- Only a “mini” amount of skin will be removed and you will see a “mini” result; and likely you will not feel it was “Worth” the cost of the surgery.
- A “cinch” stitch or purse-string stitch will be placed via the “mini” incision; and going back to the analogy to a seamstress or tailor, the purse-string stitch will cause a garment to “gather” or bunch up… and the same will happen to your skin… you will see wrinkles and ripples; and, again, you will likely feel it was not “worth” the cost of surgery.
Is the scar “worth” the surgery? That is very difficult question; that only you can answer. The surgery will leave a scar; and arm lift scars are sometimes noticeable. I think you should be prepared and look at ALL types of scars patterns. I have some before and after photos that show patients with all types of scars. I hope that helps and best of luck with your decision.
Minimal Incision Brachioplasty
Treatement option for skin excess
one rule in plastic surgery, more scar is more results.
patient with minimal scar, should expect lesser result.
thats why we reserve those surgeries to minimal deformities.
no scar, with non invasive procedures are rarely effective or cost effective.
so the short scar surgery can be a good compromise
Minimal incision brachioplasty, option?
Brachioplasty scar can be hidden in the armpit
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