Would a Mini Arm Tuck Help Me? (photo)

I really wanted lipo on my arms but I have stretch marks even though I was never overweight. The doc said my skin is too soft and won't do it but I want to do something. Is there a non-surgical skin tightening option that would work well, or would a mini arm tuck be better? I am young but i have a few spots where my skin just doesn't hold together. I am a performer and want to be proud of the hard training I do. Also, what is an estimate of costs, if possible. Thank you!

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An Arm Lift / Tuck is NOT the Answer here

Regarding: "Would a Mini Arm Tuck Help Me?
I really wanted lipo on my arms but I have stretch marks even though I was never overweight. The doc said my skin is too soft and won't do it but I want to do something. Is there a non-surgical skin tightening option that would work well, or would a mini arm tuck be better? I am young but i have a few spots where my skin just doesn't hold together. I am a performer and want to be proud of the hard training I do. Also, what is an estimate of costs, if possible. Thank you
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An Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) is definitely NOT the answer. You have minimal skin sagging and tightening it at the cost of a permanent scar which may turn out to be ugly is a very poor bargain. I would recommend you consider VASER liposuction which would nicely remove any fat excess and may even shrink some of the skin with minimal scarring.

Dr. Peter Aldea


Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 102 reviews

Arm Skin Laxity Treatment Options

It's not unusual for patients to develop upper arm skin laxity with normal aging. When this situation arises, a variety of treatment options are available. The specific choice will depend upon the patient's aesthetic goals and anatomic findings.



Although your pictures are helpful, it's virtually impossible to make a specific recommendation without a physical examination. With that said, your history and pictures suggest stretch marks, skin laxity and fat accumulation in the upper arm near the axilla. Your situation is further complicated by your employment in the entertainment business. Under these circumstances, scarring could be a significant problem.



It's important to realize that any type of procedure that addresses upper arm skin laxity involves a series of trade-offs. In this case, the trade-off is between excess saggy skin and additional scarring.



In your particular case, it's probably reasonable to perform liposuction as an initial maneuver. If skin sag develops as a result of this procedure, a secondary arm lift could be performed through an axillary approach.



If you're considering this type of procedure, it's important to consult a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in this area. This surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your anatomic deformity and achieves your aesthetic goals.

Arm procedures

It is diffiucult to evaluate yoru arms from jsut a photograph. Evaluating the skin quality and the amount of fat is cirtical. The non-invasive skin tightening systems sometimes can help  minor problems.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Liposuction before armlift

Based on your picture, you seem to have very little fatty tissue and reasonable skin tone so starting with liposuction would be a reasonable option. Since you are a performer, minimizing scars may be important for you. If you were to need some skin excised, a mini-armlift that leaves the scar in the armpit may be a good option for you.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

Arm Lift

Depending on the skin elasticity, it is determined if liposuction or arm lift will be indicated.

A modified arm lift in your case will not give you a good result. You may want to do the liposuction as a first stage , let the skin contract and then see if you are satisfied. If not then you can have an arm lift. Infact at that time you will have a better result because you have removed the fat, your arms will be slimmer.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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