Don't want scar from traditional arm lift. Would lipo and mini arm lift improve appearance? (Photo)
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Mini Arm Lift to Avoid the Longer Scar
Based on your photos, it seems you would do best with a regular arm lift. Many people try less invasive things, but are often disappointed at the results and end up pursuing the traditional methods. Depending on the heaviness of the fat in the back of your arm, liposuction may relieve the weight somewhat and provide a bit of a lift, but this is hard to determine based on pictures, and virtually impossible to guarantee.
Seek a board certified plastic surgeon (certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery) to best evaluate your options.
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Don't want scar from traditional arm lift. Would lipo and mini arm lift improve appearance?
The best and most predictable operation for tightening the extra skin on your arms would be a full traditional brachioplasty (arm lift). Many patients can not accept the scars. In those patients, I have been impressed with the results of laser liposuction that I have personally done. As I like to say, I'm even impressed!...and I did the surgery!!
Given that laser liposuction of the arms can be performed with local anesthesia only (numbing medicine), in the office, it is definitely worth trying first. There is basically NO scar, just a little nick in the skin to insert the laser fiber. It may leave a little bit of skin irregularity or it may tighten the skin exceptionally well. Six to twelve months after the procedure, the final results should be evident, then you and your surgeon can decide together if a more limited skin excision brachioplasty might benefit you. There are multiple scar treatments to help minimize the visibility of the scars, if the laser liposuction does not accomplish the full result and you choose to proceed to some type of skin excision. You can see examples of both procedures on my website
Would lipo and a mini arm lift improve appearance?
I understand your desire to have a smaller scar, but I don't think you will be happy with the results if you go with liposuction and a mini arm lift. The liposuction will remove excess fat, but it appears there will be too much excess skin to be resolved by a mini lift.
Can't Expect Same Results With "Mini-Lift"
This is a frequent discussion in my practice, because we understand tradeoff of any procedure that leaves a scar.
Yet, we do many full arm lifts and we do many "mini-arm lifts," with liposuction and limited armpit incisions.
It is important to really understand that the "mini" approach will produce improvement, but not as much tightening as the full arm lift, where all the extra skin is removed.
A detailed evaluation of the amount of fat and the amount of extra skin, as well as the tone of your skin is helpful to estimate what that difference might look like for you.