Liposuction or brachioplasty for my arms? (Photos)
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Liposuction vs brachiaplasty
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
Arm lift vs. liposuction
Liposuction will remove the fatty tissue in the area, but will have little effect on tightening the skin. It can leave loose, hanging skin behind depending on skin elasticity. An arm lift will remove both excess fatty tissue as well as the loose skin. The trade off though is a scar that will be from the armpit area to about the elbow. I recommend meeting with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to learn more and discuss your surgical goals.
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It's hard to say without seeing you in person, but my best guess would be that you need a brachioplasty or arm lift. I prefer the posterior incision in order to be able to hide the scar better and get all of the excess skin in the photo. Best wishes, Dr. ALDO
Brachioplasty or liposuction?
It is difficult to provide an accurate answer to your question without the ability to perform a physical examination. If the physical examination confirms that your primary problem is loose skin a brachioplasty would be a great procedure for you.
Brachioplasty or arm lift surgery is one of the most frequently requested body contouring procedures performed today. The demand for this procedure has increased more than 800% since 1997. This is the greatest percent change of any of the commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedures Much of the increase in popularity is due to the growing number of patients who undergo massive weight loss. In performing this procedure an incision is made on the inside of the arm extending from the elbow into the armpit. Sometimes it is necessary to extend the incision further into the armpit and sometimes past it. Utilizing this incision excess skin is removed and the wound is closed. It is very important to position the scar properly so that it is concealed as much as possible. A well-placed incision should result in a scar that is only visible when the arms are raised. This operation is normally performed as an outpatient. It is very important for the surgeon to discuss the resultant scar thoroughly with the patient preoperatively. Very commonly this scar takes longer to undergo full healing and maturation than incisions on other parts of the body. Maturation refers to the process whereby the scar becomes less apparent. Brachioplasty scars commonly take up to 2 years to fully mature. Immediately after the operation compressive Ace wraps are placed from the fingers up to the armpit. These can normally be removed within 24-48 hours postoperatively and replaced by elastic compression sleeves commonly worn by athletes. These can be purchased relatively inexpensively at any sporting good store. Most patients wear these for up for up to 4 weeks postoperatively. No vigorous activity or strenuous activity is recommended for 3 weeks postoperatively. Complications following a well planned and well executed brachioplasty are uncommon. They may include however wound infection or wound breakdown. Is very important to follow the directions of your surgeon postoperatively to ensure the best result. Good luck
Thank you for your picture and question, liposuction alone would not help with the excess skin, consult with a board certified PS, best of luck!
Options for Arm Rejuvenation
Surgical options for rejuvenation of arm include variations of Brachioplasty, which is the vast majority of cases includes Liposuction. For Liposuction alone to be an option, you would need good quality skin that will retract to achieve a good result. Brachioplasty involves removal of not only the excess fat but also excision of excess skin of the arms. The trade-off for improved arm contour, are scars. A non-surgical fat-reduction option is Coolsculpting, Hope this helps and best of luck to you!
Liposuction or brachioplasty for my arms?
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