Do I need an Arm lift? (photos)
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Do I need an Arm lift?
Best to seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons who can demonstrate significant experience achieving the types of outcomes you will be pleased with. Best wishes
Arm lift versus liposuction?
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Do I need an arm lift?
It is difficult to make a surgical recommendation without the ability to examine you. If however her problem is predominantly excess skin and arm lift (brachioplasty) is probably the solution.
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. Brachioplasty is normally performed as an outpatien. 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. It is very important for the surgeon to discuss the resultant scar thoroughly with the patient preoperatively. Very commonly this scar takes a longer time to undergo the full healing and maturation process than scars in 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 results. In the last several years improvements have been made in the performance of brachioplasty (arm lift) resulting in better results and more acceptable scars. These improvements includes more precise incision placement, better closure techniques and use of post operative scar reducing systems. With greater attention to these details the benefits of arm lift surgery can be achieved with more acceptable scarring than in the past.
Need an Arm Lift?
I suggest making a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area. With only pictures, it is hard to offer a solution to your question. If the area you are referring to is loose sagging skin, than an arm lift (also referred to as a Brachioplasty), might be a good option for you. I always remind my patients the tradeoff for an arm lift is the scar left from the incision. Typically running from underarm to elbow, the scars will fade over time, but always be present. Another less invasive option for you could be liposuction of the upper arms, however this procedure alone does not tighten skin. Striae, or stretch marks, are permanent unless they are surgically excised. After an in-person evaluation, your Plastic Surgeon will offer the suggestions he or she deems most appropriate for you.
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