Flabby arms can be a thing of the past with arm lift surgery.
Not one of us can escape the ravages of time (although, admittedly, some of us do manage it better than others). However, it’s not all down to our lifestyles – some of it is because of genetics – it’s just the way we’re made.
As we get older, all the good things our body produces to keep our skin hydrated, soft and elastic, starts to slow down – collagen and hyaluronic acid are two of the biggest things we have less of – and these are both important in terms of skin elasticity and in supporting the skin. Less of both means the skin loses its firmness and begins to sag (gravity pulls it down). The same effect can happen after massive weight loss too.
If you have sagging skin between the elbow and underarm which exercise has not diminished, and you don’t mind the scars from any surgery, then you may want to consider an armlift.
The procedure is also known as brachioplasty, and it removes fat, tightens loose skin and transforms arms to look more youthful and elegant. There are a few different arm lift procedures, but the exact one will be dependent upon how much skin and fat you need to have removed, and whether your skin elasticity is good enough to shrink back around the muscle.
If you do have good skin elasticity, liposuction is a good option. For this procedure, a small incision is made under the armpit and a thin tube inserted. A solution is pumped in to liquefy the fat, which is then sucked out again via the same tube.
If your skin is not elastic enough to shrink back, liposuction is often performed with brachioplasty surgery. This is performed in one of three ways:
This removes excess skin from armpit to elbow, with a long incision made between the armpit and the elbow to remove fatty tissue and excess skin. The remaining skin is pulled tight and stitched.
If you don’t have too much fatty tissue near the armpit, but just loose skin the surgeon makes an incision below the armpit, removes the skin and pulls the rest up tight toward the armpit and stitches it in place.
This is used if you have fatty tissue extending into the side of the chest wall, and the standard incision is extended to include this area.
As is expected, you will be stiff and sore for a few days after your surgery, but in terms of cosmetic surgery procedures, the recovery time is short – most people return to work 3 – 5 days later.
Gentle stretching is advised as it will reduce swelling and speed your recovery. It will take around 4 weeks before you get full movement back. The scars will be red at first, gradually fading to pink and after a year they will be white and barely noticeable. It is advisable you do not bare your arms to the sun during this time as this may affect the pigmentation of the scars.
The average price for arm lifts in the United States is $6,000 compared to: