Last fact-checked: 2 February 2020
Transform sagging arms with an arm lift in Mexico. If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight—or gravity is starting to take its toll with age, an arm lift procedure (also known as brachioplasty) will give you the look you desire.
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Aging skin loses elasticity and it’s only a matter of time before the force of gravity starts to pull that loose skin downwards. The skin between the underarm and elbow is no exception to the rule, and this slack skin can flap about rather disconcertingly, which is why it is commonly referred to as ‘bat wings’ or ‘bingo wings’.
Mexico is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with investment heralding a new era in several industries, including technology, communications and manufacturing. The medical tourism industry is also benefiting from investment and is a fast-growing sector thanks to the quality of its services and the reasonable prices that foreign patients are initially drawn to.
Mexico is particularly popular in the field of cosmetic surgery, especially for North-Americans and Canadians for whom saving thousands of dollars is common thanks to the close proximity. However, it appeals to patients from across the world and is beginning to rival Thailand as a global medical tourism destination.
It’s not all about just about saving money. Mexico has an excellent reputation in terms of the quality of its facilities for medical tourists, including Joint Commission International-accredited hospitals, world-class surgeons and English-speaking support staff geared toward welcoming international patients.
The bonus for North-Americans traveling to Mexico is that it doesn’t require a long-haul flight; in fact, those living in the southern US states can even drive across without the need to ever step on a plane. Whether its city-break, beach holiday or somewhere not too far away from the border, Mexico has such a huge choice of excellent destinations in which to receive medical care or surgery, including the capital Mexico City, Cancun, Tijuana and Mexicali and Guadalajara.
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An arm lift typically takes between one and two hours. The procedure may involve liposuction (either with or without surgery). However, if you only have liposuction, the elasticity of your skin will have to be good enough to be able to shrink back once the fat has been extracted.
The liposuction procedure uses a tube that is inserted into a small incision under the arm to suck out the fat. If you are having arm lift surgery as well, incisions will be made according to the extent of the excess skin you want removing; sometimes, an extended brachioplasty may be performed to include the chest wall, or you may have a limited incision brachioplasty if there is not too much excess skin to remove.
Your surgeon will discuss your options with you prior to surgery commencing.
Compared to other cosmetic surgery procedures, the downtime is minimal. You will be tender and sore for several days but will be able to go back to work around three to five days later. Your movement will be limited but you will be advised to gently move and stretch your arms to reduce swelling. You should have full movement back in around four weeks and any scarring will fade gradually so that it will hardly be noticeable after one year.
Arm lifts in Mexico cost, on average, $3,000 (CAD $3,900, £2,000 GBP, €2,700, AUD $4,000). This can be compared to an average of $6,000 (CAD $7,800, £3,800 GBP, €5,500, AUD $8,000) in the United States, representing savings of between 60 and 70%.
[Please note: these prices are approximate estimates based on international data, calculated at the time of writing.]
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