Transform saggy arms with an arm lift in Mexico. If you’ve lost a lot of weight, or despite hours at the gym you can’t achieve the sleek look you want, an arm lift procedure (also known as brachioplasty) will give you the look you desire. Great locations throughout the country, and savings of around 50%, means it is easier and more affordable than you think.
Ageing skin loses elasticity, and the forces of gravity eventually starts to pull loose skin downwards. The skin between 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 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, where saving thousands of pounds by travelling a few hours south is certainly worth the effort. However, it appeals to patients from across the world and is beginning to rival Thailand as a medical tourism destination.
It’s not all about just about saving money. Mexico has a good reputation for the quality of its facilities for medical tourists, including Joint Commission International accredited hospitals, and medical staff who are well qualified.
The bonus for North-Americans traveling to Mexico is that it isn’t long-haul – and whether its city-break, beach holiday or somewhere not too far away from the Border, Mexico has such a massive choice of destinations that there really should be somewhere to suit everyone.
An arm lift typically takes 1-2 hours and may consist of liposuction either with or without surgery. However, if you have just liposuction then the skin elasticity of your skin will have to be good enough to be able to shrink back once the fat is extracted.
The liposuction procedure uses a tube 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 3 – 5 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 4 weeks and any scarring will fade gradually so that it will hardly be noticeable after a year.
Arm lifts in Mexico cost, on average $3,000 (CAD $3,900, £2,000 GBP, €2,700, AUD $4,000) compared to an average of $6,000 (CAD $7,800, £3,800 GBP, €5,500, AUD $8,000) in the United States.
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