While you may be fit and healthy, your skin may not be as elastic as it used to be. If you’re tired of dealing with flaps of loose skins on your upper arms, an arm lift could be an option.
The benefits of an arm lift
Those watching their weight are not the only people who have to deal with loose arm skin. As we age, our skin naturally starts producing less collagen and becomes less elastic, which can also cause this irritating condition.
Also known as a brachioplasty, an arm lift can help contour your arms and get rid of any excess skin that may be hanging from your upper arms.
What to expect from an arm lift
If you feel that an arm lift is the only way you’re going to experience more contoured arms again, know that it will need to be performed under general anaesthetic.
During an arm lift, your surgeon will remove fat and excess skin from the inner back side of your arms. If there is really an excessive amount of skin, your surgeon may also take skin from the top of your arm.
The average arm lift can last 2 to 3 hours and will require you to wear a compression garment after your surgery.
You will be able to resume some light activity a few days after your surgery and can resume your normal activities about 4 weeks after your arm lift by plastic surgeon Dr Morris Ritz.
Is liposuction not a better option?
There is a difference between having excess loose skin and excess fat in your arms. Some patients may choose to combine an arm lift with liposuction for the best results but for others, an arm lift is enough to reduce saggy underarms.
The only reason why some patients may prefer liposuction to an arm lift is because there is less scarring. While your surgeon will do whatever possible to hide the scars, scarring is something you should expect after an arm lift.
But again, liposuction is not going to treat any excess skin so you need to decide what’s most important to you before you decide whether an arm lift, liposuction or a combination procedure is best for you.
What should I know before my arm lift?
As with any type of cosmetic surgery or non-surgical procedure, realistic expectations are a must. Plastic surgeon Dr Morris Ritz will take you through every aspect of your arm lift before you proceed so that you know exactly what to expect during and after your surgery.
There is also always a risk of complications with any surgery but again, you can discuss these with your doctor so that you can prepare. Complications can be reduced by choosing a surgeon with the right skills and experience though.
Overall, an arm lift is a very safe procedure but if you’ve had health issues in the past, it’s best to discuss them with your surgeon before you schedule your surgery.