Many people feel self-conscious about the appearance of their arms. Looseness of skin in the upper arms can occur as a result of significant weight loss, gravity, aging, and thinning skin. Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of your upper arm but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or weakened tissues and localized fat deposits. Despite a healthy lifestyle, some people cannot get rid of their heavy or saggy upper arms so they hide them by wearing clothing that has sleeves because of the embarrassment they feel. The upper arm can be a very troubling area and for those patients seeking help for this problem, arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) is the answer for you. At Shine Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Daniel H. Lin, performs arm lift surgery because he believes it is often a perfect solution to reshape and beautify your upper arms. Arm lift surgery removes sagging tissue, reduces excess skin and fat between your underarm and elbow, and creates a more toned and proportionate balance to the rest of your body.
During your arm lift procedure, general anesthesia is used and Dr. Lin will make an incision on your upper arm where he will remove excess skin and fat before tightening the inner tissues. The length of the incision and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin tissue to be removed. Incisions are typically placed on the inside or on the back of your arm and they may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above your elbow. If fat is to be reduced during your arm lift, recontouring your arms can sometimes include both liposuction and the surgical removal of excess skin which will leave you the benefit of less scarring.
Dressings will be applied immediately after your surgery and your incisions will be closed with absorbable stitches. Following your arm lift surgery, you will need to wear special compression garments and the average time of healing and recovery is 2-6 weeks. During this time, your arms will need to be elevated, kept straight, and repetitive arm movements should be avoided during your initial recovery period. Depending on your healing progress, Dr. Lin will instruct you when you will be able to resume exercise and your normal routine.
The smoother, tighter contours that result from arm lift surgery are apparent almost immediately although initial results may be somewhat obscured by swelling. An arm lift procedure at Shine Cosmetic Surgery will reshape the underside of your upper arms and the results are long lasting, although as your body ages it is natural to lose some firmness. The decision to have any cosmetic procedures is very personal and arm lift surgery with Dr. Lin will reduce excess skin as well as tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissues that define the shape of your upper arm. The results are extremely satisfying and you will finally be able to wear sleeveless clothing because your arms will be toned and firm once again. If you want to find out if arm lift surgery is the answer for you, please call Shine Cosmetic Surgery today and never hide your arms again.