Toned Arms Are Possible With A Minimal Incision Arm Lift
Wearing short sleeved and sleeveless tops is not only fashionable, but it is also a must when trying to survive the summer heat. Unfortunately for many, fighting the heat in long sleeves is much preferred to exposing their arms which can be embarrassing and stressful. Fluctuations in weight, aging, and heredity can result in excess fat and skin causing your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance, commonly referred to as “bat wings.” This condition, which primarily affects women, is very visible on people that maintain a healthy weight but have significant sagging of the underarms. Having “bat wings” is an incredibly frustrating problem because it cannot be corrected through diet or exercise and makes the arms appear much older and heavier than they are. However, many women haven’t considered an arm lift because of the long scar involved in a traditional brachioplasty procedure.
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reduces local pockets of fat in the upper arm region, removes excess sagging skin, and tightens and smooths the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm. When Dr. Shapiro performs an arm lift, his goal is not just to reduce the size of the upper arms, but to restore a more toned and youthful appearance to them as well, with a procedure that produces very long lasting results.
There is a new version of a brachioplasty surgery that only requires a minimal incision versus the traditional armpit to elbow incision. Minimal incision brachioplasty requires incisions in the armpits which confine the scars to the underarm area. Liposuction is performed to remove unwanted fat and then excess skin is removed. The incisions are carefully sutured shut to prevent pulling and minimize scarring, and the arms are wrapped in compression garments to support the arms during healing and help decrease swelling and bruising. After this outpatient procedure, most patients can return to work after about one week, and can resume exercise in approximately four to six weeks.
If you are bothered by loose skin and excess fat on your upper arms, and desire more toned, shapely arms, take the first step and call Dr. Shapiro’s office (480) 451-1700 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Shapiro will evaluate your arms and discuss your goals to customize a treatment plan that will give you optimal results.