Sometimes, weight loss and aging can result in a sagging appearance of the skin and fat of the upper arms. Although exercise can tone the underlying muscles, working out does not fix the lax skin. An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, can help with this – eliminating the hanging skin, and making the arm more toned and fit looking.
Anatomically speaking, the upper arm usually has a combination of extra fat and excess skin in the tricep area. This is especially true after major weight loss, such as gastric bypass surgery. To deal with this problem, a combination of solutions are used: liposuction treats the excess fat, while surgical skin excision takes away the excess skin. For those people who have youthful elastic skin and predominantly excess fat, liposuction by itself may be a possibility.
The operation is performed as a day surgery, under general anesthesia. Liposuction is first performed to shape and remove fatty deposits, then a skin incision is made on the undersurface of the upper arm, where it shows the least. Excess skin is removed, and a tidy incision closure is performed. Drains are not typically needed. While there is a surgical incision, most patients are very pleased with the new arm shape once everything has healed, and feel comfortable wearing short-sleeved shirts, when they wouldn’t do so prior to the surgery.
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