“Doc, I hate these wings!” Ask any plastic surgeon who has heard this common refrain from patients who complain about the redundant, excess skin and fat of their upper arms. There are many reasons why patients develop this problem. Weight loss, the aging process, after Gastric Bypass Surgery and various medical conditions all can be the cause. The common complaint is that the skin and soft tissues hang creating an unsightly appearance even when the arms are fully covered. Short sleeve shirts and blouses can leave patients feeling embarrassed and constantly aware of the issue, but there is hope! Arm Lift Surgery (also known as Brachioplasty), or Liposuction, or both, may be the answer.
Over time the skin, muscle and soft tissues of the body begin to progressively lose their tone and the supporting ligaments begin to stretch. The aging process causes people to lose the elasticity of their skin, a process that is accelerated by sun exposure and smoking. Then there is gravity, the ever-present force that causes the tissues to sag. In addition any weight gain over the years cause further stretching, loss of elasticity and sagging. Many people have asked a Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon if this can be reversed by exercise and the answer is, no. Exercise only tones the muscles. Unfortunately, exercise does nothing to improve skin tone.
Patients who are candidates for an arm lift plastic surgery include people who have:
- Loose skin of the upper arms
- Had significant weight loss
- Excessively full upper arms
- Embarrassment from redundant upper arm soft tissues
Patients should always begin with a thorough consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Dr. Warren Lent, A Board certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, will meet with you to examine you and fully assess your needs. He will make a recommendation as to which treatment, such as an Arm Lift or Liposuction may best serve your needs.
An arm lift is usually performed under general anesthesia in Dr. Lent’s Los Angeles office. Before plastic surgery procedure, the amount of skin and fat to be removed will be estimated and markings will be placed accordingly. Unlike most physicians, Dr. Lent places the incision on the underside of the arm in a location making the resulting scars as inconspicuous as possible. On some occasions the incision can be placed in the Axilla (armpit). Prior to surgery, all patients are asked to avoid any medication, which thins the blood, such as Aspirin, for at least two weeks. Patients are told to avoid exercise and heavy lifting for at least six weeks after the arm lift surgery.
Like all medical treatment an Arm Lift is generally a safe procedure, but there are risks. The risks include bleeding, infection, skin injury and the risk of anesthesia. Under the care of a Board Certified Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon, like Dr. Lent, every effort will be made to prevent and minimize risk to make your outcome a successful one. It is very important that smokers quit smoking and using nicotine products for at least one month before and for at least one month after surgery.
An Arm Lift or Brachioplasty is an excellent way for men and women to tighten and lift their upper arms. This can result in a more youthful and firmer appearance. Patients are usually thrilled at having their “wings” removed, giving them greater freedom to wear normal clothing again and participate in all physical activities. Most importantly, Dr. Lent’s Los Angeles plastic surgery patients comment on their renewed sense of self-image and self-confidence.
To best understand all of your options, a full plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Warren Lent is recommended. For further details on each aspect of an Arm Lift, Dr. Lent invites you to visit his collection of articles in his Arm/Thigh Info Center, Liposuction Info Center or Gastric Bypass Info Center.
This Beverly Hills double board certified plastic surgeon specializes in arm lift surgery and body contouring for patients in the Los Angeles area.