UPDATED: August 17, 2018
Every once in a while someone (usually famous) is admired in the media for a certain ideal body part. Remember the J-Lo booty? Or more currently Kim Kardashian’s rounded rump? The focus is shifting now to the upper arms. Hello Jennifer Aniston. Wave to me, Michelle Obama! Toned and tightened upper arms are the new “must-have” body part.
Often referred to as bat-wings, upper arms that display floppy, flapping in the wind excess skin are just so OUT. The trend toward sleek upper arms may have you heading to the gym for triceps toning exercises. Unfortunately, exercise can only strengthen the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm. It can’t address sagging skin or fat deposits.
A surgical procedure known as an arm lift or brachioplasty can address all of the above. In fact, according to the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgery), since 2000, upper arm lift surgery for women is up a staggering 5235%. Only 338 procedures were performed in 2000, and in 2017 18,033 upper arm lift surgeries were performed.
What can an Arm Lift or Brachioplasty Achieve?
- Reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward
- Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
- Reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region
Am I a candidate for an arm lift with Brachioplasty?
In general, arm lift candidates include:
- Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity
- Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
- Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase the surgery
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations
Arm lift surgery involves an incision from the underarm to the elbow made either on the back of the arm or underneath the arm. In some cases, liposuction may be added to the procedure to remove excess fat deposits. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm. The length of the scar will depend on the extent of the redundant skin that needs to be excised and that will be left up to your surgeon to determine. Your plastic surgeon will also make every effort to conceal the placement of the incision however, they will still be visible in some arm positions. You will have a scar, but no more bat-wings.
Arm Life After Weight Loss
The patient above lost over 100 lbs through diet and exercise leaving her with obvious hanging skin. Arm lift surgery was her only option for improvement of her upper arms. Today, she is proud of her new look, wearing sleeveless tops and able to wave without a waddle. She may not be a star, but her results are paparazzi perfect.
Curious about the arm lift procedure? Contact Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa to learn more.