As we age, our arms tend to accumulate excess subcutaneous fat and skin, resulting in a loss of contour and firmness. This can make many men and women feel self-conscious. If you’ve been struggling with a loss of contour in your arms, you may feel embarrassed about wearing sleeveless tops or going to the beach. It may become a problem for you in an intimate relationship or make clothes shopping and picking out outfits into bothersome tasks.
A cosmetic procedure that can help with a loss of contour in the arms is an arm left or brachioplasty. The following article will outline what brachioplasty is and what you can expect from this procedure.
What Is Brachioplasty?
Brachioplasty is a cosmetic procedure that improves the lower portion of the upper arm in order to slim the silhouette there and reduce excess skin and fat. The majority of procedures are performed on both arms, concentrating from armpit to elbow on both sides.
Who Is a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?
Arm lifts tend to become most necessary as you age because of the loss of firmness all over the body. The upper arms tends to be where this loss of contour is focused. For this reason, older adults may be more interested in arm lifts than younger adults. However, the procedure can help a wide range of individuals.
Another group who may be specifically interested in getting brachioplasty surgery includes those who have recently lost a significant amount of weight. Extreme weight loss can necessitate an arm lift because the initial weight gain tends to rapidly stretch the skin. In some individuals, the skin stays stretched. Therefore, the weight loss may reduce the amount of fat within the skin, but the skin will be left sagging and loose.
Often times, those who have recently lost a lot of weight and are interested in getting an arm lift are also interested in other surgeries that can amend sagging, loose skin. For example, they may also look into a tummy tuck or an upper or lower body lift. Breast lifts or breast augmentations are common alongside arm lifts as well.
As far as medical restrictions, it is true that not everyone qualifies for an arm left. You should be in good overall physical health before this surgery. At your consultation appointment, you’ll be able to discuss your medical history with Dr. Mohan, and he will determine whether you are a good candidate, medically speaking. Essentially, you should not have any active infections or serious illnesses that could threaten your health during or after surgery.
You should also be within a healthy weight range. This is counterintuitive to a lot of people because they see an arm lift as something that will reduce fat in their arms and make them look slimmer. Ideally, however, you should be within 10 pounds of your goal weight. Remember that an arm lift is not a weight loss surgery, and the main goal is not to lose fat. Conversely, the main goal is generally to take care of excess, drooping skin.
In the same vein, keep in mind that after your surgery, you should aim to maintain a healthy weight range. Gaining an excessive amount of weight could potentially cause the aesthetic outcome of your arm lift surgery to be altered in an undesirable way.
Lastly, only those who have realistic and balanced expectations about their arm lift surgery will be quality candidates. Be sure to ask any and all questions that you have about this procedure at your consultation appointment so that you know exactly what to expect before, during, and after.
After the Procedure
After undergoing brachioplasty, you will need to rest and recuperate for an extended period of time, meaning that taking at least several weeks off from work will be necessary. Dr. Mohan can explain the exact time time period he expects you to be in recovery.
Some pain, swelling, and bruising is normal after surgery. Pain can be improved with the use of oral medications, which Dr. Mohan will prescribe to you. You will need to wear compression garments and bandages in order to keep the area clean and improve swelling and fluid buildup. Directly after your procedure, it is possible that excess blood or fluid may need to be drained from the incisions and therefore a small thin tube may be inserted under your dressings.
Dallas Arm Lift Consultation
As you move toward getting arm lift surgery, your most important step will be choosing a qualified plastic surgeon. All of Dr. Mohan’s patients have been impressed by his credentials and extensive experience and expertise. As a board certified plastic surgeon serving the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Dr. Mohan has helped countless men and women improve their aesthetic experience and boost their self-esteem and self-confidence as a result.
Dr. Mohan also recognizes that each and every one of his patients is unique, and his focus is to meet the specific needs of each patient with every procedure. He is adept at listening carefully to their goals and concerns and answering all of their questions as completely as possible.
If you would like to find out more about arm lift surgery and whether or not this procedure may benefit you, contact us by calling (469) 301-1725 and book your Dallas plastic surgery consultation appointment today. Dr. Mohan operates in Dallas, Southlake, Frisco, Grapevine, Arlington, Coppell, Irving, and Plano.