As you grow older, you may notice the skin on your upper arms starting to look loose or saggy. Although certain exercises can help target this area, sometimes saggy arms are simply beyond your control. Genetics, thin skin, and muscle loss caused by aging can all play a role in the shape and tone of your arms. If tricep pushups and a healthy diet just aren’t giving you the look you want, you can get extra help from a procedure known as a brachioplasty.
What is a brachioplasty?
A brachioplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure also known as an arm lift. The procedure involves making incisions along the inside of your upper arms in order to remove excess fat and skin. The remaining skin is then recontoured and stretched to give your arm a more youthful, toned look again.
How do I know if I’m right for an arm lift?
A brachioplasty is best for people who are at a healthy body weight, but wish to address sagging or loose skin in the arms. If you plan on losing weight, you may want to wait before having an arm lift in order to get the best results.
What are the risks of brachioplasty?
Although there are some risks involved in any surgical procedure, an arm lift itself carries few risks. You can expect to have a scar, but your surgeon will place this on the inside of the arm where it will be less visible.
What is the recovery like?
During your recovery from the procedure, you may need to take a few days or a week off work and physical activity. You will have some swelling and bruising for a few days, and it’s important not to lift heavy objects or otherwise strain your arm muscles. Plan to arrange for help around the house if necessary, especially if you have small children.
If you think an arm lift might be right for you, talk with an experienced cosmetic surgeon. Your doctor will explain exactly what to expect from the procedure itself and from your recovery period.
Learn more about how you can get the figure you’ve always wanted with the help of a cosmetic surgeon. GLOW Surgical Arts offers a variety of cosmetic surgery and minimally invasive procedures to help you look and feel more attractive. Request a free consultation online, or call GLOW Surgical Arts at (650) 241-2209.