For people who have lost a great deal of weight, the upper arms may have a significant amount of sagging skin often referred to as a batwing. An upper arm lift is a surgical body sculpting procedure makes it easier to fit into form-fitting sleeved shirts. If the excess skin is located close to the armpit, a short scar arm lift may be performed in which the scar is hidden in the armpit with a small T-shaped extension towards the upper arm. To learn more about if you are a good candidate for an arm lift in Troy, give us a call today.
How an Arm Lift is Performed
This procedure removes excess skin and some fatty tissue at the upper arm in exchange for a scar. This scar is on the inside part of the arm close to where the arm rests at the side of the body. It will be visible with the arms exposed in short or no sleeve shirts. This is typically performed in men or women with a history of large weight loss. This operation improves contour, but the visible scar makes this operation undesirable for many people.
For a misshapen arm with significant excess skin, brachioplasty helps restore the shape of the arm. Patients report fitting better in sleeved shirts, especially fitted ones.
Scar. Scar. Scar. The scar will be permanent. It will be visible in short-sleeved or sleeveless shirts and dresses. The scar may also be wide, pink, thick, and otherwise unattractive.
Who Pays for an Arm Lift?
This is a cosmetic procedure, paid for by the patient.
Length of Operation
3-4 hours (depending on the extent of the procedure).
General anesthesia, you will be asleep and monitored the entire time.
In or Out Patient
Generally the same day or outpatient procedure.
Time until Final Appearance
One year for swelling to completely resolve and for scars to fade, though scars may take longer to fade or always stay prominent.
Length of Results
Long-lasting, especially when diet and exercise regimen is maintained.
Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain. The sensation of the skin may be different initially. Dog ears or excess skin at the end of the scar may occur but can be removed in the office at approximately six months post-surgery to allow swelling to resolve.
Risks of Procedure
All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. If you smoke, it is imperative that you quit six weeks both before and after surgery. Risks include pain, infection, bleeding, damage to skin, nerves, blood vessels, dissatisfaction with appearance, asymmetry, unsightly scars, and blood clots in the legs which can travel to the lungs. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.
Learn More About Arm Lifts in Troy
If you are tired of dealing with loose skin on your arms from aging or weight loss, consider an arm lift in Troy. This surgical procedure could help you become more comfortable in your skin, boosting confidence and balancing proportions. To learn more, give us a call today.