About Arm Lift Surgery
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Whether it is due to weight changes and/or pregnancy, or just loss of elasticity (stretchiness) of the skin over the years, women will sometimes get "bat wings", those loose, hanging flaps of skin from the upper arm.
If there is only some extra fat, then the fat can be reduced using liposuction, the removal of localized fat through small incisions. However, when there is extra skin, optimal improvement will likely require removal of some of that skin.
Removal of skin is always accompanied by a scar, and sometimes the scar in the upper arm can look good for a while but then spread. Fortunately, we can generally put the scar in the inner portion of the upper arm, where it is less noticable.
Through the years, we have tried to limit the length of the scar, but as in other areas of plastic surgery, reducing the length of the scar reduces the amount of improvement available.
Dr. James Nachbar, a Scottsdale, AZ plastic surgeon, is very skilled in skin tightening and fat removal surgical techniques, and he provides private consultations for surgical arm lifts.
If you would like to learn more about how an upper arm lift can alter the contour of your arms, please schedule a consultation at Scottsdale Plastic Surgery today.
An arm lift is an aesthetic surgery employing innovative techniques to contour and remove extra skin to tighten the upper arm.
If you avoid sleeveless clothes because you are self-conscious about your arms and want them to look trim and taut again, you are an ideal candidate for arm lift surgery.
You should be in good overall health so that your body will heal well. Some of the top concerns for patients who want an arm lift are excess, hanging skin on the upper arms, and decreased tightness of the skin.
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Typically, your upper arm lift surgery will take place in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia, unless several plastic surgeries are scheduled to be performed at the same time, in which case an overnight stay may be involved.
The sagging skin will be surgically excised from the elbow up to the underarm. The incision will be made to be as concealed as possible, but it will leave a visible scar. If liposuction is required to remove stubborn fat, this will be performed as well. Once the skin is tightened, it will be sutured in place. You will need to keep the incisions sanitized, covered, and in compression garments.
An arm lift can be added to other procedures, like a Post-Baby Tune-Up® Mommy Makeover, No-Drain Tummy Tuck, or thigh lift — if Dr. Nachbar decides it is safe. If a breast reduction or breast lift is planned or has been done, the incision for the arm lift can be connected to that from the breast surgery, to also tighten the tissue of the side of the chest.
What to Expect
Your should expect that the hands may become somewhat swollen due to tightening of the upper arm skin. This can be minimized by elevating the arms and hands on pillows above the level of your chest.
The dressing used may vary, but most often involves gauze wrap without an Ace wrap.
Plan Your Procedure
Get Back Your Shape
Whatever you call your "bat wings" or droopy skin on your arms, plastic surgeon Dr. Nachbar considers it an opportunity to change your confidence with plastic surgery. If you want to improve your upper arms, please call and schedule a private consultation with Dr. James Nachbar at Scottsdale Plastic Surgery. Feel younger and fitter with arm lift surgery.