This procedure works extrememly well for people who have lost a significant amount of weight and have excess skin. It is not a good procedure for individuals who have excessive amounts of subcutaneous fat or who have not achieved a steady healthy weight loss. The scars are situated to be not apparent from the usually exposed potions of the arm. This patient is depicted on less than one month after surgery.
This is patient underwent liposuction of both upper arms 3 months prior to this photo. Liposuction is only a good surgical option for small volume changes for people who otherwise are near their ideal body weight and have reasonable skin quality.
LOWER BODY & ARM LIFTS INFORMATION
If you have excess skin, a lift is the way to go.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR A LOWER BODY LIFT?
If you have loose thigh skin along with a sagging buttocks you may benefit from a lower body lift. Tummy tucks alone cannot help the patient who has lost large amounts of weight in most cases. The ideal candidate is not obese. Many people, due to genetics, aging, or weight loss may have loose tissue which is resistant to further diet and exercise. After weight loss, a lower body lift can be an important part of returning to a healthy fit appearance. Buttock and thigh lifts can be an excellent method for smoothing skin surface irregularities. Lifts can be isolated to certain areas, inner thigh, buttocks, outer thigh depending on your specific needs.
WHERE ARE THE SCARS?
Scars for the lower body lift are placed on your hips and buttocks below the line of your bikini or underwear. The scar can taper off into your inner thigh area or go across your abdomen if you have already had, or would also like to have an abdominoplasty. The parts of your body that require lifting and how you wear clothing will determine the exact location of the scars. Liposuction is used to assist in separating the skin and fat which are being lifted.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY?
You will typically need to wear a compression garment for several weeks after surgery. Depending on the extent of your surgery, an overnight stay in a skilled nursing facility may be advisable after surgery. Bruising and swelling usually subside during the first month after surgery. Strenuous activity is usually tolerated after the first month. Your scars will continue to soften and fade over the course of a year after surgery.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR AN ARM LIFT?
If you have loose, sagging arm skin which is resistant to diet and exercise you may be a good candidate for an arm lift. Arm lifts can also reduce the size of the arm so that clothes fit more comfortably.
HOW DO I CHOSE BETWEEN AN ARM LIFT AND LIPOSUCTION?
Liposuction works extremely well to get rid of excess fat in the upper arms. If your skin has good elasticity this may be the right operation for you to reduce the size of your arms and take on a sleeker contour.
WHERE ARE THE SCARS FOR A BRACHIOPLASTY?
Scars are placed along the inside of your arm and armpit. The length of the scar depends on the amount of skin needing removal. This location is difficult to hide, and while scars heal they can be quite visible. For some people with a significant amount of excess tissue, this trade-off is very acceptable.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY?
You will typically need to wear a compression garment for at least 2 weeks after surgery. You will be able to do light activity immediately. Many people return to work after one week, but we request you avoid strenuous activity for 2-4 weeks.