Who benefits from arm liposuction only?
With arm lift procedures arm liposuction may be sufficient for people who’s arm skin is not damaged by sun, smoking, ageing, or weight loss. In these patients the arm skin has no stretch marks and has retained its elasticity. Following liposuction in an arm lift procedure, the deflated arm skin will be able to contract well over the smooth muscle contour. The more invasive total arm lift procedure may benefit people with larger areas of fat underneath the arms, poor skin quality and sun damaged skin.
What are the different types of arm lift procedures?
To perform an upper arm lift, your surgeon will make incisions on the inside or back of your arms. Incisions may span from the underarm to just above the elbow. Some people may only require minimal incisions from the area where the inner, upper arm joins the armpit during the Arm lift procedure. This is known as a minimal incision or limited arm lift.
You may be a candidate for a minimal incision arm lift if you have a small amount of extra skin located near the armpit. Others, such as those who have lost massive amounts of weight following bariatric surgery, may have more excess skin and will need an incision that runs from the elbow to the arm pit. This is known as the extended arm lift procedure. Your incision pattern will vary based on the extent of the surgery and your surgeon’s preferred method of an Arm lift procedures.
After the incision is made, excess fat may be removed with liposuction during an Arm lift procedure. Excessive skin is then trimmed, tightened and sutured in place with absorbable sutures, or stitches that will be removed within one or two weeks of the surgery. Your skin is then smoothed over the new contour of your arm.
Dr. Agha’s arm lift scar modification
When performing an extended arm upper arm lift, Dr. Siamak Agha has modified the standard brachioplasty procedure so that your incision is carefully placed in between the inside and back of the upper arm. This way your incision is well hidden and more difficult to appreciate. Incisions may span from the underarm to just above the elbow.
However, for those who have lost a large amount of weight either through a vigorous weight loss program or following bariatric surgery a more extensive procedure will be required and an incision that runs from the elbow, along the arm pit and into the side of the chest will be made.