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Arm Charm: When You Should Go for an Arm Lift Surgery

December 3, 2020

Got bags of loose, saggy skin under your arms? An arm lift surgery may be just what the doctor ordered.

It’s a natural progression. As you gain years, you lose a little youth. Especially on your arms. With age, it’s common for the skin between your underarm and elbow to renounce its formerly toned state and droop into a half-moon state of nothingness. If that sounds like you, you may be bothered by your newly sagging arms, and want to return to your contoured state from many orbits ago. The solution? Simple. An easy-breezy arm lift surgery.

What Is an Arm Lift Surgery?

If you’ve heard of an arm lift surgery, but don’t quite know what it entails, allow us to fill you in. An arm lift is a cosmetic surgery that aesthetically augments the appearance of the lower half of your upper arms. Also known as a brachioplasty, the procedure involves the extraction of excess skin and fat from the length between the underarm and elbow, with the remaining skin being folded over to create newly crafted contours.

Why Is an Arm Lift Surgery Required?

As you age, your skin loses elasticity. Not just on your arms, but also on your face, your hands, your neck and legs. With looser skin, it’s natural for your upper arms to sag. And while toning and strength-building exercises can enhance muscle tone, they can’t undo the bags of skin now free-hanging. An arm lift surgery can come in handy if you’re conscious about the undersides of your arms and want to launch back into life with renewed confidence.

What Are the Risks of an Arm Lift Surgery?

An arm lift surgery poses several risks, including:

  • Permanent incision scarring: Scars from incisions leave permanent imprints on the skin, but are typically found in less visible areas. In rare cases, incisions lead to raised scars. Some medication and treatment plans, including corticosteroids, can help in reducing their appearance.

  • Asymmetrical arms: While your surgeon will go the distance to make your arms look perfectly symmetrical, you might find subtle differences. These differences could arise from the surgery itself, or from the healing process.

  • Sensory changes: During surgery, your arm tissues are repositioned, affecting underlying sensory nerves. This could result in temporary numbness once you’re out of surgery.

  • Inflammation: Stitches, used to hold your skin in place, could aggravate the surface of the skin, causing inflammation. If this occurs, you may be advised additional surgery.

  • Other risks: Bleeding, infection and allergic reactions to anaesthesia are other likely risks.

Is an Arm Lift Surgery for Everyone?

An arm lift surgery may not be suited for certain people. You may be advised against one if you’re overweight or obese, experience frequent weight fluctuations, have a blood clotting disorder, or are a serial smoker.

An arm lift surgery can do wonders for your self-confidence by giving your arms a more toned, youthful avatar (maintaining a healthy weight can go a long way in preserving its effects). While the surgery usually leaves long-lasting results, you may notice your skin naturally ageing over time, losing form and firmness. However, in the long run, a fat removal surgery for your arms is worth considering if you want to give your upper body a contoured makeover. And your self-esteem, a boost.

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