Tired of Covering Your Arms?
The Arms can be one of the most difficult areas to keep firm and sculpted. Diet and exercise can build muscle and reduce fat; however, the combination of genetics, weight loss and aging can still leave us with Loose Arm Skin and disproportionate fat deposits in the upper arms. Even after significant amount of weight loss, arms generally do not contract back to their original shape. As the skin stretches to accommodate excess fat, it loses resiliency and often remains loose, even after the weight is lost. Our skin also loses elasticity and stretches as we age, which frequently results in flabby, hanging skin that affects how clothes fit, and our self-confidence.
Popular Fashions often expose the shoulders and arms. Despite being fond of the styles, we may not feel comfortable wearing them, because we are embarrassed by the appearance of our upper arms. We may instead, choose long-sleeve shirts in order to cover sagginess in the upper arms. Moreover, sometimes after weight loss, there is so much excess arm skin that the redundant skin does not fit into a normal sleeve. These issues limit wardrobe choices and can make shopping difficult, and can cause a range of other problems.
Skin Stretches and grows with weight gain. If you have recently lost weight, it may take several months for the skin to catch up. Diet and exercise certainly help with weight reduction and to tone the muscles of the arms. Unfortunately, diet and exercise do not tighten the upper arm skin. Loose upper arm skin is a common, though unfortunately unattractive, side effect of effective weight loss.
Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) Before and After Photos
Who Does the Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Help?
If you have loose upper arm skin, an Arm Lift or Brachioplasty can help. Arm Lifts are most frequently performed after weight loss, but genetics also play a roll. Elastin is a protein that allows the skin to resume its original shape after stretching. Reduced amounts of elastin can genetically predispose us to have flabby skin. Collagen is the main structural protein of the skin. Thinning of the collagen fibers in the skin reduces the strength of the skin and allows it to fold more easily. The more elastin and collagen you have, the fewer wrinkles you have. While we cannot change our genes (yet), good genes result in enhanced quantity and quality of elastin and collagen proteins on the skin, and this means smooth, firm, stretchable skin that retains its shape.
Even good genes, however, are affected by age and behavior. As we age, we gradually lose elastin and collagen. Sun exposure damages the genes that contain the programming to maintain our skin. Sun exposure results in tougher, less elastic skin, and excess exposure can result in leathery skin, sun damage and skin cancer. Smoking too, attacks good genes, causing thinning, stiffening and wrinkling of the skin, and not just on the arms. Weight gain and loss stretch the skin, uncoiling our elastin springs and over-stretching our collagen fibers. An entire branch of plastic surgery is based on reconstructing the skin after massive weight loss – Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery.
Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) Videos
What is an Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)?
Brachioplasty, or an Arm Lift, is a surgical procedure that can help improve the appearance of the arms by carefully removing the loose excess skin, and tightening the flabby upper arm tissue.
For large skin excesses, an incision is made along the inside of the upper arm. This allows for the direct removal of any loose skin and excess fat, and a closure that tightens the remaining upper skin. The result is a firm upper arm that stops waving when you do.
What Are Your Options?
What many people do not realize is that they have options for eliminating this problem and achieving the toned, slender arms they’ve always desired. Men and women with any amount of excess upper arm skin or fat can choose from a variety of arm lifting procedures and say goodbye to drooping, flabby arms forever. You can learn whether an Arm Lift or an alternative to the arm lift is best for you at your consultation appointment. Call us at (925) 943-6353 or use the contact form on our website to find out today.
Arm Lift Surgery
Traditional arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, is for patients with a large amount of excess tissue in the upper arms. This procedure improves the appearance of the arms by carefully removing excess skin and fat to tighten slack upper arm tissue. An incision is made along the underside of the upper arm, generally from the underarm to the elbow, and the loose skin and fat are removed. Internal sutures tighten and secure the underlying elastin and collagen tissues, and the skin edges are carefully aligned. The remaining upper arm skin is smoother over the new contour of the arms. This procedure results in firm, lean upper arms that don’t wave until you do.
Mini Arm Lifts and Mini Brachioplasty
Men and women with minimal skin laxity in the upper arms can benefit from Mini Arm Lift Surgery, or mini brachioplasty. This procedure utilizes a shorter incision along the arm, or an incision concealed within the underarm if possible, to give patients the sleek arms they’ll love to show off.
Patients whose upper arm fullness results mainly from excess fat may be candidates for Arm Liposuction. If your skin elasticity is generally good, and the skin is only minimally stretched, Liposuction can remove the excess fat through small incisions in the underarm or near the elbow. Candidates for this procedure can achieve svelte arms that will look fabulous in any sleeveless top or dress. While Liposuction is extremely effective at removing fat, when the arm skin is significantly loose, Brachioplasty is still the most effective choice.
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Presentation
Click on the video below to view an Arm Lift Video presentation. While this cannot substitute for an in-office consultation with our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, it can give you an idea of what to expect before, during and after your brachioplasty.
Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery
Dr. Mele is an Active Member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgery, Board Certified Plastic Surgeons dedicated to reshaping bodies after massive weight loss.
Dr. Joseph Mele has extensive experience helping patients after successful weight loss. Whether after Bariatric Surgery, or due to changes in diet and exercise, massive weight loss often leads to massive skin laxity. Dr. Mele prides himself on helping his patients look and feel better in their skin. Contact San Francisco Brachioplasty Specialist, Dr. Joseph Mele, in Walnut Creek, California, to learn more about the possibilities of an Arm Lift.
As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and an active member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Mele is a post weight loss and Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery expert. His extensive training, numerous prestigious Plastic Surgery society memberships and Board Certifications, all demonstrate his commitment to superior outcomes and patient safety, and make him uniquely qualified to shape your post weight loss body.
Schedule Your Personalized Brachioplasty Consultation
If you are interested in or have questions about any of our Arm Lift procedures, Dr. Mele is the Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with the knowledge and experience necessary to help determine which procedure is best for you. Call our practice at (925) 943-6353, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a personal consultation, and obtain the trim, attractive arms you deserve.