Arm Lift After Massive Weight Loss
As people gain weight, most of the excess weight tends to accumulate around the mid-section. Yet that excess weight can also affect other parts of the body, such as the thighs, buttocks, neck, and even the arms. The shoulder and tricep area are particularly susceptible to excessive weight gain. When people lose a lot of weight, they may have a lot of loose skin afterward that won’t go away.
To remove the unwanted skin around the upper arms, Dr. Vishnu Rumalla can perform an arm lift (brachioplasty). The Fort Worth, TX team at Tarrant Plastic Surgery would like to cover the basics and the benefits of arm lift surgery below.
About Arm Lift Surgery
Arm lift surgery is a procedure that targets the loose and unwanted skin around the shoulders and triceps.
During arm lit surgery, a plastic surgeon makes incisions around the upper arm area. Excess skin and tissue is removed, and liposuction is performed to remove the last pockets of unwanted fat from the body. With that tissue removed, the remaining skin is tightened and redraped for a trimmer and more toned body contour.
Ideal Candidates for Arm Lift
The best candidates for arm lift surgery are people who have lost a lot of weight and are dealing with loose skin around the shoulder, arm pit, and tricep area. They should be in otherwise good health and able to undergo body contouring surgery without any risk to overall wellness.
During your consultation at our Fort Worth practice, we’ll be sure to go over the risks and benefits of arm lift surgery so you have a realistic expectation of what to expect.
Location of Arm Lift Incisions
The incisions during an arm lift are usually located in the armpit, extending along the underside of the arm/tricep toward the elbow. Patients who have a lot of excess skin can expect an incision extending all the way from the armpit to the elbow.
Will Scarring Be Visible?
Scarring after an arm lift will be visible for the first several weeks as patients heal. In the months following surgery, the incision locations will begin to fade. With proper aftercare over time, the scarring after surgery will fade.
If you have issues with excessive scarring in the past, we can alter the surgical treatment plan and your instructions for post-op care to avoid excessive scarring.
The Results of Arm Lift Surgery
The results of arm lift surgery can be remarkable. Patients will have trimmed and better toned arms thanks to surgery. The shoulder and tricep muscles will be more visible, which could give you a far more athletic appearance.
Other Body Contouring Options After Losing Weight
Arm lift surgery is just one body lift procedure to consider after massive weight loss. During your visit to our practice, we can discuss further procedures that can enhance your body contour and help get rid of unwanted skin and stretch marks.
Learn More About Arm Lift
If you would like more information about arm lift surgery and how it can benefit you, be sure to contact a board-certified plastic surgeon. You can reach Tarrant Plastic Surgery by phone in Fort Worth by calling (817) 813-8307, in Southlake by calling (817) 741-6801, and in Keller by calling (817) 741-6800.