Why Arm Lift Procedure Popularity Rose 4,378%
In April the American Society of plastic surgery reported a dramatic 4,378% increase in arm lift surgeries since the year 2000. Toning of the upper arms is one of the most difficult areas for most women. Even with a healthy diet and exercise regimen, one might not be able accomplish the desired look.
Why the sudden increase in arm lift procedures you might ask? The reason for the increase could be due to simple anatomy, as the upper arm area is very challenging to tone. Current trends could also play a role as well, with celebs like Michelle Obama, Jennifer Aniston and Kelly Ripa inspiring the public with their tightened and toned arms.
Arm Lift Benefits
An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, can completely reshape and contour the arm by removing loose arm skin and fat, sometimes called “bat wings”, resulting in a smooth, toned, and propitiate appearance.
The procedure helps many of our patients restore confidence in their appearance. It can help you live your life without feeling self-conscious about your arms. This procedure allows you to wear sleeveless blouses and shirts comfortably because you will feel proud of your toned and tightened arms.
About the Procedure
There are many different types of brachioplasty procedures, due to the major differences in the amount and location of excess skin in the arm. A mini arm tuck or axillary brachioplasty can be done if excess hanging skin is located within two inches from the armpit. The mini arm tuck involves the surgeon pulling up and tucking the excess skin into the armpit. However, if the excess skin extends out from the armpit to the elbow, a standard brachioplasty or full arm lift is the only viable option and it involves a complete removal of the arm flab.
Many brachial procedures are very similar with the doctor beginning by marking up the area of excess skin; this involves the patient either sitting or standing. Once the anesthesia is administered, the incisions are made on the inner and under arm surface. Typically, the pattern of skin removal follows a triangular or elliptical shape. Moreover, the surgical opening may run from the armpit to as low as the elbow.
The excess skin and fat is removed and the remaining skin is then stretched and sutured into place until finally the incisions are bandaged. On occasion, a drain may be needed to lead away excess fluids from the site of the incision. This allows for the skin to better adhere to the tissues underneath.
The Scar Issue
Unfortunately a standard arm lift does result in a scar that extends from the armpit to the elbow, running the length of the upper arm. We tell each of our patients to think carefully about this scar and its effect on the patient. One common questions we ask perspective patients is “Do you feel that the benefits of the procedure outweigh the scar?”
Arm Lift Cost
As with other procedures costs are primarily determined by geographic location, the experience of the individual surgeon, and where the operation will take place as well as the patients individual condition. Realself.com lists an average price of approximately $8,600 for an arm lift.
As with any elective surgery make sure to do your research, our arm lift surgery page can get you started with the basics. After doing some self-learning if you still find you are interested in an arm lift, I would encourage you to take the next step: find a board certified plastic surgeons in your area and going in for a consultation.
The surgeon can go over the procedure with you in depth, show you before and after photos of previous patients, and talk about the results you can achieve. There are also tons of great plastic surgery forums where you can talk to other women who underwent the procedure. This is a great source of information.
In the end, only you will know if an arm lift procedure is for you. Do your research, talk with other patients and make a pros and cons list so you can make the decision as well-informed consumer.
About The Author
Dr. Chuma Chike-Obi practices at Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Austin, Texas. He specializes in plastic surgery procedures, including facelift, blepharoplasty, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and reconstructive breast surgery.