What Are My Options When Getting an Arm Lift?
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From day to day, we use our arms for all kinds of tasks, whether lifting household objects or performing an expressive dance with a loved one. Our arms are an extension of who we are, both physically and emotionally, allowing us to display everything from joy to affection.
While the arms may not be the first thing people consider when they think of beauty, the arms can play a major role in how youthful and attractive one’s overall appearance looks. Fortunately, Dr. Guy offers the standard arm lift, limited-incision arm lift, extended arm lift, and arm lift with liposuction to help you achieve the shapely arms you want.
Here we will expand on these techniques and how they differ from one another to give patients with aging arms an introduction to solutions designed with their needs in mind.
What Types of Arm Lifts Are Available?
Standard Arm Lift
Standard arm lift procedures require an incision on the inside or back of the arm, depending on the strategy most suitable for your needs. Once your surgeon gains access to the underlying tissue, they will be tightened and repositioned to a more appealing contour. Internal sutures will hold these tissues in place as the skin is trimmed and gently draped over the tissue. External sutures will either be absorbable or removed within a week or two.
Limited-Incision Arm Lift
Limited-incision arm lift procedures are usually considered by patients who do not experience significant amounts of excess skin or fat in their arms. Instead, a limited-incision arm lift is focused on minimal and more conservative approaches to correcting loose skin under the arm.
Extended Arm Lift
Extended arm lift techniques are ideal for patients who suffer from moderate to severe skin laxity. The incisions required for an extended arm lift extend past the elbow and into the lateral chest. This incision placement makes extended arm lifts particularly useful when combining with breast augmentations, breast reductions, or breast lifts. It should be noted that an extended arm lift removes excess skin and tissue of the inner and lower arm, causing a fine line of scarring that may be slightly visible when the arm is raised. Scars fade with time, although they require consistent maintenance and care.
Arm Lift With Liposuction
Arm lift with liposuction surgery allows patients with mild to moderate skin laxity and excess fat to enhance better shapeliness and contours of their arms without noticeable or lengthy scarring. Liposuction arm lift scars are typically limited to two small incisions less than a quarter in length at the elbows’ level.
Liposuction is an important component of all arm lift procedures.
How Can an Arm Lift Improve My Lifestyle?
Depending on the arm lift option you and your surgeon choose, this surgery can improve a person’s lifestyle. Each arm lift option is carefully chosen according to your comfort level, allowing you to wear clothing you would have felt uncomfortable with otherwise and giving you newfound confidence in your appearance. The main concern with being embarrassed about your excess skin is that it keeps you from enjoying the fullness of your body and the world around you.
Brevard County, including Melbourne and Palm Bay, Florida, is full of opportunities to explore the outdoors and beach storefronts, making life all the more liberating once you have the excess sagging skin and fat removed from your arms. Cultivating an active lifestyle can also benefit significantly from an arm lift since chafing and irritation from excess skin and fat is no longer present. The training from lifting weights, pilates, yoga, and endurance sports can be fully maximized as nothing is holding you back from participating in an exercise fully.
Can Different Arm Lifts Cause Different Scarring To Develop?
Different arm lift options will cause different scar patterns to develop in accordance with the amount of excision needed to give your arms their sleek, slender, and smooth appearance. Patients that require more extensive and involved treatment tend to receive extended arm lifts that require extra time to recover and leave more significant scars. Still, this shouldn’t deter patients from receiving the proper care they need to satisfy their aesthetic goals.
For the extended arm lift, patients may feel more comfortable hiding the scar until it has faded enough to be unnoticeable. Scar healing varies from patient to patient, but it can be minimized by avoiding extended exposures to UV radiation and applying comprehensive skin and scar reduction therapies.
Commonly, arm lift surgery scars are tender the first month, becoming progressively less firm and discolored in the following six to eight weeks. After several months, the scars typically fade and smooth to blend into the surrounding skin.
Interested in Learning More About Arm Lift Surgery?
Dr. Roxanne Guy has dedicated her life’s work to helping patients find the path they need to uncover their most youthful and radiant versions of themselves. Arm lifts are an excellent treatment for those looking to improve their self-confidence and become more outgoing, as each arm lift option offers patients freedom from the burden of sagging arm fat and loose skin.