Questions about Arm Lifts
Liposuction or Lift?
Patients with excess fat inside their arms are possible candidates for liposuction, but arm lift patients typically do not have excess fat as their primary problem. These individuals have excessive sagging and loose, hanging skin. The only way to correct this problem is a brachioplasty procedure. Patients with relatively good skin tone–but also excess fat in the arms–sometimes achieve their desired results with an exercise and diet regime that incorporates the use of weights.
What About Scarring?
It’s important patients understand scarring is a part of this procedure. Therefore, it is recommended patients avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe scars are a small trade-off for a new, shapelier arm. We will discuss scar care to assist in the healing process.
Arm lift patients often combine this surgery with another procedure. Some common techniques combined during what is known as an “upper body lift” include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), and breast surgery (breast lift). During your consultation, Dr. Jonov will discuss each surgery and make recommendations on whether these procedures should be done at the same time.
How Toned Will I Look?
Cosmetic surgeons perform arm lifts to remove hanging skin and fat. The only way patients build muscle is through strength training. Following surgery, once the arms fully heal, patients can resume exercise and weight training. This is a great way to add shape to the arms by toning and strengthening them.