Can an Arm Lift Get Rid of Stretch Marks on My Arms?
If you have stretch marks on your arms, you may wonder if an arm lift can help. This surgical procedure is highly effective at removing unwanted skin and fat from the arms. But does it get rid of unsightly stretch marks? Here, we look at what causes stretch marks and whether surgery is the answer to getting rid of them.
What Are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are a type of scar that forms if the skin stretches and then shrinks very quickly. One example of when they can occur is after a considerable weight loss. For some people, they may be virtually invisible, but for others, they may look very noticeable. For some people, they blend in with the skin, but for others, they are a stark color contrast. Some people are embarrassed by their appearance and try to cover them up. That isn’t practical for people who enjoy sunbathing or swimming, or even during hot weather. Therefore, finding a way to eliminate stretch marks is the best course of action if they cause you embarrassment.
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Do Non-Surgical Treatments Get Rid of Stretch Marks?
There are a number of non-surgical treatments on the market today that claim to eliminate stretch marks. Some of the most common include chemical peels, IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments, and laser skin resurfacing. All of these treatments remove the skin’s surface layers and stimulate the healing response of the body. Therefore, they claim to improve the tone and texture of the skin. Yet, while these treatments may improve the appearance of stretch marks, it isn’t guaranteed. The only guaranteed way to eliminate stretch marks is to physically remove the skin. On the arms, a brachioplasty (or arm lift) is necessary to eliminate stretch marks since this procedure removes the skin.
What Is an Arm Lift?
Brachioplasties are surgical procedures that removes any excess skin and fat from the upper arms. If you have sagging skin on your arms, a brachioplasty is an ideal solution. The surgeon performs the procedure under a general anesthetic. You won’t be awake during the procedure, and you’ll feel no pain. The surgeon will cut away the excess fat and skin from the upper arms. They will re-drape the skin and suture it together, creating a slimmer, more attractive arm. Afterward, the arms look tighter and more contoured. There is quite a lengthy recovery period, though. Some scarring will also occur, although a skilled surgeon can hide the scars well. Eventually, they will fade and be barely noticeable.
Does A Brachioplasty Remove Stretch Marks and Scars?
A brachioplasty can potentially remove stretch marks and scars from the upper arms. It may remove some or all of the stretch marks depending on the extent of the procedure. The surgery works because it physically cuts away the skin. So, if the skin the surgeon removes has stretch marks on it, it permanently removes them. It’s important to note that an arm lift will only address stretch marks under the arms. If you have stretch marks on the tops of your arms, a brachioplasty cannot get rid of them. It’s also important to be aware that even if your stretch marks disappear, you’ll have scarring from the procedure. These may also cause you embarrassment. However, if you choose a skilled and experienced surgeon, they will ensure your scars are well hidden.
Am I A Good Candidate for A Brachioplasty?
If you’re considering a brachioplasty, it’s crucial to note that you have to be a suitable candidate for the procedure. A good candidate will be in good overall health and will be around the right weight for their height. They will be a non-smoker and non-vaper or be willing to quit before and after the surgery. They must have realistic expectations of their outcome and be committed to living a long-term healthy lifestyle. They must also be willing to follow their surgeon’s instructions and advice before and after their procedure.
Simply having stretch marks on your upper arms isn’t sufficient cause for an arm lift. To perform this surgery, you must have some loose tissue. If you have tight skin and no excess fat on your arms, there’s nothing to cut away or re-drape. However, many people who have stretch marks on their arms also suffer from excess upper arm skin. Rapid weight loss is a common cause of stretch marks, because your body may have excess skin when weight loss happens quickly. Therefore, a brachioplasty may be the ideal solution for you, solving two problems at once.
Is An Arm Lift Right for Me?
If you’re wondering whether a brachioplasty is the right choice for you, you should arrange a consultation. A skilled and experienced surgeon is the best person to determine whether you’re suitable for an arm lift. Call the ArtLipo team in Tampa, Florida, now to arrange your appointment.
Dr. Hamwi is an aesthetic plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgical and non-invasive procedures. After completing residencies in both plastic surgery and general surgery as well as a fellowship at Harvard University, Dr. Hamwi then went on to pursue an aesthetic surgery fellowship at one of the country’s most competitive programs in Manhattan, New York. Less than one percent of plastic surgeons have completed such specialized training.