Are you interested in having brachioplasty arm surgery but have concerns that the results won’t be permanent? An arm lift or brachioplasty is an effective way to improve the appearance of the arms. If you have excess fat and skin on the upper arms, this surgery can remove it. However, as this is quite an extensive surgery, you’ll want to be sure the results are lasting. Here, we examine what is involved in brachioplasty surgery and how long the results will last.
What is Involved in Having a Brachioplasty?
If you have lots of loose skin and excess fat on your upper arms, a brachioplasty is ideal. The procedure involves making a long incision along the upper arm. The surgeon frees the skin from the tissues beneath and cuts it away along with the excess fat. They redrape the skin to the new arm contours. Finally, they close the incision with sutures. It is quite an invasive procedure, but it produces good results for people with loose skin. A skilled surgeon can place the incisions carefully to minimize the appearance of scarring. After this surgery, the patient has tighter, slimmer arms without hanging skin or fat. It’s important to note that this procedure only addresses fat on the underhang of the arm. If a patient has excess fat on the top or sides of the arm, they need liposuction too. A surgeon can carry out both procedures together to produce a complete result.
How Long Do the Results of an Arm Lift Last?
The results of an arm lift can be permanent. That is because the surgeon permanently removes the fat and skin. That means the arms will always be tighter than they would have been if you hadn’t had this surgery. But you can still gain weight in the future, which could negate the result of your surgery. Therefore, it’s crucial to live a healthy lifestyle in the long term. You may need another procedure if you put on weight and accumulate more fat on your arms.
When I Get Older, Will I Need Another Arm Lift?
As we get older, we’re all subject to the natural aging process. As we age, we can develop sagging skin all over our bodies. That includes the arms. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle, you can maintain the outcome of your surgery for as long as possible. Eating a healthy diet, avoiding smoking and drinking, and limiting sun exposure will help maintain your results. You should also make sure to exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight and keep your arm muscles toned.
Nevertheless, depending on your age when you have your arm lift, you may need repeat surgery eventually. It will depend on the condition of your skin as you age. Some patients maintain excellent skin quality well into old age. Others lose elasticity in their skin far sooner and need further treatment.
Is an Arm Lift Right for Me?
Arm lifts are a very effective way to improve the appearance of the upper arms. But they aren’t the right choice for everyone. Patients with a lot of excess skin may find an arm lift is an ideal solution, as it removes that skin. It is, however, an invasive procedure with a longer recovery period. Therefore, if you have excess fat and a small to moderate amount of excess skin, arm lipo may be best.
Although most cosmetic surgeons offer upper arm lipo, not all offer a comprehensive surgery. Most remove only the excess fat from the underhang of the arm. At ArtLipo, Dr. Su is a pioneer of the Celebrity Arms Technique. This procedure is very different from regular lipo. It involves treating the entire circumference of the arm. He removes excess fat from the top, sides, and underhang, as well as the shoulder. As a result, he can remove as much as 90% of fat. The procedure also achieves excellent skin tightening too. So, if you have moderate skin looseness, the Celebrity Arms procedure can help. Many patients benefit from this kind of lipo isn’t of having to undergo a brachioplasty.
How Can I Maintain the Results of My Surgery?
Of course, you’ll want to ensure that you maintain the results of your surgery in the future. There are many things you can do to ensure your arms stay looking their best. They include:
- Eating healthy. You should avoid processed foods and fatty, sugary foods and eat more whole grain foods.
- Drinking more water to stay well hydrated.
- Reducing your alcohol consumption.
- Stopping smoking and vaping.
- Exercising more. You should do both strength training and cardio to maintain your weight and tone your arms.
- Attending all of your follow-up appointments to ensure you’re healing properly.
- Wearing your compression garments as prescribed by your surgeon.
- Choosing the right surgeon who is skilled and experienced.
To find out more about Celebrity Arms liposuction or brachioplasty arm surgery, contact ArtLipo today.
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.