Men and women are living longer and healthier lives than ever before, and while there are many benefits of adult fitness, it may also result in certain unexpected issues that need to be addressed. Specifically, as we grow older, our skin gradually loses much of its youthful elasticity. Where younger skin springs back into shape after it has been pulled or stretched, older skin can be much less resilient, and where diligent exercise or even a healthy, sensible diet can help tone muscle and burn fat, there is no simple way to restore the elasticity of skin that has been stretched out of shape. As a result, significant weight loss, whether through traditional diet and exercise or through advanced surgical procedures like bariatric surgery or liposuction, can cause the stretched skin that is often left behind to form unsightly, sagging folds. This can be particularly troubling in the upper arms, where the sagging “bat-wings” can be difficult to conceal. An arm lift procedure, also known as a brachioplasty, is specifically designed to help alleviate this difficulty.
An arm lift procedure works by making an incision along the inside or back of the arm. The underlying supportive tissue is then tightened and reshaped with internal sutures and any excess, remaining fat is removed through targeted liposuction. Finally, excess skin can be trimmed and smoothed over the new contour of the arm. In the past, the possibility of unsightly arm scars precluded many from undergoing a brachioplasty, but modern advancements in suture technology and Sciton® laser skin resurfacing have increased the popularity of arm lift procedures dramatically. Fractionated and Broadband Light™ laser treatments accelerate the scar maturation and color resolution processes, encouraging scars become finer and lighter much more quickly. According to annual statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of arm lift procedures performed in the United States has increased nearly fifty times over since 2000 alone.
It is important to remember that arm lift procedures, like all other body contouring plastic surgery procedures, are not intended to be a weight loss method in and of themselves and should not be used to serve as a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise program. Ideal candidates for arm lift surgery are adults with sagging of the skin in the upper arm area, who have already achieved their target weight and who plan on keeping their weight relatively stable. While body contouring plastic surgery procedures, like arm lifts, are intended to provide permanent benefits, future fluctuations in weight can stretch the skin further, diminishing the overall results.
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