Arm Lift Questions & Answers Los Angeles

Liposuction vs. Brachioplasty

Nobody wants to have surgical scars on their arms if can avoid it. As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, I always get asked by women if they can get away with just doing liposuction in order to reduce the size of their arms. The answer to this important question is- It all depends on skin elasticity, amount of excess fat and its relative proportion to excess skin. If a person is young, has good skin elasticity, no stretch marks, has not had a history of major weight loss, and has not experienced episodes of alternating moderate weight gain and loss; then, liposuction by an expert plastic surgeon can be a good option for reducing the size of their arms. In this group of Los Angeles women liposculpture alone can most likely remove excess fat and tighten upper arm skin.

On the other hand, if the patient had lost significant amount of weight, and has poor skin elasticity along with excess arm skin folds, the only viable option is to undergo an Arm Tuck or Brachioplasty.

There are yet other groups of women who have not had massive weight loss, and either as a result of aging, sun damage, or just poor skin elasticity, have loose and flabby arms. Liposuction will not benefit these patients who would need to undergo Brachioplasty or Arm Tuck in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills.

Finally, there are women who are definite candidates for Brachioplasty but would also need to have there excess arm fat liposuctioned at the time of their Brachioplasty. In these patients a Brachioplasty and Liposuction are combined.

When Will I Notice the Results of Brachioplasty/ Arm Tuck Surgery?

You will notice dramatic results with respect to loss of excess skin as soon as your plastic surgeon changes your dressing after cosmetic surgery. At this time the scars are rather fresh and prominent. It usually takes about 6 to12 months for these scars to settle and gradually fade.

How Prominent Are The Scars?

A long scar will extend the length from your armpit to your elbow. In some patients these scars heal very well and become faint with time.

However, only the location of the scars is predictable. The intensity, color, and thickness of the scars from Brachioplasty are not predictable, despite skin tone or ethnicity.

What If Permanent Scars Are Unacceptable to Me?

Accepting the permanency of these scars is the biggest predicament for many patients.

For the majority of patients, however, losing their “bat wings” makes the scars tolerable. Patients who do not regard this as a good “trade off” should not undergo Brachioplasty/Arm Tuck.

What are Some of the Benefits of Brachioplasty/Arm Lift?

Most patients seek aesthetic improvements – arms that are once again firm and toned. However, this is just one of the many benefits of this procedure.

Benefits also include an end to the rashes that develop when excess arm skin sticks to armpit skin and to the chest, an improved ability to exercise and the ability to wear clothes comfortably.

Will Brachioplasty/Arm Lift Improve My Muscle Tone?

While Beverly Hills Brachioplasty reduces flabbiness and improves contour, you will need to exercise regularly to firm the muscle beneath the skin. It will be helpful to do so before the procedure, as well.

Is Brachioplasty Always Combined with Liposuction?

Not necessarily. Although Liposuction is not an essential part of an Arm Tuck, some plastic surgeons utilize it as a way of dissecting and separating the deep tissues from the skin flaps. At times liposuction is also performed with brachioplasty in order to thin out the remaining skin flaps.

Other Than Liposuction, is Brachioplasty/Arm Lift Performed with Other Procedures?

As more Los Angeles men and women lose massive amounts of weight, many plastic surgeons will perform procedures such as Body Lifts, Thigh Lifts, Tummy Tuck, and Buttock Lifts on patients who have had Brachioplasty

A common method is to precede Brachioplasty with the Body Lift and allow three months in between the procedures. However, the Brachioplasty can be performed simultaneously with a Breast Lift (Mastopexy) or Breast Reduction.

During your consultation, Dr. Younai reviews pros and cons of the Extended vs. Axillary Brachioplasty vs Liposuction, potential risks and complications of each type of surgery, recovery course, pre and post operative instructions, and esthetic outcomes. There are also many before-and-after pictures and high resolution images of Arm Tuck/ Arm Lift available in our photo gallery. Here you can compare these results to that of the Liposuction of the Arms.




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