Stubborn fat and sagging skin can cause people to feel self-conscious. They are often genetic, and they can also be unwelcome side effects that accompany pregnancy or bariatric surgery.
After several months of strict dieting and tiresome exercise, one expects a healthy and toned body. Unfortunately, no amount of push-ups can help to tighten the skin – stretched skin loses its capacity to shrink after weight loss. And while exercise enlarges and tones muscle, but when it comes to stubborn fat, it can only do so much. For aged individuals with reduced stamina, exercise isn’t even an option.
If you’re looking for a way to reduce the drooping skin and excess fat deposits in your upper arms, the solution is brachioplasty surgery.
Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces excess sagging skin, tightens the underlying supportive tissue, and reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper-arm region. The surgery imposes no specific restrictions on age. Surgeons expect the individual to be non-smokers at an appropriate weight. Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations are optimal candidates.
• Individuals with excess sagging skin
• An individual with relatively stable weight
Preparation for surgery involves:
• A medical evaluation
• Avoiding taking any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or supplements
Brachioplasty surgery is a three-step procedure:
Anesthesia – To avoid discomfort during surgery, anesthesia is administered. The two most common choices are local anesthesia with intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Depending on numerous factors, the doctor will prescribe the appropriate option.
The incision – Based on the amount of excess skin to be removed, the brachioplasty incision pattern and length will vary. It is a common practice to place it on the back of the arm; it can also be extended from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow.
Tissue alteration – Supportive tissue underneath the arm is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Excess skin is trimmed away, and excess fatty tissue is removed. The skin is softened over the new contours of your arm, and then the incisions are closed using medical stitches.
During brachioplasty recovery, bandages may be used to cover the incisions. Arms are wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to reduce swelling; this will help the skin better conform to the upper arms’ new contours.
For a time, it will be best to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise routines, and sports. You will need to stay home from work until your surgeon tells you that it is acceptable to return. Book follow-up appointments to ensure that your healing process is proceeding as planned and without complications.
Individuals looking to opt for brachioplasty are advised to learn more about the steps involved. It is advisable to discuss your surgical goals, drug allergies, and medical history with a skilled surgeon during a consultation. Plastic surgeons Doctors Andrew Ordon and Ritu Chopra will be happy to answer your questions, so contact our office and arrange a consultation.