Do you want sleek, taut, defined arms for summer? You are not alone. We all want great arms but that can be an elusive dream for some. Patients have a great deal of confusion on how to approach reshaping their arms. Should they have liposuction, CoolSculpting or skin removal? The great news today is these are ALL viable options and choosing a plastic surgeon with multiple tools in his arsenal is key to achieving the best result.
Liposuction is an excellent option for people with good skin quality and fatty fullness. Generally using two small incisions, one near the upper armpit and the other above the elbow, the liposuction cannula can de-bulk the arm giving optimal results. You will be required to wear a compression garment for up to four weeks after the procedure to minimize fluid buildup and help the skin re-drape for the ultimate outcome.
CoolSculpting is a fantastic option for those with minimal excess fat and good elasticity. This procedure takes place in the office with final results revealed in approximately 90 days. Great for those looking for a ‘lunch time’ procedure with no down time.
Brachioplasty or arm lift is appropriate for patients with moderate to severe skin laxity and excess loose skin. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual statistics shows exponential growth of upper arm lifts. This procedure involves an incision in the armpit area extending as far down as the elbow if necessary to remove sagging skin. There will be a permanent scar but it will fade dramatically with time and for patients that have no other option than skin removal, the trade off is acceptable.
So raise those arms and rejoice! We have more options and new techniques to achieve the ultimate arm. Put down that dumbbell if you are not seeing the results you want, pick up your phone and treat yourself to a complimentary consultation to see what is best for you.