Arm reduction surgery isn’t talked about in the media as often as other types of procedures, but it’s experienced a tremendous rise in popularity in recent years. Arm reduction, or brachioplasty, has increased more than 4,000 percent since the year 2000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Although the arms don’t get as much attention on the red carpet as say, breasts, a person’s arms play a big role in how fit, healthy, and youthful they look. If you’re sporting short sleeves or a strapless dress with the dreaded “bat wing” effect with sagging or excess skin and fat, you may feel self-conscious and even embarrassed.
This is a common problem for people who have lost weight through lifestyle changes or bariatric surgery, as well as those who are simply genetically predisposed to upper arms that are not toned or trim. Just like any part of your body, genetics play a role in its shape — and spot-reducing with diet and exercise simply isn’t possible.
If you’re considering an arm reduction, these Q’s and A’s may help you with your decision:
What can an arm reduction do for me?
An arm reduction involves removal of excess and sagging skin and tissue with carefully placed incisions. The remaining skin is tightened and smoothed. It also removes excess fat when needed. An arm reduction can restore a more youthful and attractive appearance to the upper arms and correct issues resulting from genetics, gravity, normal aging, or weight fluctuations.
Does it include liposuction?
Most patients benefit from liposuction on the arms before the skin is tightened and reshaped. This gives you a sculpted and lean look. SmartLipo™ is often used with an arm reduction because it works well on smaller areas and helps the skin to retract in a less invasive procedure.
What is the recovery like?
This surgery offers a dramatic improvement in appearance without a lot of downtime. Most patients report that any discomfort is managed easily with proper pain medication, and may be back to work in as little as five days for desk and office jobs. Heavy lifting should be avoided for about 14 days or as long as your surgeon advises.
Where is the incision made?
The incision is made on the underside or back of the arm, depending on your individual shape and needs. A skilled surgeon will be able to camouflage the incision as much as possible, and most patients are extremely satisfied with the appearance of their arms after surgery.
To see some of the amazing results for yourself, view our before and after photos and ask to see photos during your consultation. If you’re ready to talk with a qualified plastic surgeon about getting leaner, sexier arms, contact Monarch Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation!