What do Jennifer Aniston, Michelle Obama and Jessica Biel all have in common? These women have all been noticed and praised for their contoured arms. Sculpted arms are desired by women, but not everyone can achieve this look from workouts alone. Sagging skin can change the appearance of arms, no matter how muscular or thin a person becomes. This is where brachioplasty comes into play.
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, reduces excess sagging skin, tightens the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the arm and reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region. Women often gain flabbier arms, known common (and dreadfully) as “bat wings,” after massive weight loss or natural aging.
This surgery received a 94 percent “Worth It” rating on realself. This procedure not only reduces fat, but also the excess skin. Women can be fit and have muscular arms, but still have loose skin. According to Zwivel, studies show that dramatic weight loss can cause irreparable damage to the skin’s elastin and collagen. Once skin is loose, it stays loose. Exercise isn’t always a solution.
In 2016, there were 17,860 arm lift surgeries, which was up four percent from the previous year. Brachioplasty has made leaps and bounds since 2000. Just 17 years ago, only 338 people in the U.S. were reported to have arm surgery with this procedure becoming one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries. Celebrities and Michelle Obama have been cited as the initial sparks of this contoured arm movement. Social media may also be a contributing factor.
The plastic surgeon will place an incision on the inside or the outside of the arm. Then, excess fat is removed with liposuction. Then, the doctor will tighten the tissue and remove excess skin. Finally, the doctor will smooth the skin over the new contour of the arm.
An arm reduction can reduce irritation of excess skin. It can also improve self esteem and increase wardrobe options. Being embarrassed of your arms can take a toll on your lifestyle. After noticing sagging, women often stop getting in swimsuits, wear sweaters constantly and stop posing for pictures. Brachioplasty can free you to live life without being self-conscious about your arms.
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