Our arms are a highly visible part of our body, even if we cover them with clothing. We use our arms all the time to wave, write, lift things, or even just to reach for a fork at the dinner table. We put our arms around friends and loved ones for hugs and use them to gesture in conversation. However, with a great amount of weight loss, the upper arms are often left with an excess of skin, fat, and other tissue creating an unsightly appearance to the area. No matter how fit you are, you may feel ashamed or embarrassed to bare your arms in public, and the excess skin may also be uncomfortable. For many men and women with excess skin and tissue in the upper arms after weight loss, an arm lift may have several benefits.
The problem with excess upper arm tissue
Those with excess skin on the upper arms know just why this is a problem. It is embarrassing to raise your arm in a wave only to have the skin on the back of arm hanging down uncomfortably and waving as well. In addition to a less than appealing appearance, excess skin and tissue may be uncomfortable. Depending on the amount of tissue, it may be difficult to find long-sleeved tops that fit comfortably. Altogether, these effects may result in reduced self-esteem or poor body image no matter how healthy you are and no matter how great the rest of your body looks and feels.
The benefits of an arm lift
An arm lift comes with numerous potential benefits. The most obvious benefit will be visible with tighter, more toned arms. However, for some the biggest benefit may simply be the ability to lift the arms in a wave or an affectionate embrace without embarrassment. As a result, patients may feel more willing to engage in social and physical activities that they may have previously avoided.
The removal of this excess tissue may also make personal hygiene a bit easier, allowing for the ability to reach further across the body when washing or applying deodorant or lotion, or when shaving the under the arms. It is commonly combined with liposuction to achieve the best contour. When the appearance of the upper arms is improved as well as the ability to move comfortably, you may find your self-esteem boosted and your body image improved. With greater confidence and body image, you may find yourself enjoying life a bit more, even if you already feel a high level of life satisfaction.If you have been plagued by excess skin and tissue in the upper arms, you may benefit from brachioplasty or an arm reduction. To learn more about arm reduction surgery and the associated benefits, call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices or (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City office to schedule a confidential consultation.