Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Richard H. Lee realizes that, over time, certain factors such as major weight fluctuations, hereditary traits or the natural aging process can cause the skin to lose its elasticity. As this happens, the loose skin begins to sag and hang off the body. These factors can also cause localized pockets of fat to become stuck underneath the skin.
Drooping skin and stubborn deposits of fat frequently develop in the upper arm region, resulting in a look sometimes referred to as “bat wings.”
Although it is preferable for individuals to contour their body by making healthy lifestyle choices, sometimes following a healthy diet and exercise program is simply not enough. Aerobic and strength training can help individuals reduce their overall body fat percentage and improve their muscle tone. However, once the skin’s elastic quality has been lost, surgery is the only effective way to eliminate the loose excess skin.
To this end, Dr. Lee performs arm lift surgery to remove the excess skin and fat from the upper arm area, giving you the sleeker arm contour you desire.
What to Expect During Arm Lift Surgery
Before starting arm lift surgery, general anesthesia is administered, so the patient does not feel a thing during the entire duration of surgery. Arm lift is an outpatient procedure, so patients can recover in the comfort of their own home after surgery.
To begin the body contouring procedure, Dr. Lee makes an incision either on the underside or the backside of the upper arms. The surgeon chooses the positioning and pattern of the required incision based on the patient’s unique anatomical needs and aesthetic desires.
Although the incision typically results in a scar, Dr. Lee takes care to position any incisions in areas of the body that are not easily visible to others, such as the inner underside of the arm, from the armpit to the region just above the elbow, or along the long backside axis of the upper arm. (In addition, taking proper care of the incision sites after surgery will further minimize the appearance of scars.)
Dr. Lee performs liposuction, if required, and then eliminates the surplus skin from the upper arm region. The plastic surgeon repairs the supporting tissues by strategically placing internal sutures. He next pulls the remaining skin taut, draping it over the new, sleeker arm contour. Finally, he closes the incisions with sutures, and dresses the upper arm area with bandages and a compression garment over the bandages. The compression garment helps minimize swelling and provides additional support to the tissues as they heal.
How to Care for Your Arms After Surgery
It is crucial that you adhere to the following instructions after arm lift surgery to ensure the best results possible and to decrease the risk of post-surgical complications.
Schedule an Arm Lift Consultation
The upper arms are one of the most difficult areas to tone and tighten through exercise alone. Dr. Richard H. Lee is pleased to offer arm lift surgery to help men and women get the look they desire.
Find out if an arm lift is right for you by calling 949-548-9312 today. Richard H. Lee, MD Plastic Surgery serves Newport Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana and nearby areas of California.