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Aging, genetics, and massive weight loss can result in sagging skin on the underarms that not only looks unflattering but can also cause immense discomfort.
Arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that treats sagging underarms by removing excess skin and fat while tightening the remaining skin.
This surgery provides benefits that go far beyond just improving the appearance: this surgery is a lifestyle change.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?
You Do Not Smoke
As with most plastic surgery procedures, you will be asked to refrain from smoking in the weeks leading up to your surgery as well as a few weeks after your operation. This will include removing all products that contain nicotine, such as nicotine gum, patches, snuff, chewing tobacco, and cigars.
Nicotine can delay wound healing, lead to infection, cause blood clots, and increase your risk of stroke.
You Are Generally Healthy
Being generally healthy is a staple requirement for most plastic surgery procedures. This is important because, if you are not healthy, there is a chance for increased complications.
Someone with a serious medical condition should discuss this condition with their plastic surgeon during their consultation.
You Have Excess Skin Under Arms
Excess fat and sagging skin underneath the arms may be a result of the loss of skin elasticity that comes with the aging process.
The objective of arm lift surgery is to remove excess skin and fat to reveal more toned and defined arms. You are the right candidate for arm lift surgery if you have hanging skin on your arms.
You Experienced Massive Weight Loss
Most patients who choose arm lift surgery have recently lost a significant amount of weight that has left excess skin on their arms. You should wait six months after your weight loss, so your weight can stabilize.
This is important if you want to ensure your arm lift results are long-lasting. If you gain weight after the surgery, the quality of your results will be diminished.
You Have Realistic Expectations
It is important to have realistic expectations of your arm lift surgery. Your plastic surgeon will do their best to remove excess skin to reveal arms that are more defined and sculpted, but even plastic surgery has its limits.
The results may not meet your intended goals, which could require more body contouring procedures, such as liposuction, to achieve your goals.
What Risks Are Associated With Arm Lift Surgery?
Potential risks are part of all plastic surgery procedures.
Some potential risks with arm lift surgery risks include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Permanent scarring
- Fluid buildup
- Blood vessel damage