The arms can be a problem area for both men and women, and we live in a culture more body-conscious than ever. Flabby upper arms, with excess skin, fat, and tissue, can affect an otherwise beautiful figure. Sadly, no amount of diet and exercise can restore the firm, fit look of youth, no matter how hard you work at firming your upper arms. An arm lift in Austin could be the answer.
If you have lost a considerable amount of weight, you are more than likely going to need a surgical arm lift. A brachioplasty is the only procedure that addresses both sagging skin and fat. During arm lift surgery, Dr. Whitfield places an incision along the mid-portion of the upper arm or in the armpit. He then lifts and removes the excess skin, removes the excess fat with liposuction, and carefully closes the incision, leaving a slimmer, more attractive, youthful look to the upper arms.
Arm lift surgery cannot be achieved without incisions, which naturally leave scars. The incisions are as short as possible, placed on the underside of the arms, or in the armpit. Dr. Whitfield is always concerned with ensuring the results appear as fresh and natural as possible, but you must expect a surgical scar after arm lift surgery. For those who have lost a tremendous amount of weight, the minor issue of scars is worth the benefit. Arm lift surgery that includes skin excision is always performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgery center.
If the skin quality is still good but there is excess fat in the upper arms, Dr. Whitfield will perform an arm lift with liposuction alone. Liposuction is a great tool for re-contouring the upper arms. Dr. Whitfield will first inject the treatment area with a tumescent solution of saline, lidocaine and epinephrine. This helps decrease bleeding, a technique to dramatically reduces post op bruising. He then removes the fat with a traditional or power assisted device. For isolated areas, this is done under local anesthesia in the office. For multiple areas or in conjunction with other procedures, the procedure is performed at a surgery center.
The benefit of an arm lift with liposuction alone is dramatically less scarring. The downside is that it will not address loose skin, a primary concern for many people. For patients who have excess fat and a mild degree of skin laxity, Dr. Whitfield will often combine an arm lift with liposuction and BodyTite™, a new radio frequency treatment that significantly tightens loose skin.
BodyTite™ is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that uses RFAL, or Radio Frequency Assisted Lipolysis. In an arm lift with BodyTite™, a probe is inserted through 2mm or 3mm openings in the upper arm. It then heats both the skin and underlying tissues to safely melt away the fat, which is subsequently removed with liposuction. If loose skin is the only issue, reduction with liposuction is unnecessary, further simplifying the procedure. Skin is further tightened by the addition of radiofrequency microneedling with Fractora or Morpheus8.
The benefits of a BodyTite™ arm lift include:
The procedure is only aimed at certain patients as it cannot address large volumes of fat or excessively loose skin. For the right patient, Dr. Whitfield believes an arm lift with BodyTite™ is a game changer.
– Dr. Robert Whitfield, MD, FACS Plastic Surgeon – Austin, TX