If you’re one of the 20 percent of people who have overcome a weight loss struggle, reached your goal, and are currently in maintenance – congratulations! It’s an accomplishment that’s worth bragging about.
Whether you’ve lost a lot of weight through bariatric surgery or just plain diet and exercise, the drastic changes your body experiences are evident in your smaller clothing sizes and heightened energy. But sometimes extreme weight loss has its challenges too.
One side effect of losing a significant amount of weight is loose skin. And one of the most common places on the body for loose skin is the arms. So if you’re ready to take the next step and are considering an arm lift, read the information below to better understand the procedure.
What Is an Arm Lift?
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that helps tighten loose skin that is unable to be improved through diet or exercise. The surgery helps create a more defined look to the arms and highlights a tauter look.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?
Loose skin is the primary reason for needing an arm lift. Most potential arm surgery candidates have loose skin as a result of:
- Drastic weight loss
- Hereditary traits
Upon meeting for a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, the doctor will assess if you are a good candidate based on your health. A full health history, along with a detailed questionnaire, will determine if it’s a good fit.
Arm Lift Surgery Benefits
There are several benefits to have an arm lift surgical procedure. Among them are:
- More self-confidence
- Better defined muscle tone
- Slimmer arm silhouette
- More balanced body proportions
- Improved strength
- Hidden scars
Another great benefit of having the procedure is more options for clothing styles. Before, you might have hidden beneath flowy tops and long sleeves, but now you can wear sleeveless styles with confidence.
What to Expect Afterwards
After arm lift surgery, you will be given bandages or a compression garment to keep swelling to a minimum. A drain might also be used to release any fluids that might accumulate after the surgery. Antibiotics and pain medications are commonly prescribed and should be taken as instructed by your doctor.
Remember to write down any additional questions you may have about the recovery process before you return home. A follow-up appointment will also be scheduled shortly after the surgery to ensure you are healing properly.
When You’re Ready, We’re Here
If you believe you’d make a great arm lift candidate, we’d love to hear from you. When you’re ready to take the next step, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
We’re here to help you make one of the most important decisions of your life while boosting your self-confidence. For more plastic surgery procedures, explore our blog for the latest news. We look forward to hearing from you!