One of the most annoying areas of aging on the bodies of most women is the upper arms. What once were toned, shapely, and firm, the underside of our upper arms as we age tend to become loose, even in extreme cases flappy. Ugh.
It can be enough to make a woman avoid one of the great things about warm weather — sleeveless blouses and summer dresses. An arm lift with Dr. Malamet can keep those blouses in your active wardrobe and make you proud to show your arms to the world.
What is an arm lift?
You can do all the triceps exercises you want, but for some people, the skin and tissue on the underside of your arms get loose and saggy with the passage of time. If you’ve ever been heavier, this is especially true. That arm skin just won’t tighten back up.
In an arm lift, Dr. Malamet removes unwanted fat and excess skin from the upper arms and the area adjacent to the armpits. The result is upper arms that are more firm and contoured, upper arms you’ll proudly put on display in a spaghetti strap summer dress!
Would an arm lift help me?
You already know if you’re self-conscious about upper arm skin flapping back and forth. If you have loose, excess, or sagging skin on your upper arms that don’t respond to exercise, or if you’ve lost lots of weight that created the loose skin on your upper arms, an arm lift can help.
Dr. Malamet makes an incision on either the bottom of your arm or the backside. It runs from the elbow to the armpit. He will usually use liposuction to remove excess fat while tightening the underlying muscles and removing excess skin. If you don’t have too much excess skin, he may opt to perform a minimal incision arm lift, which uses only small incisions near the underarm area to tighten the upper arm. With either method, when the procedure is complete, you’ll go home with compression garments around your upper arms to help them adapt to their new tighter contour.
Recovery isn’t too hard
An arm lift is a satisfying procedure if you’ve hated your flappy upper arms. Most arm lift patients return to work after one week and can resume normal exercise and activity within a month, although you have to be somewhat careful about lifting heavy objects. Swelling can last, on and off for up to a couple months. Scars will fade over the next 18 months to where they will not be overly noticeable.
This summer, don that sleeveless blouse with abandon. Call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 and schedule a consultation for an arm lift.