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What Is the Best Arm Lift After Weight Loss?

Posted November 08, 2022 in Arm Lift

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For many people, the arms are not the first part of the body that come to mind when they think of plastic surgery procedures. However, the reality is that cosmetic arm surgery is commonly performed each year.

In fact, over 14,000 arm lift surgeries were performed in 2020. The reason for this is that many men and women find themselves frustrated with excess fat and sagging skin on the underside of their upper arms. 

Profile of a woman pinching flabby skin under her arm

For men and women who have undergone massive weight loss, whether by natural means (diet and exercise) or surgical means (bariatric surgery), excess skin in the arms can be very pronounced, which can distract from the newer and slimmer shape of the body. 

Luckily, arm lift surgery can help to get rid of this sagging skin to allow your arms to compliment the rest of your body!

After extreme weight loss, it is important to know exactly which type of arm lift procedure will help you achieve the results you desire as well as which cosmetic surgeon is best for you. 

What Is Arm Lift Surgery?

Simply put, arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) is a cosmetic procedure in which sagging skin and excess fat in the upper portion of the arms is surgically removed. Additionally, the underlying tissues and remaining skin are tightened to help give patients a more contoured and toned appearance. 

This is particularly helpful to men and women who have undergone massive weight loss. While the underlying arm muscles may be toned, excess skin and fat can increase the flabbiness of the arm. Skin that has been stretched out over time can remain loose to give an unsightly appearance to the arms. This results in a condition known colloquially as “bat wings.” 

Arm lift surgery helps patients achieve a thinner, more aesthetic appearance to the arms.

What Makes the Aly-Posterior Scar Procedure Unique?

While there are many plastic surgeons who offer arm lift surgery, the truth is that not all of them can achieve the same level of results (especially the kind of results that patients desire). That is because many cosmetic surgeons do not fully understand or address the cause of the sagging arm skin, which can cause less than ideal results.

Most arm lift surgeries require an incision that stretches from the armpit to the elbow. Through this incision, liposuction is often used to remove any pockets of stubborn fat in the upper arms. The underlying tissue is then tightened and sagging skin is removed. Finally, the incision is closed, and you can look forward to your recovery. 

While the excess skin is removed with this type of arm lift, the reality is that most patients are left with a visible scar and have not fully treated the cosmetic issue at its core. 

Dr. Aly has spent years developing the right arm lift procedure for men and women who are left with excess fat and skin in the arms following their weight loss. 

The Aly-posterior scar arm lift is a procedure that takes many of the same concepts of standard arm lift surgery (such as the removal of fat by liposuction surgery and the trimming of excess skin); however, Dr. Aly focuses on correcting the issue at its root: the posterior fold of the arm. 

It is the posterior fold in which the excess skin develops and sags. So, with the Aly-posterior scar arm lift, the excess skin and fat on the posterior fold is eliminated, and the remaining skin matches the shape of the underlying muscles to create a more natural and contoured appearance. 

Before and after image showing the results of an arm lift surgery performed in Dallas, Texas.

What Are the Benefits of Aly-posterior Scar Arm Lift Surgery?

In addition to offering more natural results, the Aly-posterior scar technique helps to hide the visibility of the scar, since the incision is made along the posterior edge (back) of the arm. This incision placement also helps to limit possible harm experienced during the actual procedure because there are less important structures in the arm’s posterior.

After arm lift surgery, many patients find that they can return to participating in the physical activities they love, including sports and exercise. Finally, and most importantly, many report feeling more confident and comfortable in the way they look and feel.

Interested in Learning More ?

If you want to learn more about the Aly-posterior scar arm lift, or any of the other body contouring procedures that Dr. Aly offers in and around Dallas, TX, schedule a consultation by calling 214-645-3213 or filling out our online contact form.