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Bothered by Saggy Arms? Consider the Benefits of an Arm Lift

All the biceps curls, triceps dips, and arm extensions you can possibly perform can’t firm up sagging skin at the back of your arm. The moves may give you toned muscles, but can’t do much to the excess tissue that makes you feel self-conscious. The skin may be loose due to genetics, weight loss, or the effects of gravity that kick in as you age.

An arm lift, also called a brachioplasty, is a very real solution. The procedure reduces the extra skin under your upper arm and then tightens and smooths out the tissue so you feel confident in sleeveless shirts again. Expert cosmetic and maxillofacial surgeon, Husam Elias, MD, DMD, FACS here at the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts performs this surgery.

Here’s why this simple procedure is something you should consider to restore your arms’ natural tone and contour.

The effects of an arm lift

An arm lift reduces sagging skin, sometimes referred to as “bat wings” or arms that keep waving after you’ve stopped. During the procedure, Dr. Elias tightens and smooths the underlying supportive tissue to restore the shape of your upper arm. He also reduces any localized pockets of fat in the upper arm area.

After the surgery, your arms will feel lighter and enjoy greater range of motion because of their decreased volume.

A relatively quick result

You’ll notice tighter, smoother arm contours almost immediately after an arm lift. You may have some swelling and bruising in the first days after the procedure, but these effects fade within a few weeks. Within six weeks of surgery, you’ll be able to resume your normal levels of activity and proudly show off your newly shaped arms.

The right candidate for a brachioplasty

If you’re bothered by sagging, loose skin at the back of your upper arms, you may be just the right candidate for an arm lift. You may notice your arms look full and floppy, even if you’re of a normal weight.

You may be bothered by the skin that waves and jiggles. You feel your arms aren’t shapely enough for you to wear sleeveless shirts, tanks, or swimsuits. An arm lift restores tone and shape to your arms so you feel better about yourself.

Many people who’ve lost a significant amount of weight -- naturally or with bariatric surgery -- opt for an arm lift to tighten up skin that was stretched out when they were at their heaviest. The arm lift makes their arms match the rest of their slimmer physique.

You should be a nonsmoker and in relatively good health prior to undergoing an arm lift. Dr. Elias performs a comprehensive evaluation of your health and makes sure he understands your cosmetic goals before recommending the procedure.

Long-lasting effects

Provided you maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid gaining a large amount of weight, the results of your arm lift should last for many years. Gravity and aging continue to affect your skin, so with time, you may notice some laxity, but it will be far less dramatic than it was before your surgery.

If you’re bothered by excess skin around your upper arms, and it hasn’t tightened up with exercise or weight loss, an arm lift may be the answer. Dr. Elias and our entire team at the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts is here to help you achieve a body that makes you feel confident and attractive. 

Call the office in Sherman Oaks, California, to set up a consultation, or book yours online so you can learn about arm lifts and all the body-contouring procedures available to help you look your best.

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