Dr. Jack Peterson performs various body surgery procedures, including the abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck”), the Brazilian Butt-Lift and the thigh-lift to treat areas where sagging tissue, stubborn fat and stretched-out skin persist after significant weight loss or as a result of getting older.
But there’s another body area that is often affected by significant weight loss, aging and genetics: the upper arms. When the arms are affected by these factors, the result can be flabby arms, also known as “bat wings.” But this doesn’t mean you’re sentenced to a life of buying long-sleeved shirts or shirts that are too big so your arms fit. There are options.
In addition to performing lift procedures on other body areas, Dr. Peterson performs the brachioplasty/arm-lift procedure, too.
What Causes Flabby Arms?
The most common cause of flabby arms is the stubborn fatty tissue that can build up in the arms due to weight gain, family history or simply bad luck. For many people, no matter how healthy their diet or how often they work out, this stubborn fat doesn’t budge.
Another cause of flabby arms is extra skin. This excess skin is especially an issue in men and women who have gained weight and lost it rapidly. For example, women who gained a lot during pregnancy or individuals who have had weight-loss surgery frequently experience loose extra skin in the upper arms. This situation develops because while fat cells can shrink, skin cells stretched due to weight gain often do not shrink with sudden weight loss.
Flabby arm skin can be highly frustrating for those who have lost weight and love their new curves and body shape but feel stuck with arms they don’t love.
The third contributor to flabby arms is the combination of both stubborn extra fat and stretched excess skin. When these two factors come together, the result is a very saggy upper arm that can make you feel self-conscious in short sleeves and sleeveless clothing.
How Is Arm Sagging Corrected?
As we mentioned, Dr. Peterson performs the arm-lift procedure to treat saggy arms. The procedure, also known as the brachioplasty, has helped many men and women in the Topeka area feel better and more confident about the appearance of their arms.
Depending on the cause of your sagging arms, your arm-lift will be tailored to treat your problem areas. For example, if excess stubborn fatty tissue is your problem, Dr. Peterson will treat you with liposuction. If you have excess skin, it will be removed and tightened.
Depending on your particular situation, Dr. Peterson will give you options during your consultation.
Dr. Peterson performs the arm-lift procedure known as longitudinal brachioplasty, which involves an incision along the back of your arm. Although the incision is longer and potentially more visible than other options, it can dramatically reshape and define the upper arm area. If you have significant excess tissue in the upper arm area, you could combine your procedure with BodyTite, a minimally-invasive treatment designed to tighten skin and remove unwanted fat.
Is the Arm-Lift Surgery Painful?
Dr. Peterson specializes in minimal-pain brachioplasty procedures. In most instances, people who undergo the procedure can go home the same day and are back to work and regular routines within five days. That being said, we recommend that you avoid heavy lifting, strenuous activity and working out (including lifting weights) for at least eight weeks after your procedure, depending on Dr. Peterson’s evaluation of your recovery process.
How Soon After Weight-Loss Surgery Can You Have an Arm-Lift?
We recommend that you consider the arm-lift brachioplasty procedure once your weight has stabilized after weight-loss surgery. For most people, that’s at least six months. Ideally, your weight should be stable for at least three months before your procedure.
Waiting to have the arm-lift procedure can help improve the quality of your results and ensure that you’re getting enough calories and nutrition to enhance your healing after surgery.
Dr. Jack Peterson is a dual-board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in body-lift procedures, including the upper arm-lift. Dr. Peterson has helped reshape the bodies of many men and women and improve the appearance of their sagging arms.
If you’re interested in learning more about the arm-lift, schedule a consultation with us now. We’d love to talk to you about your arm goals – and goals for the rest of your body – and how we can help.