If you struggle with feeling self-conscious about baggy upper arms, there is a solution. Saggy upper arms result from excess skin, fat, or weak muscles that cause the skin to sag and appear baggy. If this sounds like symptoms you face, then Brachioplasty might be an option to consider.
What is a Brachioplasty?
Brachioplasty is a plastic surgery procedure where excess bagginess in your upper arm is repaired. This procedure is also known as an arm lift and is necessary for several reasons. Brachioplasty involves repairing the skin and removing saggy or baggy areas on the bottom of your arm where the tricep muscle is located between the armpit and your elbow.
What causes excess arm bagginess?
The goal of Brachioplasty is to make your upper arm look smooth, fit, and toned. Many people could benefit from this procedure, and the cause of your baggy skin could stem from a wide variety of reasons.
When you gain a significant amount of weight, your arms get bigger, and the skin expands to keep from tearing. If you lose weight, your skin isn't always able to decrease with the arm and could result in excess bagginess in certain areas, including the upper arm.
Sagging skin is a natural side effect of aging because your muscles weaken, and fat accumulates faster than in younger individuals.
Do I need Brachioplasty?
In addition to causing self-esteem issues, excess arm skin can also cause a few physical problems. The extra skin beneath your arms can cause discomfort, rashes or inflammation, skin infections, and hygiene issues if dirt or debris gets trapped in the folds of your skin. If these are issues in your daily life, Brachioplasty may be a consideration for you.
Risks of Brachioplasty
Like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks to consider when getting a Brachioplasty. However, the risks are uncommon, and your plastic surgeon can inform you about your specific risks based on your overall health and lifestyle. Some possible risks may include:
- Scarring at the surgical site where incisions are made
- Your arms might appear uneven unless a skilled surgeon performs the operation
- You may lose some feeling in the area of your arm that the surgeon operated upon
- All surgical procedures have a minor risk of infection if the incision site isn't cared for
What to expect during Brachioplasty
Your surgeon will go over the details of your procedure with you before surgery because every operation is different. Typically, however, here's what Brachioplasty looks like.
- You'll schedule your operation, and your plastic surgeon team will go over your medical history and make sure you're a good candidate for the surgery.
- The surgeon will make an incision on the underside of your arms where the skin is sagging.
- The surgeon will manually tighten the tissue in the arm with stitches to keep them from causing further sagging.
- Excess skin and fat are removed on the inside and outside of the arm.
- Skin gets draped over the contours of your arm to make them appear symmetrical and to reduce scarring.
- The surgeon will use stitches or tape to seal the incision points.
Brachioplasty is an extremely successful and low-risk procedure that can repair your underarm sagging. It's important to adhere to the direction of your surgeon for proper recovery and aftercare to promote better healing.