Achieve Slimmer Upper Arms after Massive Weight Loss
Dr. Daniel Huacuz and his team at Certified Bariatric Surgeons want you to feel great about your appearance. Following bariatric surgery and subsequent weight loss, you may find that you have sagging skin or excess fat deposits on your upper arms. If so, you may be a good candidate for an arm lift at our Tijuana, Mexico, practice. During this procedure, we will tighten sagging skin to give you firmer, slimmer arms. Following surgery, your upper arms will more closely match the overall contours of your body and your healthy new size. Our surgeons can use several techniques, and will carefully select the right type of arm lift for you.
Do I Qualify for Arm Lift Surgery?
If you have recently lost a significant amount of weight and have sagging skin on your upper arms, you may be a good candidate for an arm lift. However, to qualify for surgery, you must already be at a stable weight. If you plan to lose more weight, or if your weight is still fluctuating, you should postpone cosmetic surgery.
Additionally, you should be in good overall health. Arm lifts are very safe, especially when you select an experienced surgeon. However, if you have a compromised immune system, or a health condition that may impede healing, an elective procedure may pose unnecessary risks.
Understanding the Arm Lift Procedure
Before performing your arm lift, Dr. Daniel Huacuz will carefully plan the procedure. During your consultation, he will consider your overall goals to create a custom treatment plan. On the day of your surgery, you will receive general anesthesia, and will remain asleep during the procedure.
He will then make an incision in your upper arms and trim away excess skin, repositioning the tissues so that they rest smoothly against your arm. There are several types of incisions that he may use, depending on the amount of excess skin and the area that you want to address:
- Upper arm lift: We will create an incision along the inside or the back of your arm. This method may be appropriate if you have a moderate amount of excess skin.
- Extended arm lift: This may be the right solution if you have severely sagging skin. During this procedure, the incision will be made along the back of your arm and partway down the side of your chest.
- Mini arm lift: If you only desire a minor enhancement, we may recommend a mini arm lift. With this technique, we will place the incision in the underarm area.
In some cases, we may also perform liposuction before closing the incisions. You should expect to see some swelling and inflammation during your initial healing time, and you will need to wear compression bandages. In most cases, you should take two to three weeks off from work, and you should avoid strenuous physical activity during this time. Dr. Huacuz or a member of his team will advise you about when you can return to your normal exercise routine. Typically, it may be about six weeks before you can begin running, heavy lifting, and similar activities.
Risks and Benefits of Arm Lift Surgery
Arm lift surgery is very safe, and involves few long-term risks. But as with all surgery, there is a chance of infection, bleeding, nerve damage, or similar complications. Dr. Huacuz follows rigorous safety protocols, and his many years of experience help reduce these risks.
Arm lift surgery can enhance your overall figure, allowing your body to reflect the results of your weight loss surgery.
It is important to note that arm lift surgery will leave visible scars. However, Dr. Huacuz will place the incisions in discreet locations to minimize their appearance. Many patients feel that the benefits of arm lift surgery outweigh the resulting scars.
After your surgery, your arms will be firmer, and appear more youthful. This change can enhance your overall figure, allowing your body to reflect the results of your weight loss surgery. Ultimately, you may feel much more confident. You will be eager to show off your healthy new size, and may find that you are ready to engage in more social and physical activities.
Redefine Your Upper Arms Today
The doctors at Certified Bariatric Surgeons are highly experienced in performing arm lifts and can help you achieve the contours you desire. To learn more about arm lift surgery and if the procedure is right for you, contact our practice today.