Arm Yourself: When To Consider an Arm Lift

When we think of the body’s most common problem areas, the stomach, hips, and thighs immediately spring to mind. For up to 80% of women, however, it’s the upper arms that really fan the flames of insecurity. Excess skin and fat on the arms can lead to the development of unsightly hanging folds, sometimes referred to as “bat wings.” This condition can affect even very slim, fit women and becomes more noticeable with age. Sagging arms may also develop on people of both genders after significant weight loss.

Unfortunately, because this issue receives little attention in the media, many women don’t realize that bat wings are treatable. When exercise fails to restore lean upper arm contours, plastic surgeons recommend using arm lift (brachioplasty) surgery to remove loose brachial skin and fat. By directly addressing the core problems that cause bat wings, arm lift surgery produces noticeable and long-lasting improvements in arm shape. Here’s how to tell whether or not this procedure might be right for you:

3 Signs You Should Consider an Arm Lift

  1. Your arms look flabby even though you exercise regularly.

Flabby-looking arms don’t necessarily indicate the presence of excess weight if you’re female. For genetic and hormonal reasons, women’s bodies are prone to storing additional subcutaneous fat on the upper arms and chest. Over time, the weight of this fat stretches the skin, causing it to sag. If you have good upper body strength and your BMI is within the normal range, your flabby arms are probably the result of genetics or aging, not poor fitness.

If the skin on your upper arms visibly hangs down when you raise your arms (that is, you can pinch at least an inch of loose skin), then an arm lift might be right for you. Having rolls of excess skin around your bra line, or having arms that look disproportionately full and soft (compared to the rest of your torso), can also indicate the need for brachioplasty.

  1. Your upper arms cause you physical discomfort.

Do your upper arms jiggle when you exercise? Do you experience chronic chafing or redness around your bra line or under your arms? If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions, arm lift surgery could potentially make you more comfortable. Removing loose skin and fat from your upper arms will eliminate the friction that causes under-arm irritation.

  1. You feel very self-conscious about how you look in short sleeves.

When you find yourself avoiding T-shirts and bathing suits because your arms don’t look toned anymore—despite your best efforts at the gym—then it’s probably time for a change. Removing loose brachial skin and fat allows for better bicep definition, restoring a strong, lean, and youthful look. If your toned arms used to be your favorite feature, this operation can help you get them back.

Arm lift surgery gives eligible candidates the freedom to exercise comfortably and wear seasonal clothing without embarrassment. If you’re ready to say goodbye to bat wings forever, our doctors can help: Just contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg at (540) 371-7730 to arrange a consultation.

I Got Bariatric Surgery, Now What?

Bariatric surgery can be a life changing procedure. In fact, 95% of people who underwent weight loss surgery claim that their quality of life has improved somewhat. But what happens afterwards? What kind of lifestyle changes should you expect after bariatric surgery?

The Effects of Bariatric Surgery

After bariatric surgery, you’re expected to lose on average about 40-50% of extra weight. This can change your entire body chemistry and food processing mechanism.
For instance, you might experience things like:

  • Dumping- a term for nausea, vomiting, and weakness after eating foods high in sugar
  • A lack of absorption of nutrients like iron and vitamin D

Nutrition with Bariatric Surgery

But with the right lifestyle changes, you can continue to improve the results of your bariatric surgery.

  • Eat small meals: after surgery, your stomach will shrink to hold about 1-4 oz. of food. So, remember to eat small, frequent portions
  • Eat about 60-80g of protein each day, but don’t exceed 30g in one sitting!
  • Keep hydrated
  • Consult with a dietitian to make sure you’re getting all the proper nutrients in your new diet
  • Consult with a physician to see if you need to take vitamin supplements
  • Have a regular exercise routine

Body Contouring

Massive weight loss can also lead to excess skin sagging, but that can be fixed through additional surgical procedures called “Body Contouring.” What procedure you get depends on what area you want to work on.
One procedure is called a Body Lift, but technically, it’s a series of procedures:

  • tummy tuck that flattens the tummy
  • A lateral thigh lift, with liposuction, tightens the skin around the thighs
  • A buttock lift, with liposuction, removes fat and tightens skin to create smoother curves

You can also get a brachioplasty, otherwise known as an arm lift, to remove fat and excess skin for a firmer upper arm.

Depending on what areas you want to target, different procedures can be performed together or done at a later time. Either way, you can completely customize your body contouring experience. If you consult with a surgeon, you can find out which of these procedures are right for you and when it’s the right time to get them.

Body contouring can really emphasize how hard you’ve worked to lose weight. If you feel like post-bariatric surgery is for you, don’t hesitate to contact the Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg for a consultation with their surgeons.