There are two ways to get sexy, shapely upper arms. One of them is to workout diligently day in, day out, with push-ups, lateral raises, curl ups and more.
When this method fails, because of ageing or weight loss, more and more women are turning to the second option – surgery. In fact, plastic surgeons worldwide are reporting a surge in the popularity of “brachiaplasty”.
Often called tuck shop lady arms, or batwings, women know that saggy, loose upper arm skin can take the joy out of wearing sleeveless tops or dresses. You are ever-conscious of loose, untoned skin being exposed.
But skin tightening treatments can address this problem area, leaving you with arms you’ll love. No more hiding arms under long sleeves. Brachiaplasty can let you dare to bare.
Are you a good candidate?
If you have lost a lot of weight and find that you have spare skin on your upper arms, braciaplasty is ideal for you.
For other women, who find that their exercise regime just can’t tone up arm bags, this procedure is also ideal.
What surgery involves
The standard brachiaplasty incision extends from the underarm to the elbow; however the full length incision is not always necessary. During a skin tightening procedure, you may also need liposuction if you have excess fatty deposits, for an overall firmer look. This will be decided in your initial consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon Dr Dilip Gahankari.
You will need a general anaesthetic to undergo this procedure. Smokers are at increased risk of complications from any surgery. If you are serious about undergoing cosmetic surgery, you should try to quit smoking.
After surgery care
While you may be excited about showing off your new arms, you’ll need to rest as much as possible post-operation and follow instructions on looking after your wound.
It’s advised that you avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for at least one month.
You’ll also need to wear a compression garment for several weeks. After that, you’ll probably want to shop for a new wardrobe, or get out some of those dresses and tops you’ve pushed to the back of your closet.
What about scars
You may worry that you will trade flabby arms for scarring. Fortunately this is not the case. Plastic surgeons know how to make scars less visible and, ideally, not visible, in several ways.
The long incision for brachioplasty, from armpit to elbow, is hidden by placing it on the inner aspect of the arm next to the body — where no one can see it.
What other procedures are available
If you have lost a lot of weight, you may be unhappy with sagging skin in more areas than your arms.
While losing weight has many health and wellbeing benefits, many people are unhappy with what’s left over on their mid-section, lower torso, abdomen, waist, inner/outer thighs, buttocks, and/or hips. This is the case even with those they exercise regularly.
A tummy tuck or a body lift can removes the excess skin and fat, providing a solution to sagging or excess skin. Dr Dilip can assess your individual case and tailor the procedure to suit your needs.