Arm Reduction / Reshaping
To trim, thin, shrink and/or shape the arms between shoulder and elbow, liposuction, surgical removal of excess skin and fat (brachioplasty), or some combination of these approaches is recommended. If skin elasticity is good and your upper arms are thicker than desired, liposuction produces a good result.
If there is loose or hanging skin, liposuction alone will not work well. Excess skin and underlying fat should be skillfully removed and remaining skin redistributed more tightly around a smaller arm. The surgeon must focus on important details. Shape of the arms must be tapered naturally and evenly on both sides. Dr. Laverson minimizes scars by locating them in the most obscure quadrant, by keeping them as brief as possible, and by meticulous closure without tension. Relief of tension should continue during the post surgical period, and you will play an active role. Dr. Laverson will supply elastic measured compression sleeves for you to wear for two weeks or so. After that, he will supply specialized skin tape with or without silicone scar pads to soften your scar, and recommend you use this for two to three months. Even so, surgical scar revision after a year or so is sometimes indicated. Dr. Laverson generally includes this in the cost of your initial procedure.
For a quality result, careful planning, diligent adherence to prescribed care, and follow up appointments with Dr. Laverson to monitor progress and detect problems are all important.