To trim, thin, shrink and/or shape the arms, liposuction (removes fat through tiny scars) or brachioplasty (arm lift — removes fat AND extra hanging skin with larger scars) or some combination of liposuction and brachioplasty is recommended. If your arms seem fat and your skin elasticity is good, liposuction produces a good result. After fat is sucked out, the elastic skin shrinks down and the arm is smaller, and trim. If there is extra loose skin on your arms that doesn’t seem elastic, but seems to sag, then removing fat alone by liposuction may cause extra skin to sag even more. Liposuction alone can cause the arms to look worse if extra saggin skin isn’t tightened. If your arms seem to have extra loose hanging skin, this skin must be removed to produce a thin arm size and trim shape. In this case, Brachioplasty (“arm lift”) is the preferred choice. Arm contouring is a procedure most frequently performed for women. Aesthetic improvement in masculine arms can usually be accomplished by a combination of weight control and improved muscular development by strength training.
Brachioplasty (brachio=arms, plasty=to mold, to form) Trims Size and Shape of Arms by Removing Extra Arm Skin AND Fat
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, the entire procedure usually lasting two hours (one hour for each side). 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 custom fitted elastic measured compression sleeves from Design Veronique, Medical Z, or Wells-Johnson 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.