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Shape and Tone Those Arms with Brachioplasty

April 10, 2019, 3:33 pm

Brachioplasty, also known as arm-lift surgery, is a procedure that focuses on one specific part of the body: the upper arms. If you have ever noticed drooping skin and fat under your upper arms, you have what are commonly known as bat wings.

People who have sagging skin and fat may feel less confident about their body. Brachioplasty surgery removes the excess skin and fat from the area in order to make your arms look lean and fit.

Why Do I Have Bat Wings?

There can be various reasons why upper arms start to develop bat wings, including rapid weight loss and the aging process. These affect the body in different ways.

  • Rapid Weight Loss: Skin is usually elastic, especially when we are younger. It is able to stretch out and later shrink back down with almost no apparent after-effects. However, this elasticity can become a burden in situations involving rapid weight loss. In such scenarios, although the body loses fat and gains muscle in order for the person’s overall weight to reduce, the skin cannot easily stretch back down to fit the body’s new contours. Instead, it sags in areas like the upper arms, thighs, or stomach.

  • The Aging Process: Aging is accompanied by several issues, and having sagging skin is one of them. Aging and the effects of gravity on the body take their toll over the years. As skin grows older, the rate of elastin and collagen protein production within the tissues declines. This causes it to lose its vitality and elasticity.

Why You Should Consider Brachioplasty

Brachioplasty has a high success rate and a high satisfaction rate. If you want to undergo surgery, you should ideally be a non-smoker whose BMI is within a healthy range and who does not have any underlying health conditions.

The procedure does not take much time to perform. Your surgery could be over in as little as two hours or less. At the start, Dr. Hlavacek will make an incision in your upper-arm area, usually on either the back or the underside of the arm. This typically stretches from the elbow to the armpit.

Once these incisions are created, Dr. Hlavacek will remove excess fat and hanging skin to reduce the appearance of sagginess and give the area a well-shaped appearance. The remaining skin will then be redraped. After the upper arms have been reshaped, the incisions will be closed with the help of surgical sutures.

Since the surgery is not a major one in comparison to various other procedures, you are unlikely to face complications. With brachioplasty, you can look forward to shapely, well-toned arms.

Contact Our Office to Learn More

Just like every plastic-surgery procedure, brachioplasty requires a consultation so that the doctor can better understand your aesthetic goals. To set up an informative consultation regarding brachioplasty surgery, contact our office today. With the help of Dr. Matt Hlavacek, a skilled surgeon with numerous satisfied patients, you will be able to achieve the fit upper arms you’ve been hoping for.