Today people are dropping pounds by the dozens. Super sized fast food meals are being replaced by healthier portions. People are trying to exercise and get into better shape. Some are helping the process along with bariatric surgery procedures like the lap band, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. With all these pounds being shed many people are finding they have another new problem to deal with – unwanted excess skin. One of the most troubling areas for people that have lost weight is the upper arms.
Whether you call it a fat pad, arm waddle or bat wings, having floppy excess skin in the upper arms is no fun. Thankfully there is hope. Brachioplasty can remove the excess skin and remaining excess fat leaving a trim and slim upper arm. Using a procedure that takes just a few hours more and more patients are getting closer to their ideal shape. In fact, in the last 15 years the number of brachioplasty procedures being performed has jumped an astounding 777%. And the rise in popularity seems to be continuing.
Despite sometimes losing well in excess of 100 pounds many of my patients need to wear shirts that are one or two sizes larger than they need for their body just to be able to fit their arms in their sleeves. For many, the embarrassment of short sleeve shirts or tank tops is too much to bear. And most don’t even consider sleeveless tops for a moment. After brachioplasty these patients have renewed confidence and comfort with the appearance of their arms (and upper body as a whole). Tanks and sleeveless tops are suddenly an option. Using the most modern technique the thin scars are placed in discreet locations, hardly seen in most positions.
For me, the best part of performing brachioplasty procedures is the next morning when we take down the dressing from surgery. At that moment my patients see their new arms for the first time. In many cases they see a new shape in the mirror they may have never seen their entire lives. It is a very powerful moment and frequently leads to tears of joy – from both my patients and myself. It’s truly a life changing procedure.
So if aging and or weight loss has left you with unwanted excess skin and fat in the upper arms consider brachioplasty. With one procedure the arms that are getting you down can quickly be raised up with confidence.
Here is a story that CBS4 in Miami did about brachioplasty: