For many individuals – they struggle with flabby underarm skin that doesn’t go away with diet and exercise. When this is the case, they come to us for an Arm Lift or surgical term brachioplasty in Thailand.
Brachioplasty, or ‘arm lift’ surgery, reshapes the underside of the upper arm from the armpit to the elbow. The surgery removes extra skin and fat to give a more toned and balanced appearance.
Upper arm skin tends to droop with age, after significant weight loss, and for people with lymphedema. Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot change any extra skin that has lost its elasticity.
If you are concerned about the way you look or are thinking about cosmetic treatments to boost your confidence, there are alternatives.
Before choosing an Arm Lift or brachioplasty
Before you opt for brachioplasty, some important issues to keep in mind include:
- You will have a scar on the inside of your upper arm, running from your armpit to your elbow. Although the scar may fade significantly with time, it may always be visible.
- Think about the financial cost. Cosmetic surgery does not usually qualify for rebates from Medicare or private health insurance.
- Smokers are at increased risk of complications from any surgery. If you are serious about undergoing cosmetic surgery, you should try to quit smoking.
Our client’s before and after
Why doesn’t liposuction fix the problem?
If you have excess arm skin, but underlying fat keeps the skin tight, an arm lift and liposuction combination is sometimes an option. But for most patients, an arm lift, not liposuction, is the best fix for saggy underarms, Dr. T says.
Patients request liposuction because there is no scarring, he says. With an arm lift, particularly if the surgeon removes a significant amount of fat and skin, there is some scarring afterward.
“It is visible,” he says. “We try to hide it by bringing it closer to the inside of the arm, but we cannot predict how the scar will migrate.”
But liposuction alone won’t treat the problem of excess skin for most people. Even if your surgeon removes underlying fat, the excess skin remains after liposuction. Patients best suited for liposuction are those with a fat excess and whose skin is still relatively tight.
And, even with scarring, most people who have an arm lift appreciate their results, Azurite says.
Interested in an arm lift?
If you’re interested in an arm lift, reach out to our team for a customised quote.