There are three types of flabby arms that Dr. Ver Halen and Dr. Obaid see in their Southlake and Plano plastic surgery offices. The most common cause of flabby arms is fat that accumulates in the arms due to weight gain, genes or bad luck. Some people, no matter how much they diet and exercise, tend to hold onto fat in their arms. For these people, liposuction of the arms can be of great benefit. The second cause of flabby arms is extra skin. This is especially common in people who have gained and eventually lost a lot of weight. As we lose pregnancy weight, or diet and exercise, or lose weight from a lap band, our fat cells shrink down but often our skin does not. As a result, many people find that their new skinnier bodies have flabby arms or “bat wings.” The third cause is a combination of extra fat and extra skin. As we age, our bodies can start to accumulate fat in our arms. This can be made worse with the skin in our arms becoming loose with time. The result is an arm that sags terribly when lifted and really shows our age.
Dr. Sacha Obaid and Dr. Jon Ver Halen specialize in treating saggy arms with an arm lift. They have helped many men and women in Dallas/Fort Worth feel more confident in the appearance of their arms. Dr. Obaid’s and Dr. Ver Halen’s arm lift operation is tailored to each individual and their problem areas. If the problem is one primarily of extra fat, then your surgeon—either Dr. Obaid or Dr. Ver Halen—will perform liposuction alone to correct flabby arms. The beauty of this procedure is that the incisions are very small (smaller than a pencil eraser) and the results can be dramatic. For patients that have extra skin in their arms, your surgeon can actually tighten the skin of the arms with a brachioplasty or “arm lift” procedure. There are three types of this surgery that your surgeon will discuss with you during your office visit. The first is a minimal incision arm lift done through a tiny incision in your armpit crease. This is very well hidden and can give a surprising amount of lift to your arms. The second is a mini T-lift that is confined to the hair bearing portions of the armpit. Again with minimal incisions, a large change can be created in the arms. The third type of arm lift procedure is a “longitudinal brachioplasty.” This involves an incision along the back of the arm. While the incision is longer than the other two options, it can provide for an absolutely amazing transformation in the shape of the arm.
Dr. Obaid and Dr. Ver Halen specialize in arm lifts that result in minimal pain. Patients can return home the same day of surgery, and most are back to work within five days! Cardio workouts can usually resume at three weeks, and weight training and yoga can begin again six weeks post-operation.
The key after weight loss surgery is to make sure that your weight has stabilized before performing a brachioplasty. Dr. Obaid and Dr. Ver Halen usually require that your weight be roughly the same for three to six months prior to the procedure. The reason for this is that your surgeon will need to make sure that you are taking in enough nutrition to heal properly after the arm lift. In his Southlake or Plano office, your surgeon will perform a quick blood test to determine your nutritional status and make sure that you are perfectly fit and healthy for surgery!
Dr. Obaid and Dr. Ver Halen are Harvard-trained, board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in arm lift procedures. They have helped many men and women in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex with their sagging arms. Dr. Obaid’s expertise in the field earned him the honor of describing his arm lift operation in the book Essentials of Plastic Surgery, which has become a how-to guide for plastic surgeons worldwide.
To schedule a consultation for an arm lift with Dr. Obaid or Dr. Ver Halen in either their Southlake or Plano office, please call 877-537-7220.