Why Are My Arms Flabby?
There are three types of flabby arms we see at North Texas Plastic Surgery. 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.
What Can Be Done to Correct Arm Sagging?
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 the Dallas/Fort Worth area feel more confident in the appearance of their arms.
The arm lift operation is tailored to each individual and their problem areas. If the problem is one primarily of extra fat, then the doctors 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, Dr. Obaid and Dr. Ver Halen can actually tighten the skin of the arms with a brachioplasty or “arm lift” procedure. There are three types of this surgery that they will discuss with you during your office visit.
Arm Lift Options
The first brachioplasty option 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.
Is an Arm Lift Painful?
Both doctors specialize in minimal pain arm lifts. Patients can return home the same day of surgery and most are back to work within 5 days! Cardio workouts can usually resume at 3 weeks and weight training and yoga can begin again 6 weeks post-operatively.
How Soon after Weight Loss Surgery Can an Arm Lift Be Performed?
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 will usually require that your weight be roughly the same for 3-6 months prior to the procedure. The reason for this is that they will need to make sure that you are taking in enough nutrition to heal properly after the arm lift. When you visit our office in Southlake or Plano, he will perform a quick blood test to determine your nutritional status and make sure that you are perfectly fit and healthy for surgery!
How Do I Pick the Perfect Surgeon for My Arm Lift?
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. Because of his expertise in the field, Dr. Obaid was given 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 free consultation for an arm lift with Dr. Obaid or Dr. Ver Halen in either of their Southlake or Plano offices, please call 817-416-8080. We are pleased to serve patients throughout the Dallas area.