Interestingly enough, as summer approaches some fashion magazines are including in their articles that arms have become the new cleavage. What they mean by that is that a woman’s arms are now viewed as sexy and appealing. Many celebrities have been recognized for their “great arms”. These include celebrities like Michelle Obama and Madonna. Sleeveless fashions have indeed become the choice regardless of the season. So, what is a woman to do if she has the dreaded “batwings”. This is the term given for excess skin that hangs from the underside of the arm when the arm is lifted. In some cases this is due to the aging of the skin. In other situations the patient could have had weight fluctuation that stretched the skin on the arms and then caused sagging. Patients, who consult with Dr. Seify because of a complaint of loose skin on the arms, are likely to be given the recommendation of brachioplasty. Brachioplasty removes the excess skin from the underside of the arm. An incision is made in the armpit that runs either to the middle of the bicep on the underside of the arm or to the elbow. The shorter incision is acceptable for a patient who has minimal loose skin provided most of the excess skin is in the upper portion of the arm. The longer incision is for patients with more loose and lax skin. While a shorter scar may seem attractive to the patient, it is important patients realize that if a shorter scar is used on a patient who has excessive loose and lax skin in the arm area there is likely to be an unacceptable puckering of the skin following surgery. Patient should never compromise the long-term results of surgery in order to avoid a scar. All scars heal over time and in most cases become less noticeable over time. Brachioplasty patients will have a scar however the scar is well hidden on the underside of the arm. Most go on to wear sleeveless dresses and shirts and find the scar to be well worth the trade-off. Patients who are dissatisfied with the thickness on their arms may be candidates for liposuction of the arms. Dr. Seify cautions patients that this is a tricky procedure. As an experienced ASPS board-certified he has performed many arm liposuction procedures. The talent and skill of the surgeon is important with arm liposuction because it is possible to take too much fat and the surgeon must be conscious of the appearance of the arms and the muscles that exist and help to aesthetically shape the arms. Patients who are considering arm contouring procedures are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify and schedule a consultation.
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