What are my options to remove excess skin from my uppers arms? Where will the scars be?
Dear Jenn, Excess skin and subcutaneous fat of the upper arm can be addressed in several surgical and non-surgical methods. For excessive skin laxity excision is generally required. This is an upper arm lift or brachioplasty and the scar can be hidden along the inner aspect of the arm between the bicep and the tricep. With laser techniques and modern approaches to scar fading a reasonably attractive upper arm scar could be achieved and hidden in most positions of the arm. Because of the length of the scar arm lifts are usually only performed in the most direst of skin laxity scenarios. Many patients have modest skin laxity with excess fat. Modern approaches to liposuction such as SmartLipo and BodyTite can result in reduction of fat and significant skin tightening. This can be done through several small incisions between the elbow and the armpit that are not visible when they have healed.
For very mild skin laxity and modest subcutaneous fat and non-surgical techniques such as CoolSculpting, SculpSure and BodyFx can reduce and permanently kill fat and tighten skin and this is advantageous as there is no surgical procedure necessary. Other techniques such as subdermal laser heating with a laser fibre or FaceTite can be performed and these can be quite successful for moderate skin excess that do not need skin excision.
As you can see there are very many options and you need to see a certified plastic surgeon who has all these tools at their disposal. I hope this information is of some assistance and best of luck.
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Certified Plastic Surgeon
Surgery to remove excess skin from the upper arm is a challenging procedure. If there is a lot of extra skin following a major weight loss, then an incision down the inner aspect of the arm can be very effective in creating a tighter shape. The scar is hard to hide, but if there is a lot of looseness, the change in contour might be worth it. For patients with minimal looseness and good skin quality, liposuction can be an option. It’s the kind of problem that needs an individual assessment to be able to provide the most appropriate recommendation.
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