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Am I a Candidate for Arm Lift Surgery?

Posted September 15, 2023 in Arm Lift Surgery, Brachioplasty

If you are concerned about loose skin in your upper arms and armpits, you might be a candidate for an arm lift. Most good candidates for this procedure have excess upper arm skin due to genetics, aging, or weight fluctuations, especially major weight loss greater than 50 pounds. For the right candidate, an arm lift can tighten and reshape the upper arms to help you achieve a more toned and youthful arm contour.

The Best Candidates for Arm Lift Surgery

The best candidates for an arm lift identify with the following:

  1. Loose, hanging skin of the upper arms and armpits: Weight loss (especially greater than 50 pounds) can leave behind overstretched upper arm skin that sags. The skin of the upper arms can also stretch out over time due to the aging process. Genetics may also be the cause of poor skin quality or tone, and may lead to drooping, hanging skin in the upper arms and armpits. For individuals with loose skin, arm lift surgery can help tighten and redefine upper arm contours.
  2. Healthy surgical candidates: To be a suitable candidate for any surgical procedure (including arm lift surgery), it’s important to be in good overall health and to avoid smoking. This ensures that you can tolerate the surgery and have a smooth recovery with minimal risk of complications while you heal.

Poor Candidates for Arm Lift Surgery

Poor candidates for arm lift surgery do not identify with the above. They may identify with the following:

  1. Excess fat in the upper arms without loose skin: Arm lift surgery is specifically designed to help individuals with significant loose skin in the upper arms and armpits. If you do not have loose skin, but you are plagued by stubborn fat deposits in your upper arms that are resistant to diet and exercise, you’re most likely a better candidate for liposuction.
  2. Saggy upper arms due mainly to poor muscle tone, without loose skin: Arm lift surgery improves upper arm contour by correcting excess skin. If you have loose or saggy upper arms due to poor muscle tone, arm lift surgery will not help you achieve your intended results. Strength training exercises could help tone your upper arm muscles to give you the tone and tightness you desire.
  3. Weight fluctuations: If you are currently in the process of losing weight, or if you have a history of significant weight fluctuations, now is not the time to get an arm lift. We advise you to achieve and maintain a stable weight before considering arm lift surgery so that you can experience the best results possible.

Good candidates for arm lift surgery can look forward to enjoying a more sculpted and contoured upper arm appearance by undergoing this procedure. If you’re considering an arm lift and you’re still not sure whether you are a candidate, we recommend you come in for a consultation with Dr. Taleisnik to discuss your concerns with him. Dr. Taleisnik is an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, and he is happy to assess your unique situation to determine whether arm lift surgery is right for you. If you are not a candidate for arm lift surgery, Dr. Taleisnik will be able to recommend a treatment that better suits your needs.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discover if arm lift surgery is the right choice for you. Call (657) 294-8375 or contact us online.