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Arm Lift

Shaping your Upper Arms

The shape of your body is determined by your genetic inheritance, your diet and your activity level. In an ideal world, your fatty deposits are evenly distributed and limited in quantity. But, most of us have unwanted fat in areas, with stubborn persistence, despite working hard at reducing it. One solution to remove unwanted fat is to have it surgically contoured; and liposuction is one way of doing just that. There are safe, effective techniques, which now are available to almost anyone in reasonably good health. The practice of liposuction began in the 1970s; since that time, the equipment and the techniques have undergone many improvements. The newest procedures have increased the safety and improved outcomes with the use of modern equipment and instrumentation. Because the entire cell that stores the fat is removed, there is no tendency for the fat to recur in the operative areas. And as long as you remain within your normal weight range, you should never have these fatty excesses again.

Sometimes, when the skin is lax and does not retract with fat removal, attention needs to be directed to removing the excess. In the upper arms, excess skin seems to persist, even following the attainment of a healthy weight and exercise program. Often, the application of a skin tightening Laser will result in an adequate shrinkage of skin excesses; the terminology for this process is Smart Lipo. A small filament is introduced under the skin and a current is applied to treat the underlying surface. The analogy of dropping an egg in a hot skillet, noting the eggs’ contraction, is applicable to the process using the Laser.

Regarding the upper arm, sometimes the excess skin needs shortening. This process is accomplished in the arm pit, with barely visible incisions. The skin is removed and tightened thereby providing a smooth, shapely, smaller contour.

The surgeon you select to perform your body contouring surgery should be well trained, artistically inclined and very experienced as in Annapolis Aesthetic Surgery. You deserve to see a great many pre-operative and post-operative photographs and you may even with to speak, by phone, to several patients who have had surgery. Your surgeon needs to listen carefully to your complaints about your body, and to perform a thorough examination to determine your medical indications for surgery. Careful attention must be paid to the health of your skin and the potential for it to respond favorably to the removal of fat. Additionally, it is important to realize that these surgeries are not intended for the truly obese patient, whose risks for surgery are too high and whose results would be severely compromised by the presence of excess skin.

The anesthesia for these procedures is usually a local numbing and sedation, sparing you the expense and potential complications of general anesthesia. For the immediate post-operative period, you are expected to refrain from strenuous activity and to wear a support garment to reduce swelling in the areas of surgery. By your second month, post-operatively, your result should be smooth, well-contoured and the tiny incisions used to enter the fatty areas should be well healed and hardly noticeable. Your clothes should fit better and you may even need to buy a smaller size of clothing, but your friends may never know that you have had plastic surgery.

*Individual Results May Vary