How an Arm Lift Can Make You Feel More Confident

Arm lift before and after

Try as we might to fight it, age and gravity do a number on our body. Even if you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly, there are some things you can’t control — like loose skin. It happens on your face, your bottom, your tummy, and your arms, and while targeted exercise may tone the muscles, the skin still succumbs to the sag unless you do something about it.

When everything you’ve tried to tighten your flabby arms has failed, Dr. Kiran Polavarapu at Polavarapu Plastic Surgery in Fort Worth, Texas, can help you trim your arms and lose the loose skin. When she performs your arm lift, she customizes the procedure to meet your specific aesthetic goals so you walk away with the arms you’ve always envisioned.

Why are my arms sagging?

As you age, your skin slows its production of collagen and elastin, two essential proteins that give your skin structure and resiliency. Most people tend to lose muscle tone and mass, as well, which gives your arms a deflated look.

Sagging arms are particularly common in people who have undergone dramatic weight loss. Just like lost muscle, lost fat also decreases the volume inside your skin. The result is sagging tissue between your armpit and your elbow that droops and swings when you lift or move your arms.

Why doesn’t weightlifting take care of my chicken wings?

Regular exercise, especially strength-building activities, is a great way to keep your body healthy and your muscles toned. And if you’ve lived your life this way, you likely don’t have the extremely baggy arms that tend to accompany drastic weight loss, but it doesn’t make you immune either.

That’s because your sagging skin isn’t dependent on the condition of your muscles. If you build up your muscles, you may add volume that effectively tightens your skin to some degree, but your skin still shows signs of lost collagen. It becomes crepey and thinner and will sag no matter how hard you work out.

Is surgery the only way to fix my flabby arms?

If you have excess fat and sagging arms, liposuction is the best way to remove those stores of fat that exacerbate your droopy arm condition, but it won’t get the job done alone. In fact, liposuction without the arm lift gives you the same results as extreme weight loss: less volume and too much skin.

Dr. Polavarapu combines liposuction with an arm lift to remodel your arms inside and out. Yes, surgery means you’ll be left with a scar, but Dr. Polavarapu is highly skilled and hides the scar so it’s not easily seen.

Once the extra fat and skin are removed, Dr. Polavarapu smooths your skin over the new contours of your arm so that it appears tighter and more youthful. 

Arm lift by the numbers

Although you’ll need to undergo general anesthesia, and you’ll have a scar, you may decide that the benefits far outweigh the sacrifices. Here are a few quick facts to consider about arm lifts:

2-4: how many hours the procedure lasts

7: days to wait before you can go back to work and other moderate activities

3: Number of weeks before you do gentle bicep workouts 

6: Number of weeks before you start doing more strenuous arm exercises 

17,000: Number of arm lifts performed each year

Everyone recovers at their own pace. Dr. Polavarapu answers all your questions before you make the decision to proceed with arm lift surgery and cares for you throughout your post-operative period.

Am I a good candidate for an arm lift?

As long as you’re in good health and are not a smoker, you should be able to get an arm lift. Of course, it’s very important that you manage your expectations and keep your goals realistic. 

If you’re overweight or obese or have underlying health conditions, an arm lift might not be the right choice. Dr. Polavarapu discusses all your options, as well as the risks associated with an arm lift and all other surgeries, so you can make an informed decision.

If you meet these criteria, an arm lift may be the solution to your chicken wings. If you’re ready to ditch the flab and get your arms back in a balanced proportion with the rest of your body, call us at 817-615-8576 or book a consultation online today. 

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