Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
A beautiful, aesthetically pleasing arm is described as lean and firm with a visible muscle structure. The rounded shoulder deltoid muscle on the outer arm blends into the biceps muscle on the inner arm, which creates an ideal look to the arm. The triceps should be slightly convex going from the armpit to the elbow.
When there is a significant amount of weight loss, the tissue and skin of the arms loosen up, giving the arms a sagging appearance. During an arm lift procedure, the soft tissue in the arm is surgically tailored to match the underlying muscle structure by removing excess fat and skin. The type of the arm lift surgery is dictated by the severity of the problem. Limited brachioplasty can be used for individuals who have minimal skin excess, with the incision placed in the armpit. An extended brachioplasty can be used for individuals with moderate to severe skin laxity, with the incision placed on the inner arm, going from the armpit to the elbow. Severe arm tissue and upper chest laxity requires the L-brachioplasty procedure to effectively treat the arm, the armpit and the upper chest areas. Arm lift surgery has become a popular procedure with over 21,000 arm lift surgeries performed in 2007, according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
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