Flabby upper arms is just one more bad thing about getting older. Even worse, this flab can be difficult to avoid and next to impossible to get rid of on your own once you have it, no matter how much you exercise your arms. If you are tired of arm flab (and tired of trying to get rid of it), brachioplasty may be the answer for you!
What Is Brachioplasty?
“Brachioplasty” is the medical term for removal of excess skin and fat in the triceps area (the back of the upper arms). There are exercises you can do to specifically target this area, but as we get older it gets harder and harder to tone up these muscles, and it doesn’t help that the skin starts to lose its elasticity as we age. And, if you do get rid of the fat, the excess skin remains; brachioplasty gets rid of this extra tissue. It is an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia, so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of a hospital stay. Your doctor may advise that you have it done along with liposuction to remove fat.
Most patients report only minimal discomfort with this procedure, and you can get back to most of your regular activities within the first week after surgery (although you will have to wait for a few weeks to get back to any exercise regimen). You will be advised to elevate your hands when sleeping and sitting for a couple of weeks and to wear compression sleeves for a few weeks as well. You may have some swelling and bruising for 1 to 2 weeks. For this procedure, you should be a nonsmoker and in general good health. Results from brachioplasty are long lasting, but you should maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid regaining fat.
Arm flab can be an unfortunate part of getting older, but there is something you can do about it! If you are interested in a brachioplasty procedure, contact the office of Phillip Dahan, MD, FACS, Advanced Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in Reno, NV, for a consultation. Call 775-826-4477 for an appointment today!