Arm & Thigh Lift
ARM LIFT Surgery (BRACHIOPLASTY)
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the area under the arm, from the underarm region to the elbow.
Sagging underarms are caused by age, weight changes, and even genetic/hereditary factors.
Fitness and exercise regimens can improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arms but cannot address weakened tissues and excess skin that has lost elasticity.
An arm lift can help you:
- Reduce excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow
- Reshape your arm to result in smoother skin and contours
- Result in a more toned and proportionate appearance
THIGH LIFT Surgery
A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin or fat, resulting in smoother skin and better-proportioned contours on the thighs.
Many people who undergo a thigh lift are those who have been unable to achieve their fitness and weight loss goals.
A thigh lift is ideal for those seeking a more youthful-looking and proportionate body to their overall image.
A thigh lift is not intended to remove excess fat. Liposuction can achieve that objective by removing excess fat deposits. Therefore, in areas where skin elasticity is limited, your MAXIM-affiliated surgeon may utilize a combination of liposuction and thigh lift procedures.
Aging and exposure to the sun can damage one’s skin over time. As we age, gravity plays its part in making our skin look more sagged and subsided. It may impair our previous youthful shape which causes us to look older. Moreover, being exposed to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light harms certain skin fibers which are known as elastin. This said breakdown of elastin fibers hugely contributes in stretching the skin and eliminating its ability to snap back. These scenarios may prominently affect one’s upper arms and thighs.
The plastic surgeons at MAXIM Cosmetic Surgery, on the other hand, truly know the importance of lifting your confidence and helping you dress without you being conscious about yourself. This is much applicable especially when wearing summer clothes like t-shirts, tube tops, shorts, or even bikinis. As individuals, like we often worry about our image and appearance, especially with regards to our body shape aspect, many of us decide to consider this arm lift and thigh lift surgery.
A “lift” is a term used in tightening loose and sagging skin. An arm lift surgery or brachioplasty involves the process of contracting drooped skin on the arms. Excess skin is being cut away while the remaining skin is drawn tighter in order for it to be firmer and compacted. This brachioplasty procedure reshapes the underside of the upper arm, starting from the armpit to the elbow. Conversely, a thigh lift surgery, also known as thighplasty, actually does the same. However, the procedure is being done on the thigh area instead of the arms.
Who are the Candidates for Arm Lift and Thigh Lift Surgery?
Candidates for arm lift and thigh lift surgery may vary on how loose and sagged their skin is and on how they want it to be tightened. If you only suffer from stubborn fats on the arm and thigh area, then these surgeries are not appropriate for you. You may consider liposuction surgery as it is more relevant for fat tissue. Arm lift and thigh lift surgery only considers sagging skin, not fat. Though some experience having stubborn fat and loose skin at the same time, the reason why they consider a combination of liposuction with arm lift and thigh lift surgery.
Moreover, aside from having loose skin, candidates should also be generally healthy and in good condition, have open and realistic expectations, and must have an understanding about the risks and potential complications involved in these surgeries, however rare these may be.
Arm Lift Surgery and Its Types: A Deeper Understanding
As this Brachioplasty or arm lift procedure removes excess skin, it also involves different shapes and contouring depending on what formation you want to achieve through incisions. Rest assured, the plastic surgeons at MAXIM Cosmetic Surgery will help you choose the best type and procedure that can surely meet your needs and satisfaction.
The different types of arm lift surgery are the following:
Traditional Arm Lift Surgery
This is a typical brachioplasty surgery which involves the process of removing a massive amount of skin and fatty tissue from the armpit part to the elbow through surgical excisions. If the patient is suffering from a huge and significant amount of excess and loose skin on the entire upper arm, then this type of arm lift surgery is the best and most effective option to consider.
Extended Arm Lift Surgery (Extended Brachioplasty)
This arm lift surgery removes excess tissue and sagging skin beneath the arm. It is more prominent on the upper arms which continue along the chest wall. In the brachioplasty procedure, the incision and excision of skin will be performed along the upper arm onto the part under the arm and continues along the chest. It may also address different concerns related to areas on the side of the body.
Limited Arm Lift Surgery (Limited Brachioplasty)
The brachioplasty procedure is often called “hidden arm lift surgery.” It is occasionally used with liposuction and commonly involves surgical incisions that can be made in the crease of the armpit while the skin is removed through a well-hidden mark. It is most suited for patients who mainly deal with sagging skin paired with minimal excess tissues.
Short-Scar Arm Lift Surgery
This short-scar brachioplasty commonly considers liposuction of the arm and excision of some repeated skin mostly near the underarm. The incision is way shorter than a traditional arm lift surgery. It is also well-concealed in the armpit without extension down the length of the arm. This type of brachioplasty usually applies to patients with mild upper arm tissue laxity and those who do not want to have an extended arm lift wound or scar.
L-Brachioplasty (L-Arm Lift Surgery)
This arm lift surgery is made using an L-shaped pattern of excision. The long limb is from elbow to the axilla while the short one is extending at right angles through the axilla to the side of the chest. This brachioplasty procedure is commonly applicable for patients with severe arm laxity. Also, it is reserved for those who suffer from sagging armpit and upper chest tissue. Most of the L-Brachioplasty patients experience weight loss or undergo surgery to eliminate weight such as liposuction or gastric bypass surgery. Through this type of arm lift surgery, one can get rid of excess skin and fatty tissue of the arm and upper chest. Also, the sagging armpit and the feeling of hollowness can be corrected.
Arm Lift Surgery: What Results to Expect?
After considering this brachioplasty surgery, patients can expect a smoother and tighter arms. They can notice immediate improvement and development in the shape and appearance of their upper arm and chest overtime. However, it can take several weeks before full recovery as the initial results may be observed through swelling, bruising, and scarring of the area where the incision and excision was made. After about six weeks, most of the swelling from the arm lift surgery will subside and one can finally see the results of newly sculpted arms. Over the next several months, the lifted and tightened arm skin will continue to fully heal and settle. The results of this surgery are long-lasting especially when the patient maintains stable health, weight, and fitness.
On average, an arm lift surgery will take about one to two and a half hours. Patients usually go straight home on the same day as their brachioplasty surgery. Since the recovery takes some time, sports or any excessive activities are restricted to be performed for at least a month after the surgery.
Thigh Lift Surgery and Its Types: A Deeper Understanding
As thigh lift surgery eliminates fat and sagging skin, there are different types of this thighplasty surgery you should consider and make known of. The plastic surgeons at MAXIM Cosmetic Surgery can be your providers for the following procedures:
Inner (Medial) Thigh Lift Surgery
This is the most common type of thigh lift surgery which involves the sagging skin in the inner thigh area. It is done through incisions from the groin down to the knee and going to the back part of the thigh. Usually, patients undergo this procedure because they struggle to get rid of the stubborn fat which cannot be tamed by diet and exercise alone.
Mini Thigh Lift Surgery
On the other hand, this surgery needs fewer incisions than the other types of thighplasty surgery. It is focused mainly on the incision in the groin area. It is usually applicable to patients who focus on the upper-inner part of their thigh since they commonly don’t have a huge amount of excess skin to lift.
Outer (Bilateral) Thigh Lift Surgery
This thigh lift surgery addresses the outer part of the thighs. The process includes an incision which starts from the groin area and continues to the hip and lower area of the back. This also involves excess fats that are accumulated in the waist and buttocks part of the body.
Vertical Thigh Lift Surgery
This type of surgery involves larger and more solid incisions that extend down to the knee area. Among all the thigh lift procedures mentioned, this is considered to be the riskiest surgery. It usually fits patients who suffer from a lot of excess skin in their entire thigh.
Thigh Lift Surgery with Liposuction
Some cases imply poor skin elasticity especially in the thigh area which is the primary reason why most surgeons perform liposuction along with thigh lift surgery. It helps eliminate excess fat and prevents one from having loose skin.
Thigh Lift Surgery: What Results to Expect?
Arm Lift and Thigh Lift Surgery both have positive results over time. Just like arm lift surgery, the results of thigh lift surgery would be visible soon after the procedure. Though it may still take a few months to see full development and final results. Upon close examination, one can notice improved skin quality, feel, and appearance in the thigh area. Few scars will remain but the results are long lasting, especially when one takes good care of his general fitness.
As arm lift surgery prohibits patients to undergo heavy lifting and physical activities, this surgery also achieves faster recovery and results.
How much does this arm lift and thigh lift surgery cost?
The cost of arm lift lift surgery may depend upon the type of procedure and how many surgeries will be performed. At MAXIM Cosmetic Surgery, the cost of an arm light procedure is affordable and 0% financing is available. However, the procedure may still include other fees such as anesthesia, facilities, garments, and any other related expenses. On the other hand, the cost of a thigh lift surgery is a bit more than arm lift surgery . Also, just as an arm light, the total fee since includes aforementioned additional fees such as facility and anesthesia.
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