Richard A. Baxter, M.D.

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Say Goodbye To Bat Wings

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Say Goodbye To Bat Wings

As women age, it's not uncommon to notice sagging skin on the arms. Skin that was once tight and smooth tends to become lose and flabby as the force of gravity imposes its will. Despite physical activity like targeting your triceps and biceps in the gym, it's inevitable that we reahc an age where we begin to notice sagging in the thin skin of the upper area of the arm. When you add weight gain and/or weight loss into the equation, it can lead to droopy, flabby arms ot deflated, loose skin that lacks its previous structure. 

How Liposuction Can Help

I always say that liposuction by itself is a great option if you're looking to reshape your arms, but it's important that your skin is firm to begin with. Elasticity tends to decline as we age, and in this case liposuction by itself can leave your arms looking even more inflated. 

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Traditional Brachioplasty Tends To Bring The Best Results 

My opinion is that Brachioplasty will give women the best overall result, regardless of the scarring that ensues. Traditional brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is a sure-fire way to fix a sagging upper arm. The procedure begins with a liposuction procedure to remove excess arm fat. The skin is next removed along the length of the upper arm through an incision that extends from the elbow to the armpit. The resulting scar that will fade with time is the trade-off patients must decide to accept if they want to see the greatest level of improvement. 

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The Laser Assisted Liposuction Approach

However, the traditional brachioplasty scar is not something everyone can deal with. The Laser Assisted Liposuction Approach is a procedure where you introduce heat to create something like a thermal injury to the subcutaneous fat. Compared to a traditional brachioplasty the tightening is still minial, but to some women it is still a viable approach that will get them positive results. 

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How Can You Make The Best Judgement Call? 

Brachioplasty is ideal for patients who have lost a massive amount of weight, and it's one of the few procedures that can help patients see an adequate degree of improvement. Take a women in her fifties with a little extra weight as an example - it comes down to a judgment call based on the surgeon’s professional experience. Boca Raton's Dr. Jason Pozner says “I look at a patient, and I can tell if they need a bigger surgery.” 

Chicago's Dr. Laurie Casas says “There’s a continuum of care,” and the person best equipped to determine where you fall on the spectrum is a formally trained surgeon. It’s important to find a board certified plastic surgeon who takes into account your goals and body type to determine the best possible procedure. Working hand in hand with your preferred surgeon is vital for a successful outcome. 



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