1. For patients with otherwise good quality skin (few stretch marks and good elasticity - these are typically younger patients who have not had many wide fluctuations in weight) and who simply have a bit too much fullness of the upper arm, liposuction
alone can be utilized to contour the arm. Liposuction
alone can be done under local anesthesia only, and has an easier recovery than more invasive procedures. Results can be seen in about 3-5 months after the procedure.
2. For patients with minimal fullness but significant hanging skin of the arm (usually patients who have achieved dramatic weight loss), removal of the skin itself without liposuction may be best. This can be done as an outpatient procedure and can also be combined with other body contouring procedures such as a tummy tuck or breast lift. In contrast to liposuction alone, this surgery requires placement of a scar down the arm (similar to an in-seam on a long sleeve shirt) which may need to cross over to the armpit. The recovery is a bit more involved than liposuction alone, but patients can see dramatic improvement sooner.
3. For patients who have significant excess skin and excess fat, a combined liposuction
and excision procedure may be warranted. This can achieve the most dramatic results, but does entail more recovery and upfront cost.
Still not sure, no worries! Dr. Albright can help guide you through this process.