While even rigorous exercise may not be effective at firming up the skin of the arms and thighs, plastic surgery procedures such as arm lift and thigh lift surgery can address these issues and give the affected areas a tighter, more toned look. Aging, significant weight loss and other factors can contribute to an excess of inelastic skin accumulating in the upper arms and the thighs. This can be very frustrating for people who have worked hard to get fit, only to find certain parts of the body exhibiting a “flabby” appearance.
Dr. Venkata Erella is a board-certified plastic surgeon with specialty training in an array of body contouring procedures. He can provide you with results that look natural and help you feel better about your appearance. Please contact Aspira Plastic Surgery by phone at (512) 593-7699 for more information about an arm lift, thigh lift, and other body contouring procedures, or to schedule a complimentary consultation.
Who Can Benefit from an Arm Lift & Thigh Lift?
Arm lift surgery, medically known as brachioplasty, is designed to correct a problem that affects millions of people: loose, extra skin in the upper arms. When fat melts away with weight loss, the remaining skin is not able to properly tighten itself, and ultimately gives the arms a poorly contoured and somewhat “jiggly” appearance. This can also be caused by genetic factors and the natural aging process.
Loose, saggy skin in the thighs is a very common, and often very frustrating byproduct of weight loss and the natural aging process. A thigh lift is a procedure designed to remove excess inelastic skin in either the medial or lateral side of the thighs and recontour their appearance, giving them a firmer and more fit look.
It is important that all candidates be healthy both mentally and physically to benefit from these procedures. Overall health is crucial to obtaining optimal results.
Am I A Candidate for An Arm Lift?
Arm lift surgery reduces the inelastic skin and tightens the remainder for a firmer and smoother look. Candidates for arm lift surgery are typically patients who are in reasonably good physical and emotional health, and those who:
- Have sagging and loose skin in the upper areas of the arms and armpits
- Have lost large amounts of weight and are experiencing excess, loose skin in the arms and armpits
- Are experiencing irritations or rashes from excess skin folds in the arms and armpits
Dr. Erella is highly experienced with these procedures and will make every effort to make residual scarring as discreet as possible. Arm lift surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis.
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Am I A Candidate for A Thigh Lift?
Candidates for thigh lift surgery are typically patients who are in reasonably good physical and emotional health, and those who:
- Have sagging and loose skin in the thighs
- Have lost large amounts of weight and are experiencing excess, loose skin in the thighs
- Are experiencing irritations or rashes from excess skin folds in the thighs
Arm Lift & Thigh Lift Concerns
You can expect to resume your normal daily routines within one week after arm lift surgery. Some pain and discomfort will be present for a few days, but this can be controlled with medication. Dr. Erella will advise you to avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and added strain on the arms for a few weeks. Compression garments will need to be worn for a short period of time to aid the healing process.
You will need to wear a compression garment for a brief period after thigh lift surgery. Some bruising and swelling can be expected during recovery; however, this can be alleviated with medication. Dr. Erella will advise you to avoid strenuous exercise or activities for a few weeks after the procedure. Many patients are able to resume normal daily routines within a week; however, some patients may need a bit longer to facilitate a smooth healing process.
While every patient’s results will vary, you may notice the results of an arm lift surgery immediately after the procedure; however, please note that it may take some time for swelling to completely subside and for the long-term results to be apparent. Incisions are typically placed on the underside of the arm, making the scars easily hidden.
Thigh lift scars are typically made in inconspicuous areas. Dr. Erella will also work diligently to ensure that any residual scarring is as light and unnoticeable as possible.
The cost of a body lift procedures vary based on the treatment area, practice and the technique used. A consultation with Dr. Erella is the best way to determine the cost of your body lift procedure.
Arm and thigh lift procedures are major surgeries involving many different treatments at once, so you should allow yourself plenty of time after surgery to fully recuperate. Once Dr. Erella meets with you for your initial consultation, he will discuss all aspects of each procedure and, together, you and Dr. Erella will decide the procedures that will best meet your needs. Once Dr. Erella has created a treatment plan, he will be able to give you a better idea of what the recovery process and pain management will be like.
Arm Lift & Thigh Lift Frequently Asked Questions
Can an Arm Lift be Performed with a Thigh Lift?
Yes, they can be performed in conjunction with each other. Dr. Erella will discuss the details involved when performing these two procedures together during your consultation.
Where Will my Incisions be with an Inner & Outer Thigh Lift?
For the inner thigh, the incisions will be done in the groin area. If an extensive amount of skin needs to be removed, a long incision down the inner thigh will be done.
For the outer thigh, the incisions will depend on the extent of the procedure. In many cases, the incision will go from the groin area around to the hip. In more extensive circumstances a buttock fold incision may be added as well.
Where Will my Incisions be with an Arm Lift?
Generally, arm lift incisions extend from the elbow to the armpit and sometimes to the side of the chest.