The arm lift is becoming a very popular procedure according to recent statistics. Whether it’s a stand-alone procedure or in combination with other body contouring procedures, the arm lift is here to stay. One of the biggest drawbacks is the scar along the inside of the arm. But if you have “bat wings” the scar may not matter much.
Arm Liposuction vs Arm Lift
However, before you jump into an arm lift, you need to know the ins and outs. If you don’t have a great deal of excess skin, mostly fat to the upper arms, liposuction will be the most appropriate procedure for you. Liposuction is performed through very small incisions near the elbow. After liposuction, the skin can tighten, but it’s not guaranteed. In the case of patients that have hanging skin from their upper arms, removal of skin may be necessary to achieve their expectations.
To remove the skin, you must make a long scar along the inside of the arm. These scars used to be placed on the back of the arm. Since people walking behind you could see the scars and know you had an arm lift, more plastic surgeons are now placing the scars inside the arm to better hide them. It doesn’t make them invisible but it does make them less noticeable in this position.
The other thing to keep in mind is that the goal of an arm lift is to remove as much skin as possible. When you do this, it requires stretching the skin to get the incision closed and where there is stretch, there is tension and where there is tension, there’s the risk of the scar widening. If you’re worried about a potentially wide scar more than you’re worried about your “bat wings”, you’re not mentally ready for an arm lift. However, if the opposite is true and you hate your “bat wings”, you’ll be thrilled with your results.
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