I am at a normal weight but my upper arms are flabby. I would love to tighten them up. What is the least invasive method? Can an arm lift be done through the armpit instead of running down the arm?
one new approach is to treat the arms with superficial liposuction, using a technique called Aquashape. It is a very gentle type of liposuction that uses a water jet The superficial liposuction can go close to the surface and get results that used to require scars.
Dear Ms. Goodman,
There are a number of options available for tightening upper arms, including non-invasive methods (radiofrequency, laser) and surgery such as liposuction and brachioplasty. Depending on how much excess skin and/or fat you have, the quality and tone of your skin, and what results you hope to achieve, these may or may not be optimal treatments for you. Sometimes a combination of procedures is indicated. In some patients with minimal skin redundancy a brachioplasty may be performed with a single incision in the armpit.
Dr. Olivia Hutchinson
The flabby arms that you are bothered can be addressed by nonsurgical, minimally invasive and and invasive modalities depending on your skin elasticity, skin excess, and the amount of fat. If you have excess fat then you would like some form of liposuction (Smartlipo, Sidlaze) for sure. If you have excess skin then some form of heating device to contract the skin or some form of brachioplasty to remove excess skin would be indicated. You would need to be seen in consultation so that the options can be narrowed down to meet your goals.
It is possible to tighten the upper arms. You could consider Thermage as a non-invasive method. Surgical lifts can be done through the armpit but whether or not this would be adequate depends on how much skin laxity you have.
You may be a candidate for laser liposuction (SmartLipo) of the arms. This leaves minimal tiny entry scars. Also a mini brachioplasty can be done in selected patients with a scar in the underarm area only.
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