Arm Lift vs. Arm Liposuction: Make Your Arms Look Great By on September 30, 2016

Arm lift surgery before and afterHaving toned, muscular arms is always great. Some nice shoulders, triceps, and biceps can make you feel attractive and confident. Of course, hitting the gym, eating right, and going for runs can't always make you look your best. That's why many people come to our Minneapolis area practice to consider their surgical options.

The arm lift surgery (brachioplasty) and liposuction of the arms are both effective options for sculpting better shoulders and triceps. Let's compare these surgeries and their uses right now.

About Arm Lift Surgery

Arm lift surgery is a procedure that removes loose skin from the shoulder and tricep area. The procedure typically involves and incision that originates in the armpit and extends toward the elbow. Through this incision, excess skin can be removed and underlying structures adjusted. After surgery, patients will have better toned and trimmed arms free from sagging, drooping, and stretchmarks.

Ideal Candidates for Arm Lift Surgery

The best candidates for arm lift surgery are people who have significant problems with loose skin around the shoulders and tricep area. These people will have typically lost a lot of weight, whether by natural means or bariatric surgery. Candidates should be in good overall health and not suffer from serious medical problems that could pose a problem to overall wellness.

About Arm Liposuction

Arm liposuction is targeted fat removal of the shoulder and tricep area. During arm liposuction, a small metal tube known as a cannula is inserted into the armpit and tricept area. Using carefully monitored and controlled suction, a plastic surgeon is able to remove pockets of unwanted fat that will not respond to diet and exercise. The arm liposuction will result in more muscular-looking and toned shoulders and triceps.

Ideal Candidates for Arm Liposuction

The best candidates for arm liposuction are people who suffer from unwanted pockets of fat located in the arm area. They should be in good health overall and have realistic expectations about the result of the liposuction procedure. While liposuction will not add to muscle tone, it will help the muscle definition of the shoulders and triceps stand out more.

When Liposuction May be Better Than Arm Lift Surgery

Liposuction is done purely for fat removal and sculpting purposes. This means that it is ideally suited for those purposes rather than tightening skin or removing stretchmarks. If patients have flabby arms but no issues with loose skin, liposuction is generally the best option for treatment.

When Arm Lift Surgery May be Better Than Liposuction

Arm lift surgery is a great option for loose skin and skin laxity issues. While liposuction may be performed as part of an arm lift, the arm lift per se is perfect for problems with sagging skin. For major weight loss, the arm lift can potentially be modified to help reduce sagging along the upper side of the chest.

Tailoring Surgery to Meet Your needs

There's never a one-size-fits-all approach to surgery, which is why it's so important for patients to visit our practice in person for a consultation. We can offer personalized care that is designed to meet the unique needs of the patient. This means that the results will be fully optimized and patients will feel great about the way they look.

Learn More About Body Contouring and Sculpting

For more information about arm lift surgery, liposuction, and your many other options for advanced body contouring and sculpting, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Our team will work with you to enhance your overall appearance.

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons

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