Waving to a friend. Dancing at a party. Hailing a taxi. These may seem like innocent gestures to most, but if the undersides of your upper arms sag or appear loose due to excess skin or fat, the embarrassment can be impossible to ignore. If you’re frustrated with the appearance of your upper body and have found exercise ineffective at toning the area between your underarm and elbow, it might be time to consider a brachioplasty.
A brachioplasty, also called an arm lift, is a cosmetic procedure that reshapes the upper arm and connecting area of the chest wall. At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery in La Jolla, we can help you achieve a nice contour to your upper arm with this effective, non-invasive treatment performed right here in our office.
Am I a good candidate for brachioplasty?
Fluctuations in weight, the aging process, and genetics can all cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. A brachioplasty is an ideal procedure for those who want to banish a minimal amount of excess fat without going under the knife. However, it’s important to note that a arm lift surgery is not a replacement for weight loss. A good candidate should have realistic expectations and a positive attitude going into the procedure.
What to expect from your brachioplasty procedure
Once you get comfortable in your treatment room, the undersides of your arms will be measured and marked. Next, your skin will be cooled to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the procedure. Then, Dr. Shumway will press a special device against your skin. This device emits radio frequency energy, which penetrates the deepest layer of your skin to heat the treatment area and stimulate collagen production. You will feel a gentle vibration as well as cooling and heating sensations during each pulse. At the end of treatment, the upper layer of your skin is cooled again. To achieve the best results you’ll need at least two to three treatments.
How long does it take to recover?
It’s normal for some swelling and bruising to occur following a brachioplasty. A radiofrequency procedure can also cause temporary skin redness, swelling, or numbness. Typically, you can resume normal activities immediately following a brachioplasty procedure, and most patients are able to begin exercising again within six to eight weeks.
Looking to reshape your arms for a tight and trim upper body? Come see us!
When choosing a doctor to perform your brachioplasty procedure, it’s important to seek a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Shumway received his training at the nation’s finest medical centers and performs modern techniques in body shaping for both men and women every day.
At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery, we understand that undergoing cosmetic surgery is a big deal. Because of this, it can be comforting to know that Dr. Shumway will personally guide you in choosing the most appropriate cosmetic procedure to help you achieve your goals.
If you’re looking to trim fat and reshape your upper arms with a non-invasive procedure and minimal downtime, consider a brachioplasty. It could be the key to a more contoured upper body and enhanced self-esteem! Give us a call to schedule your consultation with Dr. Shumway today.