According to a report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 15,000 upper arm lifts were conducted in 2012. This represents a dramatic increase over the 300 procedures conducted in 2000. Gregory Evans MD, the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, attributes this surge in upper arm lift popularity to an increased awareness among women of their options for dealing with loose, flabby upper arms. Other doctors point to media buzz about the toned arms of celebrities like Michelle Obama as the root cause of sudden popularity of upper arm lifts. Either way, it’s clear that this procedure is helping thousands of men and women to feel better about their appearance.
New report shows dramatic increase in the number of upper arm lifts
Causes of Upper Arm Issues
Upper arms can become saggy or droopy due to weight gain, weight loss, aging, heredity, or a combination of all these factors. Weight gain can cause arms to accumulate fat and create a dimpled look, and even when the weight is lost sagging excess skin may remain. Sudden weight loss, especially if muscle mass is lost, can also lead to problems, and of course the loss of skin elasticity that occurs as we age doesn’t help matters any.
Options for Improving the Appearance of Upper Arms
Diet and exercise are two non-invasive ways of improving the appearance of upper arms. However, sometimes diet and exercise are not enough, or a more immediate result is desired. In this case, patients have two surgical options: liposuction and upper arm lifts. Liposuction removes fat from the upper arm and helps contour skin around existing muscle. An upper arm lift tightens drooping or sagging skin.
Is an Upper Arm Lift Right for You?
An upper arm lift is really the only way to eliminate excess skin that has lost its elasticity. The downside of this procedure is that it does leave a scar. In order to determine if an upper arm lift is right for you, you’ll have to decide if your arms’ appearance will be sufficiently improved to make the scarring worthwhile. An expert from Mira Aesthetic Medical Center & Spa can help you with this decision and also recommend treatments to minimize the appearance of the scarring. Please contact us today to learn more about upper arm lifts and other cosmetic surgery procedures that can help you feel better about your appearance and more comfortable in your body.