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So, you are really bothered by the excess, loose and flabby skin of your upper arm skin which you find annoying and somewhat unsightly…

And, unfortunately, it’s not the in thing – there’s no twerking equivalent for your upper arms (Google “twerking” if you don’t know what it is though it does involve the rhythmic shaking/gyrations of one’s behind). There are also no songs written about it, akin to those involving the buttocks such as “Shake Your Booty” by KC and the Sunshine Band back in the mid 1970’s.

Well then, you may want to consider undergoing an arm lift (brachioplasty), the plastic surgery procedure that removes the excess, hanging skin and contours your upper arms to a more youthful, pleasing appearance. As noted in Arm Lifts Show Meteoric Rise in Popularity Over the Last Decade, the popularity of this procedure has skyrocketed over the last decade. Much of this can be attributed to the burgeoning number of obese people during this period of time who have lost tremendous amounts of weight after undergoing weight loss procedures such as the Lap-Band, gastric bypass and stomach stapling and who are now dealing with the end results – excessive, droopy, flabby and unsightly skin of their arms (and, typically, elsewhere as well). Genetic factors, marked sun exposure and just getting older with loss of skin elasticity are the other etiological factors.

An arm lift procedure typically involves a T-shaped incision situated on the inner part of the upper arm, extending from the armpit (axilla) to the elbow, with removal of the excess fat and skin and arm contouring. I find that the best scars are obtained with placement of multiple suture layers deep to the upper arm skin along with an aggressive postoperative scar care regimen.

The postoperative results can be quite dramatic and pleasing. Patients of mine who have undergone this procedure have been extremely happy with their results and are no longer self-conscious about the appearance of their arms.

If you would like more information on an arm lift or on for any other plastic surgery procedure that I perform, please call my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona


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