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Liposuction of the arms is useful for patients with a limited amount of excess fat of the arms that is unresponsive to dieting and exercise. Liposuction is most successful in patients with reasonably good skin tone. armlift is useful for patients with a large amount of excess skin with or without some excess fat.
The best thing about armlift is the removal of hanging skin (which some people refer to as “bat wings”). This makes the arms slimmer, more attractive in shape, and allows more clothing options.
The worst thing about armlift is the scars, which extend on the inner arms from the armpits to the elbows. These are reasonably concealed with the arms down and do fade significantly with time. But they are clearly a significant trade-off.
Wait. It is best to be within about 10 to 20 pounds of your planned long-term weight prior to armlift. The more weight you lose prior to surgery, the more skin excess Dr. Friedman can remove during surgery. Major weight loss after armlift surgery may cause some recurrent skin excess. If you maintain a stable weight after surgery, your results will generally be long lasting.
Dr. Friedman generally places arm compression sleeves after surgery. These are worn for at least 2 weeks continuously after surgery, helping to reduce swelling and maintain your contour. He generally does not use drains for armlift.