Arm Envy Motivating Arm Lift Surgery

By Dr. James White

Are you guilty of arm envy? If you have found yourself coveting the toned arms of celebrities like Kelly Ripa or Jennifer Aniston, you may be guilty. Rest assured you are not the only one with this so-called “arm envy” as a growing number of the population are turning to plastic surgery to attain more attractive arms and battle flab.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, brachioplasty, better known as arm lift surgery, has increased in popularity by a remarkable 4,378% since 2000. However, with only an estimated 15,457 arm lifts performed in 2012, the procedure has yet to become as popular as more household name procedures like breast augmentation, liposuction and facelift surgery.

While arm envy is partially responsible for this new trend, experts believe there are more factors contributing to the phenomenon. With significant weight loss occurring more frequently among the population, Allen D. Rosen, MD of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons explains,”Gastric bypass has increased the number of patients like this in the past decade, but I have also seen many more patients, from teens to the elderly, who take charge of their lives and lose massive amounts of weight through diet and exercise alone.”

Arm lift surgery is particularly ideal for patients who are plagued with an excess of loose, arm skin often resembling “wings”. Because this excess tissue, resistant to diet and exercise, is comprised of deflated skin as opposed to fat cells, liposuction is not an effective treatment and could actually make the condition worse. To effectively combat this unsightly and often embarrassing problem, the skin must be surgically removed. This is the basis of arm lift surgery.

During arm lift surgery, an incision is made from the armpit to the elbow. Excess skin is then surgically removed . Once the appropriate amount of tissue has been removed, the incision site is then closed with sutures.

Although arm lift surgery can help many patients achieve an improved appearance, unfortunately, there is a tradeoff. Arm lift patients must be willing to exchange their “flabby wings” for a visible scar present at the incision site. Luckily, the growing field of aesthetics has provided better surgical techniques . “Combine this with today’s barbed suture technology, fractional laser treatments, silicone-gel sheeting and other scar management treatments and you now have a greater population of patients getting better results from brachioplasty (arm lift) than ever before”, remarks Dr. Rosen.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your arms, you may be a viable candidate for arm lift surgery. Call (423) 648-4011 to schedule your complimentary consultation with our Board Certified Surgeons.

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