The upper arms are perhaps the most stubborn part of the body to get into shape. Many people may have a daily exercise routine, combined with a healthy diet, yet still have excess, flabby skin hanging off the arms. This can be particularly frustrating when patients have lost a dramatic amount of weight. Some of these people will opt to undergo an arm lift procedure as the finishing touch on all of their weight loss accomplishments. According to WebMD, approximately 15,500 arm lift surgical procedures were performed in 2012. This was up by 3 percent from the previous year. A total of 98 percent of these procedures were performed on women. A total of 40 percent of arm lift procedures were done on patients between the ages of 40 and 55, and 33 percent of patients were over the age of 50.
Although most patients will be happy with their final results, there are a few instances in which they may not be completely satisfied with the outcome of their arm lift procedure. In such instances, patients may not wish to go back to their original surgeon, but seek out one who specializes in not only correcting for the problems with the arm lift but also in achieving the look patients wanted from the initial procedure. Dr. Vincent Marin has performed many cosmetic revision procedures in the course of his practice and is one of the leading surgeons in helping patients get the toned arms they want.
Causes for a Revision Arm Lift Procedure
The most common reason for undergoing a revision arm lift procedure is that not enough excess skin was removed with the first procedure. In these cases, patients are still left with flabby looking upper arms. This may be due to more weight loss after the initial procedure or because the skin was not properly draped to the body during the first procedure.
In other cases, patients may be concerned about excessive scarring and wish to undergo a second procedure to reduce the amount of scarring. This may be due to poor wound healing from the first procedure, or too much tension along the internal or external sutures, causing the incisions to separate before they can fully heal.
Revision Arm Lift Surgical Procedures
In cases where there is still excess skin, Dr. Marin can simply perform a second arm lift procedure to remove more excess skin. He may even be able to perform the procedure using the same incision line, which may reduce the amount of scarring from the second procedure.
In cases of excess scarring from the initial surgical procedure, Dr. Marin may be required to go back in along the same incision line to better anchor the internal sutures to the tissue and muscle, and also remove some of the excess scarrings. The incision may also require special taping so as not to pull apart again, which may potentially create even more scarring.
Patients who have worked hard to get their bodies into shape have every reason to be proud of their accomplishments. Contact Marin Aesthetics today to schedule a consultation.
*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.