Dr. Jason Emer’s experience as one of the most innovative cosmetic surgeons in Beverly Hills has fueled his passion for building an ingredient-conscious, effective and versatile portfolio of skincare products, regimens and procedures.
Women who undergo dramatic weight loss often find that excess skin and pockets of excess fat have formed on their upper arms. The arms acquire a crepe-like appearance and look deflated rather than firm, toned, and lean. These issues are typically impossible to address using conventional weight-loss methods.
An arm lift, also called a brachioplasty, is the single best anti-aging solution for excess skin and fat on the upper arms. This cosmetic body-contouring procedure improves the appearance of the upper arms. By tightening the underlying tissues in the right places, Dr. Emer can even create support that prevents future sagging.
Most women report that they are very happy with the results of this treatment. It makes clothing fit more easily and eliminates chafing during physical activities. It also offers a boost to women looking for the motivation to start a regular exercise regimen.
When performing an arm lift and tightening for women, Dr. Emer frequently combines a number of arm-contouring methods. This allows for the most precise sculpting and creates impressive natural-looking results. Energy-based skin-tightening and contouring can be performed, along with high-definition liposuction to emphasize certain muscle groups for a fitter look.
The procedure begins with the administration of a combination of local anesthesia and sedation. In some cases, general anesthesia is preferred. This choice will be made during the patient’s initial consultation.
Incisions are then carefully created. These can be made on the underside of the arm or on the inner arm. They are made along the length of the elbow to the armpit. When a smaller amount of tissue needs to be removed, incisions may be shorter, and when a larger amount must be removed, they may be longer.
Excess skin is excised using a scalpel. The remaining skin is tightened and secured in place with the use of stitches. Additionally, liposuction might be used to remove pockets of excess stubborn fat. Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures.
Non-invasive options help improve the appearance of crepe-y arm skin and give the arms a degree of toning, tightening, and lifting. They do this without any need for incisions or scalpels, making for a quicker and easier recovery process. Additionally, no anesthesia is required.
Energy-based treatments such as Venus Legacy, BTL Exilis Ultra, and InMode Contoura/Forma non-invasively firm and tighten the skin by stimulating cells that produce collagen. These treatments also break apart connective tissue fibers that pull the surface skin down, creating dimples and folds. After a series of treatments, the skin appears smoother, tighter, and more lifted.
BTL Exilis Ultra is a unique device for tightening, as it combines two modalities – radiofrequency and ultrasound – to administer heat more deeply into the skin, lifting both deep and superficial tissue. The best part is that not only is it effective, it is an easy treatment with no downtime that feels like a relaxing hot-stone massage.
Another non-invasive energy-based treatment, CoolSculpting, applies cooling energy to the fat cells to destroy them, signaling the body to gradually flush them out. This results in natural contouring and volume reduction.
The results of an arm lift and tightening for women last for years after the treatment has been performed. Brachioplasty surgery offers very long-lasting results, while non-surgical arm-lift treatments may need to be repeated to maintain their skin-tightening benefits. Reduction of excess fat is permanent.
Following the surgery, you will return home to rest and recover. Typically, it is necessary to take a break from your normal schedule for the first week.
You might be provided topical medication to apply to the treatment sites in order to prevent infections. Pain medication is commonly prescribed to address any pain or discomfort. You will receive compression garments to control swelling and encourage the skin to conform to the new underlying contours.
During recovery, you must avoid using your arms for any physically taxing activities or even lifting them needlessly for several weeks. This helps to ensure the stitches don’t open up again, impairing the healing process. Light walking is acceptable during this time.
It will be important to attend follow-up appointments to ensure that all healing is going as expected and without complications. During a follow-up appointment around one week from the procedure, Dr. Emer will remove your sutures.
Once all swelling has fully disappeared, you will be able to enjoy the final results of your arm lift and tightening.
To achieve personalized arm lifting and tightening for women, Dr. Emer combines numerous treatment modalities. This allows for precise and subtle contouring and toning. During a consultation, Dr. Emer assesses the proportions of the body as a whole to ensure that results look incredibly natural.
The consultation process with Dr. Emer involves an in-depth discussion of the patient’s aesthetic goals, along with their complete medical history. Additionally, Dr. Emer gives patients detailed preparation directions that must be followed as closely as possible. Preparation typically involves avoiding NSAID medications and tobacco.