As we age, gravity takes its toll and our skin begins to sag. This can be especially prominent on the upper arms and the thighs, and can cause self-consciousness when wearing summer clothes like t-shirts or shorts. A “lift” is a term for tightening loose, sagging skin; and in addition to the better-known facelift or neck lift .
What Is an Arm Lift or Thigh Lift?
An arm lift consists of tightening loose, sagging skin on the arms. Excess skin is excised, and the remaining skin is drawn more tightly to create a firmer, more youthful appearance. A thigh lift does the same, but on the thighs instead of the upper arms. Incisions will be made either on the inner arm or back of the arm for an arm lift, and on the inner thigh for a thigh lift. Your surgeon will take the utmost care in the placement of incisions to leave the least amount of scarring possible. However, it’s important to realize that there will be a scar. Most patients find that the end results are worth it, but be sure to discuss any concerns you have with your surgeon.
Arm or Thigh Lift Candidates
Candidates for an arm or thigh lift will have loose, sagging skin that they want to tighten. If you have stubborn underarm or thigh fat, liposuction may be a more appropriate procedure for you. An arm lift or thigh lift addresses only loose, sagging skin, not fat. If you have both excess fat and sagging skin, you may want to combine liposuction and an arm or thigh lift. Many patients find that this combination procedure yields the best results.
In addition to having loose, sagging skin on the upper arms or thighs, candidates
Be in general good health
Have realistic expectations