- Brachioplasty, which combines surgical skin excision with RF tightening and liposuction, is the most complete correction.
- RFAL or J Plasma plus liposuction is a good solution for those needing moderate correction, and for patients hoping to avoid a long incision.
- Halo resurfacing, IPL for pigmentation, and microneedling with DefenAge offer improvement for skin quality in the upper and lower arms and hands.
Unattractive upper arms are a common concern, especially during middle age. Some women have disproportionately large upper arms, while others dislike the way their skin hangs and jiggles during arm motion. Younger women may be troubled by excess fat that looks unsightly when wearing a sleeveless blouse or swimsuit. Excess upper arm skin is also a common problem following weight loss. There are several arm contouring methods of treating upper arm laxity, excess fat, or skin quality concerns.
We are happy to be able to provide a full range of solutions, including surgical brachioplasty, minimally invasive RF-assisted skin tightening, and resurfacing, IPL, and microneedling for improvement in sun-damaged or crepey arm skin.
REAL PATIENT STORY
This 67-year-old was very fit but found that no amount of diet and exercise could improve her large and flabby upper arms. Because she had disproportionately large upper arms with quite a bit of excess skin, she opted for surgical skin excision combined with liposuction and RF assisted skin tightening.
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I’d like to fix my arms but I don’t want a long scar that will show in sleeveless clothing.
What about my arm skin quality? I spent time in the sun when I was younger, now the skin is wrinkly and discolored.
Recovery time and results. How to choose a procedure.
RF assisted liposuction utilizes the Inmode BodyTite device or J Plasma, or a combination. It is chosen if pendulous skin measures two inches or less. In this procedure, tumescent fluid is infused and some liposuction is performed. Dr. Duncan uses a circumferential technique to tighten the skin around the entire arm. This helps to avoid wrinkly skin at the base of the arm. A compression garment is worn for several weeks, but patients can return to work within a couple of days.
Why would regular liposuction not work since it costs less?
Dr. Duncan did research on this topic and found that traditional suction assisted lipectomy (SAL) could generate skin shrinkage of about 8% at one year postop as measured with a Canfield Vectra computerized system. Laser assisted liposuction can shrink skin about 13-17%. She chooses radiofrequency as an energy source, because skin tightening using this device measured 36% at one year postop. Most patients need more than just a minor amount of skin tightening.
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Dr. Duncan’s artistic style results in dramatic, yet natural improvements. She works with each individual patient to create a personalized treatment plan based on his or her unique situation and desired goals. We would love to speak with you about achieving the best version of yourself. Call Plastic Surgical Associates in Fort Collins today at 970.493.7445 or click the button below to request a consultation. You can also email us any inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.