What’s the Flapping All About!

arm liftWant a truly unwelcome sign of aging? Wrinkles, creases, age spots? Puhleeze. How about upper underarms that flap in the wind? Ugh.

Don’t put up with it. Have Dr. Saltz address those “bat wings” with an arm lift.

It’s just one more thing to despise about aging! With the ongoing loss of collagen and elastin as we age, our skin loosens and support tissues start supporting less. This is especially true on the skin under your upper arms. And it’s even more true if you’ve gained and lost some weight; it will show itself in bat wings!

But Dr. Saltz can return your upper arms to their former tauter selves with an arm lift.

How can you tell if you need an arm lift

Some people think that if they did one million triceps exercises their bat wings will go back to the cave. That may be true IF your skin still has good elasticity. If not, your upper arms, they will be a-flapping! If exercise doesn’t seem to do much of anything for those upper arms, and arm lift may be in order.

The procedure

In an arm lift Dr. Saltz removes the excess skin and fat from the upper arms, creating a more contoured appearance. An incision is made on either the bottom of your arm or the backside. It runs usually from the elbow to the armpit. Excess fat and skin are removed and Dr. Saltz tightens the underlying muscles. When the procedure is complete, you’ll wear compression garments around your upper arms during your recovery to help them adapt to their new smaller, tighter contour.

Recovery

Most arm lift patients return to work after one or two weeks, and can resume normal exercise and activity in about six weeks. But patients need to be careful because physical activity can aggravate the stitches and reshaped muscle tissue.  Scars will fade over the next 18 months to where they will not be overly noticeable.

Tired of your upper arms flapping in the summer breeze? Call Dr. Saltz at his Salt Lake or Park City offices and schedule a consultation about an arm lift.

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