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Cosmetic Treatment Options for the Arms

By Brian Kobienia, MD, FACS on October 04, 2015


A woman flexing her armHaving fit and toned arms can make a major difference for your overall appearance. The problem is, it can be difficult to keep your arms looking their very best. That's especially true of the the shoulders and the triceps, which can be problem areas of the body for many people due to weight gain, weight loss, or the natural aging process.

Dr. Brian Kobienia of Edina has helped numerous patients with these matters thanks to advanced body contouring and fat reduction surgery as well as state-of-the-art skin care techniques. Let's take a few moments to consider these treatment options.

Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty)

When a person has drooping or sagging upper arms as a result of age or major weight changes, the ideal option to consider for treatment is the arm lift. Arm lift surgery involves an incision made in the armpit that extends toward the elbow. Through this incision, a plastic surgeon can remove excess fat and skin, tightening the overall contour of the shoulder and tricep and helping your arms look toned and muscular.

The size of the incision for arm lift surgery can vary, and depends on how much skin and fat needs to be removed in order to improve the contour of the arm area. The exact length of the incision can be discussed in greater detail during your consultation.

Liposuction of the Upper Arms

If a patient has issues with fat and flabbiness in the shoulders and triceps, sometimes a full arm lift is not necessary. In such cases, liposuction may be performed on the upper arms. When this is done, the removal of fat can make a major difference, bringing out the definition of the shoulders and triceps in the process.

It should be noted that liposuction is often a part of arm lift surgery, and it's not uncommon to combine the two procedures in various ways in order to achieve a patient's aesthetic goals.

Laser Hair Removal

Excess hair can be a major hassle and lead to lots of self-consciousness. Women in particular who have hairy forearms may avoid wearing short sleeves or certain kinds of tops because of this self-consciousness. Rather than shaving, waxing, or using hair removal products over the counter, a number of people consider laser hair removal. Laser hair removal targets the hair and the follicle, and it can also prevent or limit hair regrowth in the treated areas.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Tattoos can be decorative and quite beautiful, though there are certain changes in your life that could lead a tattoo to be the source of regret. In these cases, you can consider undergoing laser tattoo removal. The procedure uses carefully controlled pulses of laser light to help remove the ink from the skin, leaving the tattooed portion of the skin ink free.

Multiple laser tattoo removal sessions are often required to achieve optimal results, and certain pigments of ink may be more difficult to remove than others. We can discuss this in more detail during the consultation process.

Skin Care Treatments

There are times when the issue with the arms has less to do with tone and definition and more to do with overall appearance and a sense of glow. That's where undergoing skin care treatments is important to consider. We have a number of resurfacing and rejuvenating skin care procedures that can help improve the texture and appearance of skin that's dry or sun damaged.

Learn More About Treatments for Your Arms

To learn more about the different body contouring and sculpting options available, it's important that you contact our cosmetic skin care and plastic surgery center today. Dr. Brian Kobienia looks forward to your visit and helping you look your absolute best.

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