Anytime people are overweight and then lose a great deal of weight, they may be left with excessive skin on their upper arms. This is due to the fact that original, heavy weight can cause skin to stretch. Once the weight is gone, people are them left with extra skin on their arms that may not only be unappealing cosmetically, but also get in the way of their day-to-day lives. For this reason, people may consider undergoing brachioplasty.
Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that allows for the removal of excessive skin in the upper arm region. Unfortunately, some people shy away from this plastic surgery procedure because of the scarring.
The good news is that when people choose to work with a competent and experienced plastic surgeon, they can be assured that the surgeon will take every measure possible to make sure scars are minimal. The scars from brachioplasty are located on the inside of patients' arms and are not visible when peoples' arms are at rest. Most people that have brachioplasty say they were happy to trade in their excess skin for minimal scarring.
Also, the appearance of scarring can be reduced if patients follow proper aftercare instructions that are provided by their surgeons. For example, patients that smoke are told to give up smoking weeks before their surgeries as this behavior can increase the risk of more dramatic scars from brachioplasty.