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How to Tone Your Arms After Massive Weight Loss

Category: Brachioplasty

How to Tone Your Arms After Massive Weight Loss

Even though massive weight loss can completely change your life for the better, it can also leave you with flabby upper arms. Excess fat and skin in the upper arms may prevent you from showing your arms or feeling comfortable wearing certain clothing items. Here are a few ways to tone your arms after massive weight loss.

Exercise Your Arms

Lifting weights is an excellent way to gain and retain muscle strength. Bariatric surgery patients and anyone attempting massive weight loss, particularly in a short period of time, should make an extra effort to build muscle during the weight-loss period because the body may lose muscle mass in addition to fat. Arm exercises with dumbbells, barbells, dips, push-ups, and other methods can help your arm muscles and tissues stay tight and firm and prevent some tissue laxity.

Stay Hydrated

During massive weight loss and particularly after bariatric surgery, you will need to make sure that your body stays hydrated. This is important for many reasons, but a surprising reason is how much it can help your skin. Dry skin lacks resilience and may be prone to weakness and wrinkles. To keep your skin as healthy and strong as possible, stay well-hydrated. In a small way, this practice can help to maintain skin quality during and after massive weight loss.

Get Brachioplasty

Arm Lift Before and After PhotosWhile these steps can help to prevent some tissue laxity, losing over 100 pounds will most likely leave you with some loose upper arm skin despite your best efforts to prevent it. Brachioplasty (arm lift surgery) is a plastic surgery procedure that can eliminate excess upper arm skin and improve the contour of your upper arms so that they look smooth and tight. Many patients undergo brachioplasty and other similar procedures after significant weight loss to create a smoother silhouette and attain their hard-earned physique.
Dr. Frank Agullo can perform brachioplasty to improve the shape of your upper arms after massive weight loss. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Agullo, please call (915) 590-7900 or fill out our online contact form today.

Improve Your Appearance Following Weight Loss

Improve Your Appearance Following Weight LossMajor weight loss can simultaneously be the most triumphant and frustrating experience in your life. It is no small task to stick to your diet and exercise plan. Shedding those unwanted pounds and reaching your goal feels amazing. What doesn’t feel as great? Not having the body you envisioned at the start of your weight-loss journey. What keeps many men and women motivated through their weight loss is the idea of the new, fit body they will have achieved at the end of it all. However, this healthier, leaner you is often obstructed by excess, sagging skin. If you are frustrated with your appearance, body contouring to improve your appearance following major weight loss may be just what you need.



What Is Body Contouring?

Body contouring includes a set of select procedures that are designed to eliminate excess skin and fat to enhance your body’s physique. Each body contouring procedure is customized to the patient in order to target your trouble spots and highlight your body’s natural curvature. Possible treatments included as a part of body contouring are:

  • Tummy TuckAchieves a flatter, smoother abdomen by eliminating excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles
  • LiposuctionRemoves excess fat to enhance slender curves in women and create better body definition in men and women
  • Lower Body LiftTargets sagging tissues around the hips, thighs, and buttocks for a slimmer, more toned lower body
  • Thigh LiftRemoves sagging thigh tissue for more toned legs and to eliminate painful chafing
  • Breast EnhancementsMay include a breast lift and/or breast augmentation to restore firmness, shape, and volume to drooping, deflated breasts
  • Arm LiftRemoves sagging arm tissue for firmer, slimmer arms

Why Choose Body Contouring?

Body Contouring Before and After PhotosMany people struggle to avoid surgery during their weight loss, while others undergo surgery and don’t desire to do it again. It can be disappointing for some that surgery is their only option. However, body contouring surgeries offer numerous benefits that often outweigh the drawbacks of surgery, including:

  • Permanent and precise removal of skin and fat
  • Elimination of painful skin irritations and chafing caused by excess folds of skin
  • Removal of stubborn fat deposits that resist diet and exercise
  • A stronger abdominal core
  • Enhancement of new, lean muscles
  • Customized procedures tailored to the patient’s needs

When Should I Consider Body Contouring?

Body contouring is often right for both men and women following major weight loss or for patients with large amounts of excess skin. Patients should be within their goal weight and should have maintained a stable weight for at least six months. Future weight loss or gain can affect the quality of body contouring surgery results. Some health conditions may prevent you from qualifying for body contouring, which will be discussed during your consultation.

If you are ready to reveal the new, fitter, and healthier you following weight loss, schedule your body contouring consultation with Dr. Agullo today. Contact our office at (915) 590-7900 or fill out our online contact form for additional information.

Increase in Plastic Surgery Countouring Procedures after massive Weight Loss

body contouring conceptA marked increase in the number of bariatric procedures in the United States has started affecting plastic surgery volumes according to the press release by the American Society of Plastic surgeons (ASPS). Body contouring procedures including abdominoplasty, thigh lifts, breast lifts and arm lifts grew at the fastest rate in 2014. The trend in growth is expected to continue.  In 2013 almost 500 bariatric procedures were performed every day in the United States.

Of the body contouring procedures, thigh lifts and arm lifts had the highest increase in five years, both up by 90%.  Nevertheless, abdominoplasties and mastopexy procedures continue to increase in volume as well. Having said this, Dr. Agullo believes that the main surgery performed in his practice after massive weight loss is the circumferential body lift or lower body lift.

After massive weight loss procedures patients experience an improvement in health, often curing related health problems such as diabetes and hypertension.    A large amount of weight loss does result in excess skin and other problems such as skin rashes and difficulties in mobility.  Oftentimes body contouring procedures after massive weight loss are key in the improvement of quality of life and part of the transformation of these patients.

At Southwest Plastic Surgery, Dr. Agullo specializes in multiple body contouring procedures,  or “total body lifts”, which can be combined in a single procedure.   Using the latest techniques and strict safety guidelines, Dr. Agullo is able to offer combinations of upper arm lifts, breast lifts, excision of back folds, circumferential abdominoplasties, thigh lifts, and face lifts in one setting. This can only be achieved by an experienced team.

Some of the procedures are covered by insurance due to the morbidity caused by the occurrence of skin infections in the infra-abdominal folds.   The most often covered procedure is panniculectomy, which removes the excess skin and tissue below the lower abdominal fold.

In 2014 approximately 45,000 patients underwent body-contouring procedures after massive weight loss in the United States. Dr. Agullo has noticed an increasing number of patients seeking body contouring procedures after massive weight loss at Southwest Plastic Surgery as well.    By offering both CareCredit and Alphaeon Credit, many patients are able to finance their procedures, thus making it more feasible.

If you or a loved have experienced massive weight loss and wish to improve your body contour give us a call today.

Getting Rid of “Arm Flab”

shutterstock_177004775Something strange happens as we age, and that is the loss of skin elasticity. Even the strongest man or woman in the world might find themselves with extra skin underneath the arms, particularly in the triceps area. Moms know they have superhuman strength from lifting their babies and children, but somehow gravity does little to back this up; after a certain age range.

You may have heard many terms for the “arm flab” just underneath the biceps. Some call them “Bat Wings” and Oprah calls them “Ham Hocks”. There’s even a new term called “Bye Bye Arms”. All of these derogatory terms refer to the flaps of skin and fat that keep waving long after you wave goodbye! Even those who are considered fit, or at least, not fat, may notice this problem as the skin loses its firmness.

Dr. Frank Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM can get your arms back in top condition! Through either a brachioplasty – which is also known as an upper arm lift – or liposuction, the skin underneath the arms can be liposuctioned and trimmed. This is especially great for people who may have lost significant weight, or who have mid-to-moderate underarm sagging.

Another alternative procedure has also come into the limelight. It’s called “Vanquish” and works best for people who still have good skin elasticity, but who have some fat excess they want to get rid of. Vanquish is minimally invasive and can be done in about an hour, per arm. It does not hurt and patients can leave and return to their regular day-to-day activities by the next day!

One last “arm flab” solution at Agullo Plastic Surgery is done through the use of ultrasound technology. Ulthera is a device that uses magnetic pulses and different frequencies to tighten the skin. This option is great for people who don’t have a lot of fat, but who just want to tighten up the underarm areas to eliminate those Bat Wings. Ulthera works by stimulating the collagen in the affected zones. Patients may see a substantial reduction in the arm circumference over a period of several treatments. The warm sensation is also soothing and relaxing, with no pain or downtime, plus no worry about damaging the underlying nerves.

Dr. Agullo is a board-certified, award-winning plastic surgeon who can help you get your arm flab under control, so you can feel confident again wearing sundresses, beachwear and other favorite summer styles! Call 915-590-7900 to schedule a consultation and see if any of these arm reduction solutions are right for you.

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