Although the cliche claims that only two things in life are sure – death and taxes – you could easily add a third to that list: sagging. As you get older, skin starts to sag. A loss of elasticity, decreased collagen and gravity all conspire against you to make your skin sag.
That sagging isn’t confined to one area of the body, either. It can happen in several places. If you’re noticing that your skin is a bit more droopy than before and you’d like to restore some firmness and the appearance of youth, plastic surgery can help. Take a look at a few of the options available to you.
Restore a Toned Look to Your Arms: Arm Lift
If you ask a group of women what area of their body embarrasses them the most, the odds are likely that at least one of them will say their arms. As you get older, the skin in the upper arm area loses elasticity. The muscles can become less toned and fat deposits can build up. That can cause the upper arm to look droopy and flabby. Once the elasticity in the skin is lost, no amount of tricep dips or bicep curls will restore a toned look to the area.
If you’ve given up on wearing sleeveless shirts because of the “bat wings” or flabby skin under your arms, you might want to consider an arm lift. Also called a brachioplasty, an arm lift can help make your upper arms look more shapely and toned. The procedure removes excess loose skin from the area and can also remove deposits of excess fat.
During an arm lift, your surgeon will make an incision from around the armpit area down to the elbow. How long the incision is depends on how much skin he will remove during the procedure. Along with cutting away the extra loose skin, your surgeon might perform liposuction to remove any excess fat.
An arm lift usually takes between one and two hours to perform and recovery takes about a week. You might need to postpone certain activities, such as weight lifting and other forms of exercise, for several weeks afterward.
Although an arm lift can dramatically improve the appearance and shape of your arms, the surgery will leave a scar along the length of the upper arm. The size of the scar depends on the length of the initial incision. The scar can fade considerably as you heal after surgery, but it might be visible for some time.
Fix Sagging in the Face: Facelift, Browlift, Eyelid Lift, Neck Lift
Sagging can also develop in the facial area, adding years to your appearance. Depending on the location of the sagging, it can also make it difficult for you to see. For example, a heavy, sagging brow or droopy upper eyelids can obstruct your vision.
Several surgical procedures, including a facelift, browlift, eyelid lift and neck lift, can reduce sagging in specific areas of the face. A neck lift, for example, will tighten the skin in the neck area, reducing the appearance of a “turkey’s wattle” and helping you look years younger. A facelift can tighten looseness in the lower third of the face, eliminating the appearance of jowls. An eyelid lift helps correct drooping upper eyelids and can also reduce the appearance of under eye bags in the lower lids. A browlift can help you look more alert, awake and youthful by reducing heaviness or sagging in the forehead and eyebrow area.
Which surgery is right for you depends in part on the location of the sagging. It’s also possible to combine multiple facial procedures to create an more rejuvenated look overall.
Elevate Sagging Breasts: Breast Lift
It’s not only the aging process that can have an effect on the size, shape and position of your breasts. Things like pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight loss or gain can also affect the breasts. While some women want to increase their breast size with surgery, it’s also fairly common to correct any sagging with a breast lift. Your surgeon can perform a breast lift on its own or combine it with another surgery, such as breast augmentation.
During a breast lift, the surgeon will remove excess skin around the breast area and reposition the breasts to create a more elevated look. The surgery doesn’t specifically address size, but some women notice that reducing sag also helps to make their breasts look larger.
Practicing in Houston, Texas, Dr. Paul Vitenas is one of the top rated plastic surgeons in the country. He regularly performs breast surgeries, as well as facial plastic surgeries and plastic surgery on other areas of the body. If you are concerned about sagging, call 281-484-0088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas today.