Ask the Doctor – August 6, 2010

Q: The skin on my arms is saggy, no matter how much I exercise.  Are there any procedures that can help?

A: There are three techniques to improve the contour of the arms: Conventional liposuction, an arm lift (brachioplasty) and SmartLipo. Conventional liposuction removes excess fatty tissue, an arm lift removes excess skin and/or fatty tissue from the underarm to the elbow, and SmartLipo is a revolutionary liposuction technique where a laser is used to liquefy fat cells and coagulate tissues. If you are considering any of these, discuss all the options with your physician to determine which would be right for you.

Diane Alexander

Diane Z. Alexander, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon and Chief of Surgery
Northside Hospital

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