Fluctuations in weight, age, and heredity can cause your upper arm skin to have a drooping, sagging appearance. Unfortunately, this is a condition that often cannot be corrected through exercise. Brachioplasty (arm lift) is a surgical procedure that reduces excess upper arm soft tissue.
Cindy M. grew up in a small town in South Dakota where she attended grades K through 12. Whether it was sunny out or freezing, Cindy walked two blocks to get to school. During winter, the trek to and from school was just a warm-up for her true passion of the time, ice-skating. Every year, Cindy’s dad would take her to buy a new pair of Johnson figure skates. “It didn’t matter if it was 40 degrees below zero; we were at the ice rink skating,” she said.
As an adult, Cindy took on a position as an Executive Administrative Assistant. She enjoyed having the authority to do what she thought was best for the company. By the time she was 40 years old, computers were beginning to be commonplace in the workplace. She did what any savvy career-driven woman would have done, she went to college. “I really appreciated the opportunity to go to college and put my best effort into it. I graduated with honors and did that while working a 40 hour week, taking care of a husband, a son and a home,” said Cindy.
On the verge of retirement, Cindy underwent gastric weight loss surgery and eventually achieved her ideal weight. However, she was left with “bat wings” that drove her nuts. “I hated wearing short sleeves; so I decided to do something about it,” she said. She was impressed with Dr. Stephanie Teotia’s bedside manner and immediately felt comfortable with her. Yes, she had found the plastic surgeon that would perform her brachioplasty. Cindy started seeing results immediately after surgery. After 2-3 weeks, she was back to her normal activities. “It took away the embarrassment of having this excess skin hanging off of me. I can wear anything with or without sleeves and not be worried about how it looks, because it looks great!” she said.
Cindy now enjoys volunteering as a Board of Director at a local humane society and working as a Project Coordinator for the Dog Park project in Dallas. “It is a labor of love for me. I am so excited to see it coming to fruition.” Every day is different. When asked if the present was better or worse then when she was younger, Cindy said, “Much better! If I had known how much better this is, I would have retired many years ago. Of course, I would have starved to death and had to pitch a tent in the park.” ????
Note: Patient’s name has been changed for privacy purposes