Loose upper arm skin is most often related to skin failing to tighten after dramatic weight loss or aging. Arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, reduces the circumference of the upper arm, removes sagging tissue, and creates a sleeker, more toned appearance in the patient’s upper arms.
Who can benefit from arm lift surgery?
Good candidates for arm lift surgery exhibit a significant amount of sagging tissue on their upper arms, with a limited amount of fat. Patients should also be healthy, non-smokers, who are capable of understanding the risks and benefits of surgery. The main drawback of arm lift surgery is the prominence of the scars. While they improve and flatten out over time, they are permanent and will always be somewhat evident. When an arm lift is appropriate, patients are willing to accept these scars in return for a more attractive overall arm shape.
The Arm Lift Procedure
Recontouring the arms can sometimes include both liposuction and the surgical removal of excess skin. General anesthesia is used for this procedure. An incision is made around the armpit and chest area, which extends on the back of the arm toward the elbow. The length of the arm lift incision may vary depending on the patient. Skin and tissue of the upper arm is removed and tightened with sutures.
After Arm Lift Surgery
Dressings are applied immediately after surgery. The average time of healing and recovery for an arm lift is two to six weeks. During this time, the arms will need to be elevated, kept straight and repetitive arm movements should be avoided, at least during the initial recovery period. Pain control is provided through oral medications and antibiotics may also be prescribed.
Arm lift surgery is satisfying for many patients who feel self-conscious about baring their arms. Imagine feeling comfortable enough to wear a sleeveless shirt on a hot day or a strapless gown to a black tie event. Through the upper arm lift, our patients have been able to enjoy such options.