As you age, your skin loses elasticity and gravity starts to take over. Many people begin to notice the skin on their upper arms starts to sag away from the muscle and bone. This sagging skin might wiggle or shake whenever you wave or move your arms. You may avoid wearing tank tops or shirts that reveal your upper arms. When diet and exercise alone are not achieving the shape and contour your desire, an arm lift can help.
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An arm lift, otherwise known as Brachioplasty, removes excess skin and fat deposits on your upper arms, achieving a more toned and slimmer look. Your plastic surgeon can tighten this loose and sagging skin with a few different incision options. The first is the inner arm incision, which extends from the armpit to the elbow along the inside of the upper arm. The second is the back of the arm incision, which extends from the armpit to the elbow along the back of the arm. The final option is the minimal incision which is a crescent contained entirely in the armpit. Each option is easily concealable with clothing and any scarring will fade over time. In some instances, liposuction may be recommended alone or in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess fat in the upper arms.
Good candidates for an arm lift are patients who are bothered by excess skin and fat on their upper arms. It’s also important to be in overall good health, at a stable weight, and have an active lifestyle in place. If you experience weight fluctuations, you may need another procedure. Keep in mind that an arm lift should not be considered a weight-loss procedure, but rather a body contouring procedure after weight loss or childbearing.
An arm lift is typically performed with general anesthesia. To begin, your plastic surgeon will perform an appropriate incision on your arms. The underlying fatty tissue is removed, and liposuction may be performed on the surrounding areas. The skin is tightened, and any excess is trimmed away. Finally, the incisions are closed, and you’ll be fitted with specialized compression garments for your recovery. Once the procedure is complete, you can return home.
Recovery from an arm lift takes time. Plan to take at least 1-2 weeks before resuming your normal lifestyle because you will not be able to lift anything for a couple of weeks. This means if your job is more physically strenuous, you’ll need to take time off. You’ll also need to arrange for help with child or pet care, as well as tasks around your home. You should wear your compression garments as much as possible since these help with swelling and adherence to the new contours. You’ll be given detailed instructions by our team on how to care for your incisions and drains, as well as how to bathe and take your prescription medications. It can take a few months for all swelling to fade, but you’ll see a noticeable improvement in the tone and overall look of your arms.