As we grow older or experience drastic changes in our weight, the skin of the upper arms tends to droop and sag. The underlying muscles of the upper arm can be improved with exercise but this will not correct loose, excess skin that lacks elasticity or has associated fat deposits. An arm lift (brachioplasty) can remove the excess skin and fat on the underside of your arms making them appear thinner and more toned.
What is an Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)?
The reshaping of upper arm through skin and fat removal is known as an arm lift (brachioplasty). This surgical procedure will tighten and reduce the sagging skin on the underside of the arm and remove excess fatty deposits if present. Although the surgery improves the appearance of the upper arm it does leave a scar which may extend from the elbow to the underarm on the inside of your upper arm. A new alternative to a surgical arm lift is SmartLipo. Using a blend of 2 unique lasers the skin of the upper arm may be tightened and the fat removed through only one or two tiny incisions. Dr. Klainer will discuss each option and the risks and benefits of each procedure during your consultation.
Am I a candidate for an Arm Lift?
If you are a healthy adult with upper arm skin that has significant laxity or hangs more than you like, have a stable weight and are not markedly overweight, you may be a good candidate. All arm lift patients are required to stop smoking at least 2 weeks before surgery. Patients are also instructed to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as these items have been known to increase bleeding and bruising.
Surgery and Downtime
The procedure is done in a hospital or ambulatory surgery center setting under general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure usually lasting approximately 3 hours. Upon completion of your arm lift, you will be placed in a compressive garment. You will be required to wear the garment for 3 weeks except for washing or bathing to minimize swelling and support the arms as they heal. In most instances, normal activities can be resumed 10-14 days. Light activities, like driving, can commence once you are feeling better and are off pain medication. After 3-4 weeks most patients will return to all of their normal activities without restrictions. After one month, scars on the inner, upper arms may still be noticeable, however, in the following months the scars will gradually fade. You will be given instructions on how to treat the scars to give the best healing potential; also certain lasers can be used to speed and improve scar healing if desired.
Discomfort levels resulting from Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) surgery vary but are often not extreme. Most discomfort is manageable with medication and sensible post-op care.
Q: Where is the arm lift (brachioplasty) performed?
A: The procedure is performed in either a hospital or ambulatory surgery center setting. It is usually done on an outpatient basis.
Q: Will the sagging return?
A: Over time gravity can cause mild recurrence of the drooping. In those cases, a repeat of the surgery is rarely necessary. In most cases, Smartlipo will give sufficient tightening to make the arms look better.
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