What is an Arm Lift?
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that:
- Reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward
- Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
- Reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region
Fluctuations in weight, growing older, and heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. This is a condition that cannot be corrected through exercise.
Candidates for an Arm Lift
Arm lift surgery may be right for you if the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat. In general, arm lift candidates include:
- Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity
- Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
- Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase the risk of surgery
- Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations
How Does It Work?
An arm lift is performed by a plastic surgeon, who will make surgical incisions on the underside of the arm, near the elbow (this helps mask surgery scars as much as possible). Once the incision has been made, fat will be removed and excess skin will be trimmed away to help address issues of drooping and sagging. Often liposuction of the area will be performed. After this stage, the incisions will be closed.
The results of your arm lift can be seen right away. Bruising and swelling will subside over the first several weeks, although you won’t see your final results for a few months as a result of bruising and swelling. Your results should be long-lasting, although it can’t prevent any future drooping as a result of weight fluctuations or the aging process.
Recovery takes about four to six weeks, with most of the healing taking place in the first one to two weeks, where you’ll see some swelling and bruising. Compression garments are provided to assist with swelling, and patients often wear long sleeved shirts during recovery. You should avoid lifting heavy objects for the first month of your recovery. If you perform manual labor for your work, you should plan on taking off a couple of weeks. Most folks with office jobs can go back to work after one week and resume their normal exercise regimen after four weeks.
*Individual results may vary