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Arm Lift

Arm Lift Surgery

Fluctuations in weight, growing older, and heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. Although you can improve your upper-arm appearance with exercise, this redundant sagging skin on arms remains a problem that does not improve with exercise.

An upper arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, reshapes the upper arms to tighten loose skin and remove fat that often creates the typical “bat wing” appearance from the underarm to the elbow. Liposuction is sometimes used in combination to achieve the best results. It consists in upper arm fat and upper arm skin removal.

Is it right for me?

Arm lift surgery may be right for you:

  1. If your weight is normal, but you feel your shape is marred by underarm laxity.
  2. If you have lost a massive amount of weight and are left with redundant underarm skin.
  3. You are an adult with significant upper arm skin laxity due to aging.
  4. You are a healthy individual with no medical conditions that could impair healing or increase surgery risks.
  5. You are a non-smoker.
  6. You are committed to a healthy diet and lifestyle.
  7. If you are willing to accept a scar in exchange for shapelier arms.

About Arm Lift Procedure

Arm tightening procedures are performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia is the choice for this procedure with an operating time of 3 hours.

The location, length and direction of incision lines on the elbow, arms and armpit will be dictated by the amount of skin and fat excess that needs to be removed. For example if excess hanging skin is located close to the armpit, the cosmetic surgeon may be able to pull up and tuck this excess skin into the armpit and your scars will most likely be limited to the underarm areas.(limited incision brachioplasty).

In the standard brachioplasty incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow.

After the incisions have been, skin and fat arm reduction is performed excess in order to bring the incisions together and provide a firmer and smoother arm contour. The use of liposuction may be as an adjunct to improve arm fat reduction.

Finally,the incisions are close carefully to minimize scarring.

Recovery and results

When you wake up, you may find surgical drains that have been placed to remove fluid that accumulates within the incisions and a compression garment or bandage will supports your arms to promote healing and decrease postoperative swelling and bruising. You will likely have your arms wrapped from the wrist to the armpit for the first 72 hours.

During the first week, avoid activities that raise your blood pressure, which could cause bleeding at the operative site. You should be able to resume some of your normal daily activities within several days after surgery. Avoid heavy lifting, contact sports and jogging for up to six weeks. Arm swelling may take three to five weeks to subside. Keeping your arms elevated will shorten this period.

As long as your weight does not fluctuate, you should expect the results of your upper arm lift to last for many years. Your body will continue to age, including your skin. This may lead to loose skin in the future. If you gain considerable weight after the surgery and then lose the weight, loose skin will return. In either scenario, subsequent arm laxity will be far less significant than before your surgery.

You should know that

Fortunately, significant complications from upper-arm-lift surgery are infrequent. This surgery remains the gold standard for arm rejuvenation and is usually performed without any major problems.

All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Your specific risks for arm lift surgery will be discussed during your consultation.

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