Men and women who choose an arm lift procedure (or brachioplasty) are often disturbed by the loose skin that sags on their upper arms. The result of an arm lift is an improved appearance of the upper arm with better balance and look of the upper body. With the loss of flabby upper arm skin, patients tend to be feel more confident about their body and their looks.
About the Arm Lift Procedure
An arm lift is performed under general anesthesia with the objective to remove unwanted fat and skin that is causing the upper arm to sag. Incisions are made under the armpit or along the inner surface of the upper arm, depending on how much fat needs to be removed. Once an incision is made, fat and skin are carefully removed using liposuction.
Recovering From an Arm Lift
Arm lifts are a rather simple procedure with a short recovery time. Light bandages are used under the arm, with any discomfort easily maintained with medication. Some bruising and swelling may occur, but should fade within 7 to 10 days. Most patients can return to work in one to two weeks depending on the type of work they do. If sutures are used that need to be removed, they are typically taken out after a week.
Questions About Brachioplasty
Can the sagging in my arms come back after brachioplasty?
Most likely not. Unless there is a substantial amount of weight gain and loss, it is very uncommon that the fat in the arm will return. It is encouraged to be within 20 pounds of your ideal weight, if outside of that number, weight gain or loss can decrease the result of the plastic surgery.
If I’ve had a mastectomy, can I have an arm lift?
Unfortunately no. The lymphatic circulation to the arm becomes damaged from the mastectomy procedure and risks are too high to perform brachioplasty.
Can I combine this plastic surgery with others?
Often patients choose to have several surgeries at once including arm lift, breast lift, or tummy tuck. The availability of all plastic surgeries or several surgeries at once is completely dependent on your overall health and tolerance to simultaneous procedures.