An arm lift, or brachioplasty, procedure is intended to provide smoother, tighter upper arms. When a person’s weight fluctuates, excess skin can collect on various areas of the body, including the arms. Also, after a certain age, when skin elasticity and tone has decreased, a condition of sagging upper arm skin can occur. People who experience this condition often complain that they cannot wear certain types of clothing because they feel insecure about the appearance of their upper arms.
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Who is a good candidate for an upper arm lift?
Proper candidates for arm lift surgery include those with sagging, redundant skin and limited fat on the upper arms. Arm lift surgery is mainly intended to reduce excess skin, so patients who exhibit a significant amount of fatty tissue in the upper arms should first lose weight. In some cases, liposuction can be used to remove fatty tissue before an arm lift.
What is arm lift surgery like?
Redundant skin and tissue that is on the upper arm, armpit, and part of the chest can be eradicated through arm lift surgery. Dr. Branman starts by making an incision around the inner or backside part of the upper arm, which may extend from the armpit to the elbow. Incision length will vary in different individuals. A small amount of fat is removed through liposuction, skin is removed and tightened, and the incisions are closed with sutures.
To undergo arm lift surgery, patients must be able to accept scars that are somewhat prominent. The appearance of scars will improve over time, but they still remain evident. Most patients who benefit from arm lift surgery are willing to accept this drawback in order to attain better-shaped arms.
Recovery after an upper arm lift
The recovery period for arm lift surgery is roughly two weeks. During this time, the arms will need to be elevated and strenuous, repetitive activities will need to be avoided. A compression garment will be provided to reduce swelling and aid the healing process. If necessary, Dr. Branman can prescribe a pain medication to make the recovery period easier for you.
To learn more about arm lift surgery/brachioplasty, and its risks, benefits or cost, contact our Little Rock cosmetic surgery practice.