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Arm Lift

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Overview

Arm lift surgery, or Brachioplasty, is a body contouring procedure that removes excess skin from the upper arms. After massive weight loss, some patients are left with excess, sagging skin on the upper arms that will not return to normal. In some people who are at a normal weight, the natural aging process can lead to excess skin and fat deposits on the upper arms. Brachioplasty is a permanent, surgical way to reshape and redefine the area between the elbow and the armpit. Liposuction can be a better option if the issue is caused by excess fat deposits and not from stretched out skin.

Arm lift surgery is NOT a weight loss procedure. Overweight or obese patients need to wait until they have reached their goal weight before undergoing brachioplasty. Results are considered to be permanent, but like with most body contouring surgical procedures, future weight gain and the natural aging process can offset the results overtime.

Candidates

Women and men who have loose, flabby, and hanging skin folds of the upper arms after having lost much weight and who can accept some scarring as a trade off for having firmer, tighter, and smaller upper arms, are good candidates for Arm Lift/ Brachioplasty

Procedure

During brachioplasty, skin excess is removed which improves the shape of the upper arms. In patients with upper arm fat excess, liposuction of the upper arms can be performed at the same time. This procedure is usually done under general anesthesia.
Incision for brachioplasty is placed along the inner side of the upper arm. The resulting scar on the inside of the upper arm is hidden when the arm is brought to the body. We place a small drain in each arm to prevent fluid accumulation. The drains will be removed within 7-10 days after the procedure.

Recovery

Many patients experience some pain for the first 3-4 days and soreness for the first 2 weeks.

Swelling and bruising usually clears up within 2 weeks.

Scars will take 1.5 years to mature. They will be the most red at 8-12 weeks.

Rippling and unevenness around incisions is common. This will flatten out about 3 months.

The average time of healing and recovery from brachioplasty surgery is two to six weeks during which time your surgeon may recommend the use of compression garments and may prescribe pain medications. Depending on the technique used during the surgery, drains and/or stitches may need to be removed in the first week or two of recovery. Many patients are able to return to work one to two weeks after their brachioplasty surgery.