An arm lift or brachioplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure done to reshape the upper arm. It involves removing sagging skin and fat deposits and tightening the remaining tissue.
There are different techniques that may be utilized during an arm lift procedure. The techniques used will depend on the situation. Regardless of the exact methods used, the end goal is to reshape the arms in a way that is natural-looking yet effective.
Arm lift procedures are often used on patients who have lost a lot of weight and have consequently been left with lots of sagging skin and excess fat. The procedure can also be beneficial for patients who have just begun to develop laxity in their upper arms due to aging.
Brachioplasty of any type is typically an outpatient surgical procedure that is performed in the comfort of our state-of-the-art surgical suite. We may administer general anesthesia or a local anesthetic paired with a sedative, depending on the situation.
Recovery from an arm lift will take some time. Of course, our surgeon can prescribe medication in order to promote a more comfortable healing process. It is important to take it as easy as possible during this time and follow our team’s instructions regarding healing for optimal results from your arm lift procedure.
While the patient should not exercise during the first week, they should walk around a bit, for that will both reduce the risk of blood clots and promote healing. Gradually, the patient will be able to engage in moderate activities, but they should avoid heavy lifting, running and similar activities for a set amount of time after the procedure.
The ideal candidate for an arm lift will be a healthy adult with realistic expectations regarding the procedure and the aftercare. While people who have had bariatric surgery can be good candidates, they need to have achieved a healthy weight and to have been at that weight for some time. Weight fluctuations or weight loss can undo the results of an arm lift.