An accumulation of excess, hanging skin and fat on the underside of the upper arms is a concern that affects many women and men. Often attributed simply to the natural process of aging, this aesthetic condition can also be caused by factors such as heredity and/or significant weight loss, and most individuals find it virtually impossible to eliminate via a healthy diet and regular exercise.
To help patients address this issue, Daniel Y. Maman, MD and Stafford R. Broumand, MD offer brachioplasty here at 740 Park Plastic Surgery. Commonly referred to as arm lift surgery, this procedure is designed to remove redundant skin and fat from the upper arm while tightening the remaining skin for a smoother, more toned appearance. Utilizing the cosmetic field’s most innovative techniques, our board-certified plastic surgeons can help you achieve the contour you desire for your arms with limited scarring and natural-looking results.
What Can Arm Lift Surgery Do for Me?
Based on your individual needs and goals, brachioplasty may be able to help:
- Eliminate loose, sagging skin of the upper arms
- Reduce excess buildups of underarm fat
- Tighten remaining skin for a firmer, smoother aesthetic
- Create a more defined and toned upper arm shape
* results may vary
The Brachioplasty Procedure
Depending on the specific concerns of the patient, arm lift surgery can involve skin excision, liposuction, or a combination of both. For individuals who have excellent skin elasticity, liposuction can sometimes be performed alone to achieve an ideal outcome. In most instances, however, liposuction is first utilized to remove excess fat in the upper arms through tiny, virtually imperceptible incisions made near the elbow and/or in the armpit. Next, an incision is generally made along the lower edge of the upper arm, and loose, hanging skin is meticulously excised. Remaining skin is then carefully tightened and secured for an optimal contour and overall appearance. When skin excision and liposuction are both involved, the entire arm lift procedure typically takes approximately one to two hours to complete.
Arm Lift Recovery
After brachioplasty, some degree of swelling and/or bruising in the upper arms is normal, but these side effects are temporary and should subside with time. Most individuals experience little to no discomfort during the recovery process and are generally able to resume normal, non-strenuous daily routines after approximately one week. Light movement of the arms is often recommended in the days following surgery, though any strenuous activity should be avoided for about two to three weeks to facilitate healing and help ensure optimal results are attained.
The results of arm lift surgery are typically immediately noticeable; however, it may take some time for the swelling to completely dissipate. Once the swelling has resolved, the optimal results from arm lift surgery should be apparent.