Excess skin and hanging tissue can be present in the upper arms due to a significant weight loss, pregnancy, or other factors. With an arm lift, patients can achieve tighter upper arms and improve their confidence.
What is an Arm Lift?
A brachioplasty, or arm lift is a surgical procedure to address loose skin and tissue in the upper arms. The procedure can be performed alone or used in combination with other body contouring procedures. During the arm lift, excess skin and tissue are addressed to help patients achieve more toned upper arms.
Who is a Candidate for Arm Lift?
Candidates for the arm lift are those who experience hanging skin and tissue on the upper arms. This is commonly present after a dramatic weight loss when the skin becomes stretched out and weakened. The arm lift can remove small amounts of stubborn fat, however, if fat is the main cause of poor contour, patients might be better candidates for liposuction instead. Liposuction techniques can also be combined with the arm lift procedure for optimal results. The arm lift, like other body contouring procedure, should not be seen as a weight loss procedure but can reveal an improved contour that is hidden by excess amounts of skin and tissue. Those who are already undergoing other post-weight loss procedure can have the arm lift added to their treatment plan.
The Arm Lift Procedure
The arm lift procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia. There are several different options when it comes to the incision placement, depending on the extent of the loose skin present. These include across the underarm, from the top of the underarm to the elbow, or both. Through this incision, the underlying tissues will be tightened, and excess skin will be pulled back and removed.
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Downtime and Recovery
After an arm lift, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and general discomfort. This can be managed with an ice pack and prescription pain medication from Dr. Newman. After treatment, a small drain may be placed under the skin to drain excess fluids, and patients might be instructed to wear a compression garment to manage swelling. Patients should arrange for at least one to two weeks off work to properly recover at home. There will be certain movement restrictions like avoiding overusing the arms or lifting heavy objects. Strenuous exercise will also need to be avoided for several weeks. Patients can begin to enjoy the results of their procedure within a month, but should keep in mind that some lingering swelling can hide their results. Once swelling has fully diminished, patients can enjoy tighter underarms without hanging tissue in the way.
To learn more about the arm lift or other body contouring procedure we offer, contact our office and schedule your consultation with board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Newman, in St. Petersburg, FL.