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WHAT IS AN ARM LIFT?

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow.

  • Reduce excess sagging skin the droops downward.
  • Tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm.
  • Reduce localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region.

Is it right for me?

In general, candidates for arm lift include:

  • Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity
  • Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
  • Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations

General Procedure:

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
The incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin needed to be removed, as well as the best judgement of your plastic surgeon. Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the armor on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. If fat is to be reduced during your arm lift, it will be excised or treated with liposuction. Depending on your specific conditions, incisions may be more limited. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.

Closing the incisions, your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures, or stitches that will be removed within 1-2 weeks following your arm lift.

The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplsty are apparent almost immediately following your procedure, although initial results will be somewhat obscured by swelling and bruising. Your new, shapely and toned upper arm is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel.

Recovery Process:

Following your surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and your arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for your drains and surgical site, medications to apply or take orally to aid in healing and reduce the potential for infection.