Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Arm lift plastic surgery is ideal for people who are troubled with loose and unsightly skin on their upper arms. This can occur following weight loss or as a result of aging.
“I lost a lot of weight recently and was feeling great about myself. But I still was uncomfortable wearing even short-sleeved blouses because the skin on my upper arms hung in ripples. I’m so happy I had the lift done!” —D.N. (age 48)
About the Procedure
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Incisions vary depending upon the severity of the problem but are either hidden entirely in the armpit or positioned along the inner surface of the upper arm. Excess skin and fat are carefully removed using a liposuction procedure.
Light bandages are used and limited use of the arms is encouraged. Any discomfort is easily controlled with medications. A moderate amount of bruising and swelling is common but resolves within 7 to 10 days. Depending upon the type of work, most people can return between 7 and 14 days. Sutures, when they have to be removed, are taken out on the 7th day.
Patients who choose arm lift cosmetic surgery can expect an improved appearance in their upper arms, with better overall balance in their upper body. They also enjoy freedom from the embarrassment of loose, floppy upper arms and have increased confidence wearing short-sleeved or sleeveless clothing.
Arm Lift FAQ’s
- Will the sagging in my arms recur after my surgery?
Generally not, but with substantial weight gains and losses, there could be a partial recurrence of laxity to the area.
- Is there an ideal weight I should be before having this procedure done?
You should be within 20 pounds of your reasonable weight. A loss of more than 20 pounds can substantially loosen the skin and decrease the result of the surgical correction.
- I’ve had a mastectomy on one side. Can I also have the arm lift?
No. The lymphatic circulation to the arm on the side of a mastectomy is damaged from the mastectomy procedure, and the risk of wound healing difficulties is too great for this procedure to be performed.
- Could this procedure be combined with another surgery, such as a breast lift?
Yes, this is done frequently. Individual evaluation of your overall health as well as your ability to tolerate simultaneous procedures would need to be evaluated on an individual basis.