An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that:
- Reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward
- Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
- Reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region
Fluctuations in weight, growing older and heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. This is a condition that cannot be corrected through exercise.
Arm lift surgery may be right for you if the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat.
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What are my options?
Your options will be dictated by your skin quality and the extent of excess underarm fat and skin. Your surgeon will help you make the right choice based on your anatomy and preferences.
Liposuction: Arm liposuction is an option for you if your skin has enough elasticity to shrink around the remaining tissues after your fat is removed. If your skin has poor elasticity, tissue sagging will be even more pronounced after fat is removed. Liposuction may also be used as an adjunct for fat removal in a standard brachioplasty procedure.
Limited-incision brachioplasty: If excess hanging skin is located close to the armpit, your surgeon may be able to pull up and tuck this excess skin into the armpit. This works best if you have loose, crepe-like skin in the lower inner arm area near the armpit and do not have too much excess fatty tissue.
Standard brachioplasty: If your excess skin extends like a bat wing from the armpit to the elbow, the only option is complete removal of the arm flab in a standard brachioplasty.
Extended brachioplasty: An extended arm lift is similar to a standard brachioplasty, except that the incision is extended along the arm down to the body to include loose skin and fatty tissue that might be just under the arm area along the side of the chest wall. Loose skin in that area is common in patients who have had massive weight loss.
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Arm Lift Post-Op Instructions
Frequently Asked Questions
Brachioplasty, or arm lift, helps reshape the under portion of the upper arm. It can tighten and smooth underlying tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm, reduce sagging skin, and remove localized pockets of fat. An incision is made from the elbow to the underarm during this surgery.
You may have to wear a compression garment, which will help minimize swelling. You must drink plenty of fluids after surgery as it helps speed up your recovery. It’s normal to have discomfort, swelling, bruising, and soreness after surgery, which should subside in a few days. The total recovery time for an arm lift is one to two weeks. Pillows can help keep your arms elevated and relieve some of the pulling sensations you feel since they increase your circulation.
Pixl Clinic recommends that you wait at least a month or two until you resume all of your regular activity. Start slow with low intensity at first. He will give you the green light when you can start strength training again at one of your follow-up visits.
You will have a scar, but your incision line will continue to be finer as you heal. Refrain from direct sunlight for the first year after surgery. Your scar may be bright pink at first, but it should fade over time and return to your normal skin color.
You should notice the results following your procedure.