People are often very self-conscious of their sagging arm skin, and as a result are too embarrassed to wear short sleeve garments, even in warm weather. Flaccid arms is a condition commonly seen after significant weight loss. Some patients also have a congenital tendency to accumulate fat in the upper arm, which also contributes to their sagging appearance. These problems are unsightly, uncomfortable and impossible to fix with diet and exercise alone. Brachioplasty, or an upper arm lift, is a surgical procedure designed to correct this problem by removing the excess tissue, and then tightening and re-shaping the upper arm for a smoother, more toned appearance.
Are You a Good Candidate for an Upper Arm Lift?
If you’re wondering if an upper arm lift is the right procedure to fit your needs, you may be a good candidate if you:
- Are in good health with no serious medical conditions
- Have excess, hanging skin on your upper arms
- Are not significantly overweight
- Have maintained a stable weight for several months
- Would like thinner, tighter arms even at the expense of visible scarring
The Upper Arm Lift Procedure
Upper arm lift surgery takes between one and three hours to complete, and is performed under IV sedation and local or general anesthesia. It is usually performed as an outpatient procedure with patients going home the same day shortly after their anesthesia recovery.
The incisions are usually placed on the inside of the arm and the resulting scars may be visible. When there is only a small amount of hanging skin in the upper part of the arm, the surgery can be performed through a smaller incision in the armpit.
Often the procedure is performed in conjunction with liposuction of the upper arm so that excess fat can be removed from the area. Once the excess fat and/or skin has been removed, the remaining tissue is tightened and reshaped using sutures set deep in the tissue. The surgeon then uses sutures to close the incisions.
What to Expect While Recovering
Immediately following surgery, there will be mild bruising and swelling, which usually subsides after two weeks. The discomfort is usually mild and well controlled by oral pain medications for the first two to three days. Patients should avoid strenuous exercise and sports for the first four to six weeks. Most patients return to work after one to two weeks.
The resulting scars on the arms can be more noticeable for some patients as a result of the amount of fat and skin removed. The amount of scarring you can expect will be discussed during your consultation. Often, patients are willing to exchange a certain amount of scarring for the improved contour and appearance of their arms.
Consult with a Surgeon to Learn More
Would you like the freedom to wave your arms without worrying about embarrassing, hanging arm fat? Do you want to buy sleeveless clothing so that you can look more attractive and be more comfortable in hot weather? Schedule a complimentary consultation to find out more about upper arm lift surgery. In this personal consultation, you can discuss your aesthetic goals for the surgery with one of our surgeons and they can assess your medical history and examine you to ensure that you are a good candidate. Call Allure Plastic Surgery today at (305) 224-8015 to schedule your consultation.