Excess skin forms on various parts of the body as a result of extreme weight loss, aging, and childbirth. It is particularly prominent on the thighs and abdomen. Unfortunately, this often means that the excess skin on the arms is often overlooked.
As people get older, the skin on the upper arm loses its elasticity and starts to sag. Exercises can strengthen and improve the muscle tone in the arm but cannot fix the loss of skin elasticity. The arm lift is ideal to correct drooping skin.
What Is an Arm Lift?
The arm lift, or brachioplasty, is an aesthetic plastic-surgery procedure that removes loose skin from the upper arms. Thousands of people undergo brachioplasty every year.
Brachioplasty effectively reduces sagging skin and also tightens the underlying supportive tissues that shape the arm. Arm lifts also reduce the localized pockets of fat in the region. Loss or gain of weight, aging, and genetics are some of the causes of these pockets of stubborn fat.
Candidates for Arm-Lift Surgery
The following candidates are ideal for arm-lift surgery:
• People who have underarm laxity and pockets of excess fat in the upper arms
• People who have lost massive amounts of weight, resulting in sagging skin
• People who are maintaining a steady weight
• Overall physically healthy people with no health issues
What to Expect from the Arm-Lift Procedure
Dr. Barlow administers medication and general anesthesia before the procedure begins in order to avoid any pain or discomfort.
Markings are then made on the skin of the upper arms. Guided by these marks, Dr. Barlow makes carefully incisions on the backs or inner sides of the upper arms. The location, length, and pattern of these incisions depend on the type of arm lift being performed.
Dr. Barlow then proceeds to tighten underlying tissues and remove excess fat and skin. The incisions will be closed with stitches that will be removed one to two weeks after the surgery during a follow-up appointment.
Recovering from an Arm Lift
After the arm lift, the patient’s arms are loosely wrapped in elastic bandages or fitted with compression garments to minimize swelling. Small tubes may be inserted in the area to drain out excess blood or other fluid that builds up after surgery.
Dr. Barlow will prescribe post-operative care instructions that the patient must follow strictly, from caring for the incisions to warning signs to look out for. A timeline for follow-up appointments will also be given. Following the doctor’s instructions is essential for the success of an arm lift.
There will be post-surgical swelling and discomfort that can be dealt with medication. Bandages are usually removed within two weeks. Patients can return to work after resting and healing, and strenuous physical activities can be resumed within a few weeks.
After the swelling subsides, full results can be seen. The upper arms have a more toned appearance after removing and tightening loose skin. If the patient maintains a stable weight, the arm lift’s effects can be permanent.
Schedule Your Informative Arm-Lift Consultation
Learn more about the arm lift – contact the office of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Haven Barlow and schedule your consultation.