brachioplastyWe all have troublesome areas—the parts of our bodies we would like to improve. For some people, it’s the arms. Genetically, we are predisposed to gain and hold on to weight in different areas. If you discover that your arms retain more stubborn fat even after consistent heavy exercise and a healthy diet, then it may be time to consider an arm lift. An arm lift is an option for those who want significant results.
For people who have excess fatty tissue in their arms, liposuction alone can improve the shape and contour of their arms.

Arm Lift Procedure

For other people, diet and exercise or bariatric surgery leads to massive weight loss. Unfortunately, it also comes with excess sagging skin under the arms. This is where an arm lift procedure or Brachioplasty helps restore the arms’ slimmer and younger-looking appearance. It can also be combined with liposuction to achieve better contour and proportion to the whole body.

Sometimes it is combined with liposuction. Any patient wanting to have their arms lifted has to accept that cutting out the excess skin leads to scars. They have to be willing to trade an improved shape and contour for some visible scarring. Everybody is different in how they heal and the scars can vary from person-to-person.

Am I a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

Good candidates for an arm lift are individuals with significant upper arm skin laxity. The procedure benefits candidates who are at or near their ideal body weight. The candidates must have a stable weight to enjoy the best results of the procedure for the long term.

Arm lift candidates must also have realistic expectations and should understand that results are different for everyone. The surgical plan is designed to match your whole body’s contour. A commitment to the aftercare instructions greatly affects the results during and after the recovery period as well.

Before considering an arm lift procedure, it is highly recommended for candidates to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. These lifestyle factors can slow down the healing process and lead to complications.

How to Prepare for an Arm Lift

Preparing for an arm lift surgery involves undergoing a medical evaluation, adjusting current medications, and stopping smoking. Patients are advised to avoid taking blood thinning medication, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements a week before the procedure to prevent excessive swelling or bruising.

It’s also important to take time off work for 5-7 days and arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery. Having a companion to stay with you for at least the first night will help you rest more and recover faster.

What to Expect During an Arm Lift Procedure

During the procedure, anesthesia is administered for a comfortable experience. The surgeon then makes incisions either on the inside or back of the arm, possibly extending from the underarm to just above the elbow.

The procedure typically lasts two to three hours, depending on the amount of work needed to achieve the desired results. The remaining skin is then tightened and sutured back together, resulting in a more youthful and defined arm contour.

Arm Lift Recovery

Recovery from an arm lift surgery involves wearing compression garments to minimize swelling and support the new contours of your arms. Drains may be temporarily placed to remove any excess blood or fluid.

Patients typically experience bruising and swelling, which subsides in 3-4 weeks, depending on the patient’s skin sensitivity. Prepare a cold compress and take pain medication as instructed by the surgeon.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’re considering an arm lift, contact us and schedule a consultation. During the consultation, you can discuss your appearance goals, ask questions about the procedure, and learn more about what to expect before, during, and after arm lift surgery. This consultation ensures that you are well-informed and prepared to achieve your dream body figure.

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