An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is a procedure that can lift sagging skin in the arm by removing excess fat and skin tissue. The surgery smooths and tightens the skin to relieve the uncomfortable and embarrassing effects of drooping skin. If needed, an arm lift can be coupled with another procedure to attain the desired results.

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Arm Lift Procedure

An arm lift is a type of body contouring procedure that surgically sculpts and tightens the arm skin. Your doctor can use several techniques to achieve a more attractive appearance:

  • Liposuction: People with some excess fat on their arms but with good skin elasticity overall may benefit from liposuction of the arm area. In some cases, liposuction may be used on its own, but more often it is paired with one of the other arm lift techniques.
  • Mini Arm Lift: People who have slightly sagging skin just at the arm pit may opt for the mini arm lift. The mini arm lift targets only a small area and requires only small incisions, but it does not address severe sagging. Your doctor will help you determine if a mini arm lift is the most appropriate procedure.
  • Extended Arm Lift: This technique produces the most dramatic results, and is one of the most common methods of achieving an improved look for the upper arms. An incision is made on the inside of the arm, extending from the crease of the elbow all the way to the armpit, and then extra skin is removed.

Arm lifts are generally performed with the individual under anesthesia. The doctor first marks the areas where incisions will be placed. After making the appropriate incisions, the doctor will then remove the excess fat and skin, molding your arms into a firmer, toned shape. Finally, the incision is closed up and dressings are applied. The procedure typically takes about an hour.

Results and Recovery

For people who have severely sagging arm skin and who opt for the extended brachioplasty, the results can be dramatic. The arms are tighter, more shapely and muscle tone underneath becomes visible.

Scarring will vary depending upon the individual. Soreness, swelling and bruising are not uncommon, and it is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions following your procedure. If a great deal of skin requires removal, a person may find that he or she has limited arm mobility anywhere from several days to several weeks after the operation.

People should refrain from heavy lifting or any activity that may strain the arms for at least 10 days, but work can generally be resumed after approximately five days. Due to the fact that some people might experience tightness in the arms for several days, it is advisable to refrain from driving until full use of the arms has been restored.