About Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Surgery
Excess skin and fat on the arms is hard to hide and can impact everyday activities like exercise and clothing choices. Regardless of the reason for excess arm skin; weight loss, genetics, age related changes, your arms will rarely ‘bounce back’ once these changes have occurred. External skin tightening treatments offer little in the way of a lasting change, so for many arm lift surgery is the solution.
Men and women over 18 years of age with excess skin and/or skin and fat of the arms.
The arms from armpit to elbow.
It is important to be in good health and at a maintainable weight prior to surgery. If you are being treated for any chronic health condition, such as high blood pressure, we will require surgical clearance from your primary care physician prior to surgery. For surgeries requiring general anesthesia, a current EKG and basic blood work are also required. All of these precautions will contribute to a swift and uncomplicated free recovery.
For the first two weeks following arm lift surgery you will need to limit your range of motion with your arms. It will be very helpful to plan for this prior to surgery by moving frequently used or necessary items to counter height for easy access. You will also have a weight lifting restriction so you may need to enlist help with some household chores such as vacuuming, laundry, and cleaning. Some arm lifts require surgical drains that will be in place for several days or up to one week.
Frequently asked Questions
Where do you place the scars with arm lift surgery?
Scar placement depends on the shape and size of your arms and in most cases, it is one of three types. If fat is your primary problem and you don’t have much loose skin, then you are likely a candidate for liposuction alone. The 2-3 very small scars (¼ inch) with this procedure will be placed in less visible areas and they are rarely visible long term after the surgery. For those you that have fat and loose skin only near your armpit, you are may be a candidate for a mini arm lift. The scar with this surgery is placed in or near the hair bearing area of your armpit. This scar is also much less visible due to its location. For those of you who have have visible loose skin along the full length of your upper arms, you are likely a candidate for a full arm lift surgery. This places a linear scar from your armpit to your elbow, following the axis of your arm. To better understand this placement, extend your arm at the shoulder and flex your elbow. If you also flex your biceps muscle and feel where the biceps muscle ends and the triceps muscle begins on the inside of your arm there is a groove. It is along this groove where the scar will be roughly located.
How do you fix my arms that are both large and saggy?
With weight gain, severe weight loss, and aging, the upper arms can become large, heavy and saggy. Fortunately, arm lift surgery can improve the appearance of your arms by making them smaller, less heavy and removing any sagginess. It is a win win.
Is arm lift surgery permanent?
You can expect this surgery to last a long time, especially if you maintain a healthy lifestyle and healthy weight after surgery. With that said, some sagginess can return over time, depending on how you age. Also, if a large amount of weight loss occurs after arm lift surgery, the appearance of the arms can change. Therefore, it is best to be at a manageable weight before considering this surgery.
Is there options for arm lift surgery that has a shorter and less prominent scar?
For those of you who only have excess fat and little loose skin of the arm, the treatment will often be liposuction alone. In these cases, the scars will be extremely small, barely visible and hidden. For those of you with visible loose skin of the arm limited to the upper 3rd of the arm (near the armpit), you may be a candidate for a mini arm lift. This procedure places the scar near your hair bearing armpit, is usually 2 to 3 inches in length and is much less visible due to its location. A mini arm lift can also be combined with a liposuction procedure of the entire upper arm allowing for a more transformative result.
Can I get an arm lift surgery if I also have had a previous arm lift surgery?
Yes, arm lift surgery is possible even if you have had a previous surgery in the same area. The specifics of what you need will depend on your exam but it will most likely involve the removal of more loose skin, in combination with a liposuction procedure.
What can I do to make sure that my arm lift surgery results last?
Arm lift surgery offers a powerful way to improve the appearance of your arms by permanently removing unwanted fat and loose skin. And the best part of this surgery is that the results are long lasting. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle which includes a sensible diet and regular exercise, your results should last for decades. Also, avoiding sun exposure while your scar is healing is very important. Lastly, as activities like smoking can negatively affect the quality of your skin as you age, focusing on your health first after surgery will ensure that your results are permanent.
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