As we age, our skin loses much of its natural elasticity and becomes saggy. One area that is especially prone to sagging is the upper arm. The skin of the upper arms can also start to sag following major weight loss. Sometimes referred to as “bat wings”, sagging skin and fatty deposits can be very embarrassing. Fortunately, this is a problem that can be corrected to give your arms more definition and restore your confidence.
Brachioplasty, Also Known as an Arm Lift
Brachioplasty, more commonly referred to as an arm lift, is a cosmetic procedure in which excess skin and fat are removed from the upper arm. Though exercise can improve the underlying muscle, it is not always effective in getting rid of stubborn fat deposits and skin that has lost its natural elasticity. The goal of surgery is to reduce the overall circumference of the arm while making the area more firm and toned. When the underside of the upper arm is reshaped, the area looks younger.
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How is an Arm Lift Performed?
An arm lift is performed using IV sedation anesthesia on an outpatient basis. An incision is made on the inside of your upper arm, or a longer incision may be made that runs the length of the inside of your upper arm from your armpit to your elbow. If there is a large amount of excess fat, it is removed along with the excess skin. The incision is closed using fine sutures to minimize scarring as much as possible. The entire procedure usually takes around two hours.
Am I a Candidate for an Arm Lift?
If you have sagging skin in your upper arms and fatty deposits that will not go away no matter how much you exercise, you may be a good candidate for the arm lift procedure. You should be in good overall health, and your skin should be in good condition. Let your surgeon know about any diseases or disorders you may have as well as any medications you are taking.
Arm Lift Recovery
Immediately following your procedure, your arms will be wrapped or bandaged. An elastic bandage or compression garment is often used to minimize swelling. We typically do not use drains as part of brachioplasty. Bruising and mild discomfort are common in the first week or so following the procedure. Your surgeon will give you medication to manage discomfort. You will need to take some time off work and avoid strenuous activities for up to six weeks. It can take as long as 8 months to a year for the scar to completely mature but once healing is complete, patients are very happy with the results of their brachioplasty.