The usual suspects, such as fluctuations in weight, aging and heredity, can all give the upper arms a sagging, “bat wing” appearance that just doesn’t respond to exercise. It can be extremely frustrating and make you feel self-conscious. Fortunately, sleek, toned arms can be a reality. A brachioplasty, also known as an upper arm lift, tightens up loose skin and removes fat under the upper arms.
of an Upper Arm Lift
Reduces fat and excess skin that droops downward for a sleeker shape
Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue for a toned appearance
Improves confidence and self-image
During arm lift surgery, the excess upper arm tissue is removed. This is achieved by direct excision – removal by cutting – or a combination of liposuction followed by direct excision. The incision length and pattern will depend on the amount and location of excess skin. However, incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm and may extend from the underarm to just above the elbow. Liposuction might be required to reduce localized pockets of fat and achieve the final desired contour depending on the level of correction needed. Underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. The skin is then smoothed over the new contour of your arm. Incisions are closed with either absorbable sutures or stitches that will be removed within one to two weeks after surgery.
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The smoother, tighter contours that result from arm lift surgery are apparent almost immediately though there will likely be swelling, bruising and some drainage, all of which are normal. Your hands and forearms will be swollen as well. You may find it helpful to wear a supportive shirt with long sleeves. As the numbness subsides, it’s common to feel tingling or sharp sensations. These will go away but it can take several months to resolve. You can increase your activity as tolerated with no heavy exercise or lifting for at least two weeks. Minimize stretching of the arms for three weeks. By six weeks post-arm lift, you should be back at your normal level of activity.