If sagging skin or fat in the region of your upper arms is causing you embarrassment and detracting from your appearance, consider correcting the problem with arm lift surgery. Birmingham Plastic Surgery, led by board-certified plastic surgeon Ahmet R. Karaca, M.D.
What is an Arm Lift/Brachioplasty?
An arm lift (brachioplasty) is a cosmetic procedure that eliminates excess loose and sagging skin from the upper arms. Patients may choose this procedure to correct excess loose skin on the upper arms that lacks elasticity due to aging, genetics or significant weight loss.
Benefits of an Arm Lift/Brachioplasty
For those embarrassed by unsightly “wings” or an accumulation of excess loose skin or fat that hangs from the upper arms, the arm lift procedure restores muscle tone and definition to the area, creating a more toned and streamlined silhouette.
The Arm Lift/Brachioplasty Procedure
Brachioplasty is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia. A small longitudinal incision is made along the inside of the upper arm, extending from the elbow into the armpit, and excess fat is extracted through this incision while muscle tissue is pulled tight. Following the procedure, the area is placed in a compression sleeve to reduce swelling. Some patients may choose to combine brachioplasty with liposuction of the upper arms to achieve optimal contouring results.
Arm Lift/Brachioplasty Recovery
Patients may remove dressings and take their first shower 72 hours after surgery, with drains usually removed after one to two weeks. We recommend wearing a compression garment on the arms for approximately four weeks.
Where Are The Scars Located For An Arm Lift/Brachioplasty?
The arm lift procedure leaves a thin vertical scar that is discreetly hidden on the inside of the upper arm from the armpit to the elbow crease. The scar is designed to be inconspicuous when you stand normally with your arms hanging at your sides.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I plan to lose weight, should I postpone my Arm Lift Procedure?
The ideal candidate for an arm lift should be roughly within 10 to 20 pounds of their ideal weight. If you lose additional weight after surgery, you may develop more sagging skin that will need to be eliminated. The procedure is best performed on individuals who have completed a significant weight loss regimen. If you maintain a stable weight following the surgery, the results of your arm lift will be permanent.
When can I resume exercise?
Most patients return to light activity by the next day. We recommend resuming your regular physical activities after four or five days, however, rigorous physical activity should be postponed for a period of four weeks. Dr. Karaca will make individual recommendations for you regarding your specific activity regimen following surgery.
Who is an ideal candidate for this type of surgery?
The ideal candidate for an arm lift procedure is an adult in overall good health who wants to eliminate sagging, loose skin and fat that hangs from their upper arm region.