Do you often avoid wearing tank tops or sleeveless shirts in public? Do you dread the summer season? As we age, our skin loses elasticity as well as after being stretched due to excess weight.
Without elasticity, your skin hangs from your upper arms. An arm lift is designed to treat this problem. It is a very effective sculpting procedure that dramatically improves patient’s ability to fit perfectly into clothing by removing the loose and sagging skin on the upper arms.
Most men and women seek an arm lift surgery after significant weight loss from diet and exercise, a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve procedure.
Patients interested in an arm lift should be at their stabilised ideal weight. Men and women are often motivated to seek surgery for this problem when the skin is excessive enough to be unsightly or to interfere with clothing choices.
What can arm lift do for your appearance?
Expect improved contours of your arms which will be noticed almost immediately after arm lift procedure. It may take up to two years to see the final results of brachioplasty.
Arm lift will help you achieve the following:
- A smoother and more attractive appearance to the upper arm
- You will feel more confident and comfortable in clothing, especially dresses, swim suits and tank tops
- Natural and appealing appearance in the first 2 weeks that continues to improve over the next 3-6 months
What happens during arm lift surgery?
Brachioplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia. The procedure lasts between 1 and 2 hours to complete. Arm lift can be performed in conjunction with other body contouring procedures, such as breast lift or tummy tuck. Surgical options for this procedure may include excision surgery or liposuction.
The surgeon makes an ellipse excision of skin at the posterior medial aspect of the upper arm. If there is an additional excess of skin, another excision will be made in the axilla. The scar is well hidden in the posterior medial aspect of the arm.
Who qualifies for arm lift surgery?
If you have one of the following condition, you are a good candidate for arm lift surgery:
- Loose or sagging upper arm skin secondary to aging or excessive weight loss
- Shapeless upper arms
- Inability to tighten the excess arm skin and loose muscle with exercise
Recovering from arm lift surgery
Dressings are usually applied over the incisions and carefully wrapped in a supportive bandage.
Strenuous activity and heavy lifting must be avoided for several months. It can take a few months for all the swelling to clear up and the scars will fade over time.