Arm Lift Procedure
If you’re displeased with the appearance of your upper arms and feel as if no amount of exercise and toning work seem to give you the results you desire, an arm lift may be the next logical step to achieve the look you want.
Also known as brachioplasty, an arm lift will remove the excess skin and fat between the shoulder and the elbow, resulting in a more toned and shapely appearance. Conditions treated with an arm lift surgery can develop in both men and women. This operation is ideal for a wide variety of patients, from normal patients who simply want a bit of tightening to those who have experienced a major weight loss and want to remove the excess skin left behind. Conditions can also result from heredity, changes from natural aging or a combination of both. An arm lift procedure is often combined with a tummy tuck and liposuction.
An arm lift may not be the only solution if a patient has minimal upper arm fat or excess skin. Liposuction can also be used under these circumstances, and it will result in a smaller scar. For patients with a lot of excess skin or fat, an incision will be made from the elbow to the inner armpit, resulting in a larger scar. However, the result may mean an ability to wear clothing that bares the arms and shoulders, which is a source of embarrassment for people who are uncomfortable with the appearance of their upper arms.
If you are considering arm lift surgery, it is important to become well informed during your consultation. Be sure to ask any questions you may have concerning your surgery. Your personal outlook and overall health will greatly impact the outcome and success of the procedure. Share your expectations and concerns so that you make the best decision for your personal needs and goals.
Dr. Kinsey recommends that if you are a smoker, that you stop well in advance before coming in to have the arm lift procedure. Smoking hinders the rate of recovery. Be sure to fully disclose your health history so that your procedure is successful and safe. Also, certain medications that increase the risk of bleeding such as aspirin and some vitamins will need to be discontinued after arm lift surgery to ensure a safe and speedy recovery with no complications.
After an arm lift surgery, the patient will need to take oral pain medication for the first few days, and most post-surgery pain should clear up completely in 7-10 days. Bandages will be applied to your incisions and your arms will be wrapped to minimize swelling. The incisions will heal within 7-14 days and additional healing will continue for many weeks as swelling subsides and incisions continue to improve. Afterwards, patients may experience a feeling of tightness in the upper arm area due to swelling from the surgery, but this should subside within a few days.