What is an arm lift?
An arm lift, also known as a Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that will remove excess skin under the arm, as well as tighten and smooth the skin of the under portion of the upper arm. It will minimize areas of fat in the upper arm region, sometimes referred to as “wings.”
When a patient loses a large amount of weight or muscle the upper arms may develop extra skin that hangs down under the arms. This can also be a result of aging. Unfortunately, this excess skin cannot be corrected or tightened through exercise alone.
Is an arm lift right for me?
An arm lift may be right for you if the underside of your upper arms affect your everyday activities, and your confidence. This procedure is also great for those who want to wear tank tops or shirts and have smooth contoured arms to show off. Some patients may experience discomfort and skin irritation from having so much excess skin under their arms, and can benefit from this procedure too.
What to expect during brachioplasty surgery:
An arm lift is performed under general anesthesia and the length of the incision will depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed. During your pre-op appointment, Dr. Payne will evaluate how much skin to remove and answer any questions that you might have.
The incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm and may extend from the elbow to the underarm. If necessary, excess fat will be removed. The underlying tissue will be tightened and reshaped as well.
Will I have bruising or swelling after the procedure?
You should expect to have some swelling and minimal bruising, but every patient is different. You will see immediate results in contouring and shapeliness, but it may take 2-3 weeks or longer for swelling to fully dissipate.
Will I have scarring?
Over time the scarring should begin to fade. We will also recommend post-surgical skin care regimen to aid in the healing process. Proper care of the area will help fade any incision scars, as well as protect the area from sun damage.
When can I go back to work or do physical activity?
We want you to refrain from too much physical activity, and heavy lifting for at least 6 weeks. That means no strenuous exercise! But you can return to work within the first week.
What to expect after an arm lift?
The skin under your arms will appear more firm and smooth immediately, however you won’t see your full results until swelling has completely subsided. Most patients will have phenomenal results, and feel confident showing off their arms again. If you maintain a healthy weight, your results should be long lasting and provide the tank top worthy arms you have always wanted.