Most of us develop some skin laxity around the upper arms as we age. However, factors like genetics, weight changes, and individual traits can result in sagging skin and fat. If this loose skin bothers you, you may be a candidate for an arm lift

What is an Arm Lift or Brachioplasty?

An arm lift is also called brachioplasty. It tightens the upper arms by removing excess skin and fat. While many people have accumulated fat under the upper arms, sagging skin can only be treated with surgery. An arm lift offers the most effective solution for flabby upper arms. You can have an arm lift alone or as part of a larger body contouring procedure. 

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How Does an Arm Lift Work?

At Longwood Plastic Surgery, most arm lifts take place in our accredited in-office surgical suite. Most people will rest in our recovery suite before returning home under the care of a friend or family member. The procedure takes one to three hours and is usually under general anesthesia. 

The details of an arm lift depend on factors such as how much loose skin and fat you have. A classic brachioplasty incision runs from the underarm to the elbow along the bottom edge of the arm. Other arm lift techniques may use a smaller incision. Your LPS surgeon will decide which technique will provide your best results. 

What is Recovery Like After An Arm Lift?

Brachioplasty usually requires a fairly long incision. Your surgeon will explain how to care for the area after your surgery. You may need someone to help you with basic tasks for one to two days while you rest and recover. You can resume light activities after five to ten days. However, strenuous activities should wait at least two weeks. You will wear compression sleeves around your upper arms for several weeks to manage swelling. 

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What Results Will I See With an Arm Lift?

You will have swelling after your arm lift that may prevent you from seeing your final results immediately. This swelling improves within two weeks, allowing you to appreciate your slimmer, tighter arms. Wear your compression garments as long as your surgeon recommends to ensure your best results. 

Am I a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

Most healthy adults with sagging upper arms are good arm lift candidates. Your LPS surgeon will discuss what you can expect, which includes a scar on the underside of the arms. Good candidates for an arm lift have excess skin that hangs down from the upper arms. Those with good skin elasticity and mild skin laxity may not need an arm lift. 

Dr. Morris–I just wanted to thank you for the great job you did on my surgery. It was exactly what I wanted and they actually look better than I thought they would…I am lucky someone recommended your name to me and I will do the same.

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Interested in learning about arm lifts? Schedule your consultation with Longwood Plastic Surgery today by calling our Brookline office at (617) 383-6250. We serve the Brookline and Greater Boston area with distinction.