Have you developed sagging skin that hangs under your upper arms? A healthy lifestyle may not correct this problem. An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, removes the excess skin and fat, so the upper arm looks more toned.
What is a Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)?
An arm lift, also called a brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that can be used to improve the appearance of the upper arms usually between the elbow and the armpit.. The procedure involves removing any excess skin and fat from the area, as well as tightening the remaining skin. Arm lifts are typically performed on people who have lost a significant amount of weight, as well as those who have experienced substantial changes in their skin elasticity due to age or other factors.
How is a Brachioplasty Performed?
At Longwood Plastic Surgery, we will perform your procedure in our state-of-the-art surgical suite under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will discuss your options with you, including which type of incision to use. People with less loose skin can often have a smaller incision, while people with significant loose skin will need a larger one. Surgery usually takes one to three hours, and most people go home the same day.
What is Recovery Like After a Brachioplasty?
You can expect some discomfort in the initial days after your arm lift. You will also have a compression garment to wear for the next few weeks to control swelling and help the skin tighten. You may or may not have a surgical drain to remove fluids. Most people return to light activity after five to ten days, but you should wait at least four weeks before lifting heavy objects or doing other strenuous activities.
What Results Will I See After a Brachioplasty?
After having an arm lift, you can expect your arms to look more toned and sculpted. The incisions used during the procedure will be hidden in the natural creases of the arm, so they will be virtually invisible when the arm is resting at the side. There may also be some scarring, but this will fade over time to a less noticeable scar but remember that scars are permanent. The results of a brachioplasty are typically long-lasting, although arm lift patients may need to have additional procedures as they age or lose weight.
Am I a Candidate for a Brachioplasty?
If you have sagging skin and fat under your upper arms, a brachioplasty can help. You may be a good candidate if you are a nonsmoker in good health. Candidates should have reasonable expectations, including where they will have scarring and how to manage it.
Take the Next Step
Interested in learning about a brachioplasty 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.