An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove loose skin and excess fat deposits in the upper arm. With age, upper arm skin can become loose and flabby. Patients who have had massive weight loss are often left with loose, hanging skin. This has been referred to as “bat wings.” People with this deformity may feel self conscious about the way that their upper arms look and may feel uncomfortable in short sleeves. At times, this excess skin may rub together causing skin irritation and rashes.
When you come in for your consult, your plastic surgeons will discuss with you how brachioplasty can tighten your upper arm skin and make you look as good as you feel. In some cases, your plastic surgeon may suggest that liposuction be used alone or in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess fat in the upper arms. There are several different types of incisions that may be used for brachioplasty and your plastic surgeon will discuss which incision would be right for you.
Upper arm lift is done as a day surgery where you would go home the same day. There is a 2 week recovery time with no heavy lifting or vigorous activity during that time. You may or may not have a drain in place for up to a week following this procedure. You will be in a compression garment for several weeks in order to decrease swelling in this region.
Some of the risks of this procedure include but are not limited to bleeding, infection, scar, wound healing problems, numbness, fluid collection and need for further revision. Your plastic surgeon will discuss these risks with you at your consult visit. You will have an opportunity to look at before and after photos at your consult as well.
If you are bothered by the excess skin and fat of your upper arms, please contact Longwood Plastic Surgery so we can discuss if brachioplasty would be an option for you.