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An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that Reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm Reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region
What are the Benefits of an Arm Lift?
Arm lift surgery is a popular procedure that shapes the backs of the arms. This is a difficult part of the body to maintain due to the changes in the skin, connective tissue, fat, and muscle that can occur with age and weight fluctuations. When the backs of the arms sag, a person may not be able to wear certain types of clothing. Some people say they cannot comfortably wear long sleeves due to the shape of their upper arms; some say they do not feel confident wearing short-sleeved shirts or tank tops. The benefits of Brachioplasty, then, are more than physical. When a person corrects the loose, sagging skin on the backs of their arms, they regain confidence and the ability to wear the clothing that suits their personality and lifestyle.
Who are the Ideal Candidates for an Arm Lift?
Brachioplasty can be an excellent procedure for any adult who is troubled by loose, hanging skin in the upper arm area. This part of the body is especially vulnerable to sagging after significant weight loss. Some people notice what we call “bat wings” as they get older. With or without excess subcutaneous fat, sagging arm skin is problematic. Patients who are in good general health and have realistic expectations of this procedure typically achieve results they love.
How is an Arm Lift Performed?
The Brachioplasty procedure is performed to tighten the backs of the upper arms, between the elbow and the underarm, so the arms look slimmer and more proportionate with the rest of the body. The surgery is performed in an outpatient surgical center. Patients are under general anesthesia so do not feel any discomfort.
To reshape the upper arms, Dr. Olack makes discreet incisions on the underside of each arm. Incisions maybe a few inches in length or may run from the underarm to the elbow. This depends on how much tissue needs to be shaped. Brachioplasty may involve liposuction in some cases. If your arms are holding excess subcutaneous fat, Dr. Olack may recommend a combination of arm liposuction and Brachioplasty to achieve the best cosmetic outcome.
After tightening the muscle and deeper tissue, internal stitches are placed. The skin is then tightened over the new shape and the incision is closed with another layer of stitches. These may be dissolvable or will be removed approximately one week after surgery. In some cases, small drains may be placed to reduce the fluid buildup that can occur after surgery.
What is the Recovery for an Arm Lift?
Right after arm lift surgery, when patients wake up in the outpatient recovery area, the arms are wrapped in compression garments. Compression helps mitigate tissue swelling and also helps maintain comfort as the tissue heals. It can take several hours for the anesthesia to fully wear off. Therefore, all patients must have a reliable driver to see them home. It is also necessary that someone stay with them for the first few days of recovery to help administer prescription pain medications as directed and assist with movements, which will be limited.
Brachioplasty recovery is not painful, but patients should expect some discomfort. Soreness, tenderness, bruising, and swelling are the most common side effects of this surgery. After a few days, these should all be significantly improved. To manage comfort, patients should take prescription pain medication as directed. Do not wait to see if the pain becomes intolerable. All other post-operative instructions should also be carefully followed.
Patients who have arm lift surgery may be instructed to sleep with their head or their arms, or both, slightly elevated for the first week. This promotes good circulation and can help reduce swelling. Some patients can return to work after just one week of recovery. However, this depends on comfort and the type of work that is done. Dr. Olack discusses the recommended time off during our consultation visit.
Is a Brachioplasty safe?
Brachioplasty is generally considered safe for healthy adults. Your doctor will perform a thorough consultation, medical history, and examination as needed to fully understand your needs and qualifications for the arm lift procedure.
How much does an Arm Lift Cost?
The cost of arm lift surgery can depend on various factors. These include the surgeon’s experience and location, surgical center fees, anesthesia and anesthesiologist fees, medical supplies, and office visits. The cost of treatment is discussed during the consultation after the doctor can discern how extensive Brachioplasty may need to be.