An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, reduces excess skin and fat between the underarm and elbow. This procedure, in combination with liposuction, reshapes the arm improving skin tone and contour. After substantial weight loss, weight gain or simply from the effects of ageing, the skin of the upper arms can become inelastic, loose and flabby. Brachioplasty removes that excess skin and fat.
Have you recently undergone a massive weight loss effort? Have the effects of ageing or lifestyle factors affected the appearance of your arms so that they no longer have their youthful tone, but are instead characterized by excess skin and flab? If diet and exercise have not been able to help you achieve your youthful arm tone, then you may be an ideal candidate for the benefits of an arm lift.
Candidates for arm lift surgery have underarm skin laxity but are at a stable weight. If you have made every effort with diet and exercise, but stubborn fat remains then you should take the time to schedule your arm lift consultation with the Precision Medical Team.
After assuring your comfort with anaesthesia, the incision is made, depending on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed as well as the best judgment of The Precision surgical team. Incisions will depend on the chosen technique. The classic brachioplasty procedure involves a scar from the axilla to near the elbow on the inside of the upper arm. Then, the underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.
You will wake up with a surgical or post-operative compression garment on, and you should wear one at all times in the first six weeks after your arm lift. This helps compress reduce the amount of fluid in the drains (so they come out earlier) and helps compress the fat that has been removed.
The smoother, tighter contours that result from brachioplasty are apparent almost immediately following your procedure, although there will likely be swelling and bruising. There should be no heavy lifting, strenuous activity or “straining” for two more weeks.
An arm lift is a surgical procedure, and you will need to plan for a little “down time” after your arm lift. Most people can return to an office job within a week. Gently walking is the only exercise you should plan on doing for the first few weeks, and it will take six to eight weeks before you will feel well enough to return to the gym or restart running.
Return to work or other more specific activities should be addressed with the physician/nurse since there can be a high degree of variability in demand and a plan can often be developed to enable you to return to more normal activity faster.