A brachioplasty, or “arm lift” is a surgical procedure that removes the excess hanging tissues of the upper arm, effectively reshaping the arm from the elbow to the underarm region. In addition, excess fat from the upper arm area can be liposculpted to reduce and further shape the arms. Many individuals who seek an arm lift are relatively fit and are not able to improve the look of their arms with diet and exercise. If you have just extra fat and you are young, all you may need is liposuction of the arm. However, if you have extra fat and skin, you need an arm lift.
Benefits of an arm lift
- Removal of skin and fat
- Thinner arm, fits better in clothing
- Better body shape: large arms can otherwise make you look overweight. Thinning upper arms has a balancing effect
Recovery after Arm lift
Immediate: your arms will be wrapped up in bandages and you might have drains (depending on how much tissue is removed). You can go home the same day.
1 week: Within a week you will come for follow up, and your drains will be removed if you have them. You will be able to shower one day after drain removal. Your incisions will be healing, all stitches are underneath the skin and will dissolve.
2 weeks: at this time you will be close to being back to your usual activity. You have to be careful not to lift anything heavy and not to overuse your arms.
3 months: Almost all the swelling is gone and this is close to your final result. Your scar will continue to mature and fade over the next half a year. Everyone scars differently.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the alternatives to an arm lift?
If you do not have extra skin, then liposuction is an alternative. However, if there is any excess skin, you will need an arm lift. You cannot exercise skin.
Will my scar be visible?
Arm lift does give you a scar from armpit to elbow. It is a tradeoff: scar for a better arm shape. If the scar is in good position, it is located in a relatively non visible area on the inside of your arm. Also, how visible the scar ultimately is, depends on how your body scars. Everyone scars differently.
How long do the results last?
The results are permanent, however your body will continue to age and change naturally. It is not likely that you will need another brachioplasty in the future.