Men and women who have excess fat and skin that literally hangs off their upper arms can get relief with a brachioplasty or upper arm lift. This surgical procedure is ideal for reducing arm size when liposuction is not a viable option. Your skin elasticity and the amount of excess arm fat are the major factors when determining which surgical procedure is best for reducing your upper arms. If you have good skin elasticity, lack stretch marks, and have no significant history of major weight loss and gain, then liposuction may be an acceptable option.
Results Will Last
The aging process continues but with the large amount of skin and fat removed, the results should last a long time.
Most patients take one week off from work and can resume normal exercise in four to six weeks. Patients are required to wear a compression garment for two weeks.
Why have arm lift surgery?
- Regular exercises to tone the muscles are not improving your upper arm skin
- You have excess skin or “bat wings” under your arms
- You want to feel more confident in short-sleeved clothing
A long incision is made that extends from your arm pit to near your elbow on the inside portion of the upper arm. Dr. Sullivan then surgically removes the excess fat and skin. The location of the scars is predictable, as they are normally placed under the arm to be as inconspicuous as possible. The thickness and color of the scars are less predictable. The scars will fade over a 12-month period of time.
The biggest concern for many patients considering brachioplasty is the permanent scars. For the majority of patients, however, losing their flabby arms or “bat wings” makes the scars a lot more tolerable. All individual pre- and post-operative needs will be discussed with our team of nurses during your comprehensive pre-operative appointment.
Patients are required to wear a compression garment for two weeks. The sutures begin to dissolve in the third week of your post-operative recovery.
Most patients take one week off from work and can resume normal exercise in four to six weeks. It may take several months for the swelling to fully dissipate. As it does, your new contours will appear. The results should continue as long as you maintain your weight and practice a healthy lifestyle that includes eating well and regular physical activity.