An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, removes excess fat and loose skin from the upper arms. Fatty tissue on the upper arms can increase as we get older, assisted in hanging down by gravity, and is often most noticeable after dramatic weight loss. Genetics also plays a part, as supporting fat loses its structure over a lifetime of stretching.
The condition is common in adults, and the onset of noticeable arm tissue can commence at a relatively young age in some people. An arm lift results in more slender and toned arms, along with added confidence, well-being, and the opportunity to wear more form-fitting clothing.
Dr Laniewski will review appropriate aspects of your medical history and assist you in establishing your surgery goals. He will inform you of the surgery involved, along with expected outcomes, and will ease any concerns you might have about the operation. Part of your preparation for the operation also involves a program for rest and recovery once you return home from surgery.
The surgery is performed under anaesthesia, so you won’t feel a thing during the operation. If there is an abundance of fatty tissue in the upper arms, a liposuction will be performed to remove excess fat. The remaining arm lift procedure is performed by making an incision on the inside of the arm, removing excess skin, and then stitching the incision together. The scar – which will lighten over time – will be hidden from view in most situations with your arm hanging normally by your side. The amount of skin requiring removal will determine the length of the scar. If skin is removed from only the upper arm, the scar will be hidden almost entirely in your armpit, however, for more saggy arms the scar can run almost to the elbow.
Underlying supporting arm tissue will be tightened and reshaped during the procedure, and the internal sutures are designed to dissolve naturally without leaving a trace. An upper arm lift takes around two hours to complete, and you will be able to return home and rest on the same day. Arm Lift surgery can also be coupled with other cosmetic procedures such as breast contouring.
Expected outcomes include:
Compression sleeves will be provided to reduce swelling and aid recovery. Although the arm lift targets the upper arms, swelling can occur all the way to your hands. During the initial recovery phase you should keep your arms elevated to alleviate the swelling. Any bruising caused by the surgery will diminish during the first week of recovery.
After a couple of days, you will be able to fully raise your arms, although soreness will persist for a few days more. You must avoid driving until your arms feel comfortable and fully functional. This can take up to a week after your surgery. Dr Laniewski will be available to guide you through the healing process, and to take the necessary measures on the off chance any complications such as infection or the need for additional surgical draining arise.
As with all cosmetic surgery, the best results are attained with proper post-operation care. The arm lift results will benefit from a program that ensures you maintain a steady weight. A little exercise, healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle go a long way toward counteracting the negative effects of aging and genetic tendencies. For most people, it takes years to accumulate unwanted fatty deposits around the body, and the right lifestyle choices will guarantee you stay in shape for many years to come after your arm lift.