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 ARM LIFT PROCEDURE
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.