Brachioplasty / Arm Lift
It is very common after a significant weight loss (100 pounds or more) to have excess loose or sagging skin of the upper arm. A brachioplasty or arm lift is a surgical procedure that reshapes the area between the underarm and elbow by removing any excess skin. In some cases liposuction may be used to remove excess fat to enhance the overall appearance of the arms.
The length of the incision will be based on the amount of treatment needed. For this procedure patients will undergo general anesthesia. This surgical procedure may take anywhere between 2 to 4 hours to complete.
Arm Lift Before and After
Areas of Use
A brachioplasty is designed to remove any excess sagging and loose skin from the upper arm. This procedure will improve the overall appearance of the arms resulting in a toned, natural contour of the arms.
Expected Recovery from am Arm Lift
After a brachioplasty it may take 1 to 2 weeks before a patient can return to their regular daily activities. It may take 6 to 8 weeks before a patient can return to strenuous activity; such as running or lifting weights. Patients may experience some swelling and a moderate amount of pain during the healing process. The pain will be controlled with oral medications. The stitches typically used are designed to dissolve within 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery and do not require removal.
Duration of Effect
The results of a brachioplasty procedure may last forever. However results may vary depending on the patient’s skin type and texture. It is important for patients to keep an active lifestyle including a diet and exercise regimen to maintain shape and figure.