ARM LIFT (BRACHIOPLASTY)
An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that gives you shapely, beautiful upper arms. With age and weight loss, the skin on your upper arms starts to sag, and you may also develop fatty deposits that give your arms a lumpy or bumpy appearance. An arm lift improves the shape of your upper arm by removing excess skin and fat, making your arms look more toned.
BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
IS AN ARM LIFT RIGHT FOR ME?
You should consider a few factors before you decide to have an arm lift. The most significant is the size of the scar which will be located on the underside of your upper arm and extend from your elbow to your armpit. You also need to be at a healthy weight for your body type, as an arm lift is not intended as a weight loss solution. Lastly, if you have lost a large amount of weight you may have loose skin on your upper arms, known as “bat wings,” that is caused by your skin being stretched and loss of elasticity.
An arm lift can be beneficial to improving your self-confidence and feeling better about your weight loss success.
Time and age, along with sun exposure, can cause the upper arm skin to sag or wrinkle. An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a procedure to improve contouring of the upper arm.
The goal is to create the most pleasing result with the least visible scar and shortest recovery time.
A variety of techniques can be used to improve the shape of the upper arm, including laser ablation, liposuction, surgery, or a combination of these approaches.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Sciton Laser SkinTyte – This is the least invasive method to improve the skin quality of the arms. Performed in an office setting, the laser procedure takes 45 minutes to an hour, and requires no anesthesia and no down time. Typically, four to five sessions are required to achieve the desired result.
Liposuction – This outpatient procedure is typically performed in an operating room to remove the excess fat on the upper arm and allow loose skin to contour around the smaller arm. Depending on the amount of correction desired, this surgery may take one to two hours. A compression garment is worn for three to four weeks following the procedure to reduce swelling. Often there are no activity restrictions following this procedure.
Arm Lift – Arm lift, or brachioplasty, is an outpatient procedure performed in an operating room. The surgeon removes both excess skin and fat from the upper arm.
IS AN ARMLIFT PAINFUL?
With any procedure, the goal is to make any pain as tolerable as possible. While you may experience discomfort, pain medication is prescribed so you are comfortable using your arms during the recovery period.
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY?
A patient may have drains following surgery that will be removed after a few days. Many patients return to work three to four days following surgery. A compression garment is worn for three to four weeks following the procedure.
HOW NOTICEABLE WILL MY SCAR BE?
There is a relationship between the amount of contouring and the size of the scar. Your surgeon will design an incision that is not obvious and still give the most correction. Some patients opt for the least visible scar and less correction, while others may choose a scar that is more visible in exchange for the smallest contoured arm.
Dr. Gupta makes an incision on the underside of your upper arm from your elbow to your armpit. Since you naturally hold your arms at your side, this placement offers the least amount of scar visibility, but when you lift your arm; your scar will be visible. Excess skin and fat are removed from your upper arm, and Dr. Gupta may use liposuction to refine the results. For most patients, the procedure takes about two to four hours.
RECOVERY TIME AFTER AN ARM LIFT PROCEDURE
You may have some swelling and bruising after your arm lift, but you can see the results of the procedure right away. For the first 10 to 14 days, you will need to restrict your activity and follow Dr. Gupta’s post-surgical instructions. Full healing takes about four to six weeks, and the incisions from your arm lift may take up to one year to fully heal. Your scar may appear dark at first, but with time, the scar will lighten.
*RESULTS MAY VARY