This condition can interfere with your ability to wear more revealing tops and lead to uncomfortable underarm skin rashes and irritation. Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift or arm tuck is a procedure designed to remove sagging skin folds of the upper arm.
A brachioplasty can help restore your ability to wear short-sleeved blouses and shirts comfortably, to show your arms with confidence, and to conduct your life with greater freedom. An arm lift can restore a more youthful, trim appearance to your arms and could be the appropriate treatment if you suffer with:
- Sagging skin that droops from the arms.
- Excess fat that gives your arms a flabby appearance.
- You were left with excess skin, tissue, and fat after a dramatic loss of weight.
- You have lost the trim, youthful look of your arms, and feel embarrassed about the look of your arm skin and tissue.
The type of brachioplasty performed by our team of skilled plastic surgeons will depend upon how much excess skin, fat, and tissue is present. All surgical procedures at ADV are custom tailored for the patient. The typical steps in a standard arm lift procedure include the following:
- Anesthetic is administered so you are comfortable during the procedure. The type of anesthetic could be intravenous sedation or a general anesthetic.
- Incisions are made to remove excess skin, fat, and tissue. These incisions may be on the inside or back of the arm and continue from underarm to above the elbow. Some patients may not need such extensive incisions and may have incisions within the armpit, where they are hidden from view.
- The tissue and skin are tightened and reshaped.
- Internal sutures (stitches) are placed. These sutures may be absorbable or removable, but in either case, your healing process will be closely monitored.
Recovery takes one to two weeks, depending on the extent of your surgery. Returning to work depends on the activity required on the job, but is typically about two weeks. You will have bandages covering your incisions and may need a compression garment to help ward off extensive swelling. A small tube may be placed to assist in draining any excess fluid or blood.
We help our patients throughout the phases of recovery and ensure they understand how to care for the surgical site and are informed of activities to avoid post-surgery. Initially, rest is important, as while you are resting, the body heals. That doesn’t mean that you are bedridden – it is helpful to walk to help with circulation, but any lifting or stress should be avoided in the early stages so the incisions heal as they should. The end result is slimmer, trimmer, more attractive arms.
*Results and patient experience may vary.