As a man or woman ages, upper arm skin can become loose and flabby, which may cause them great concern. Miami, FL board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. LaGrasso, consults with these patients about having a surgery called an arm lift if they wish to tighten this upper arm skin to look and feel more youthful, toned, and slender. During this procedure, an incision is made that extends from the elbow to the underarm, and sometimes on to the side of the chest. In some instances, Dr. LaGrasso may recommend that liposuction be used alone, or in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess fat in the upper arms for best aesthetic results.
The benefits of having an arm lift is not only the reduction of the size of the upper arm, it will also increase your self-confidence. Losing the excess skin will help you wear clothes that fit properly, and may even finally give you the courage to proudly wear short sleeves or a bathing suit in public with the fear of being embarrassed by your hanging, unattractive skin. We would like to have a personal consultation with you about your upper arm skin, and Dr. LaGrasso will provide you with a completely private consultation in his office. Call today to schedule your first appointment.
Arm Lift Candidates
Arm lift surgery can be performed on a large variety of patients including normal weight patients, who simply need a little tightening. However, the majority of patients are massive weight loss patients that have stabilized their weight loss, and do not have out of control medical problems. They present with excess skin and fat in their upper arms. Many of these patients complain that their arms feel and look like “bat wings." Occasionally some older women have a lot of extra skin that is bothersome and would also be reasonable candidates.
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The goal of an arm lift is to result in a toned upper arm appearance. The length of the incision varies depending on how much skin and fat are to be removed. Patients who have a fairly good skin tone may only require a minor incision. However, patients who have excessively loose, hanging skin will require an incision that may run from the armpit to the elbow. At this time, the excess skin is trimmed and the underlying muscles are tightened. In some patients, the armpit will also need to be addressed and surgically tightened.
Patients undergoing brachioplasty are put under general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure that takes an average of 2 hours to complete. If the procedure is a part of an after weight loss surgery, which usually involves more than one body part, an overnight stay may be required. After surgery, the arm is protected with a compression garment and drain tubes may be present to avoid the risk of infection. Swelling and bruising are normal. Patients should keep the arm elevated to promote blood circulation and help with swelling. With proper care, the arm will return to normal function after several weeks.
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Arm Lift FAQs
Arm Lift or Lipo?
This depends on the amount of loose skin that is present. Patients who lose a significant amount of weight generally need the skin removed in order to attain a positive result. In fact, many times, arm lift patients do not even need liposuction because there’s no excess fat to be removed. On the other hand, patients who have relatively good skin elasticity may only need liposuction or minor tightening.
What About Scars?
Any patient who undergoes an operation where skin is excised and incisions are made should understand that scarring is a part of the procedure, including brachioplasty. We make every effort to ensure that the scar will be as minimal as possible. For post-surgery care, topical ointments to assist in scar healing will be prescribed. It is also recommended that patients avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the benefits of a more toned arm outweigh the appearance of scars.
It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. This is sometimes referred to as an upper body lift and may include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast surgery (breast lift). During the consultation, each surgery will be discussed and recommendations will be made as to whether these procedures can be done at the same time.
An arm lift is performed to remove hanging skin and fat. The only way to build actual muscle is through strength training. Following surgery, once the arms are fully healed, patients can begin weight training if they wish to do so. This is a great way to add shape to the arms by toning and strengthening them. Patients should maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise in order to avoid a recurring weight gain, which could compromise the surgical results.