How Much Fat is Removed with an Arm Lift?

Have you been working out feverishly, but your arms still appear flabby with loose skin? Sometimes, no amount of exercise will give you the toned arms you seek due to stubborn fat deposits. An arm lift (brachioplasty) might be an ideal solution. However, you might wonder how much fat is removed with an arm lift? The amount varies depending on the patient and their individual needs.

The first step to learning more about if an arm lift is right for you is to make an appointment with board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso in Miami, FL to discuss the cosmetic procedure.

All about an arm lift

Natural aging causes loose, flabby skin on the upper arms. Weight loss can also leave the skin looking stretched and saggy. An arm lift at Jeffrey LaGrasso MD can give you a more toned and slender arm appearance.

Arm lifts are performed as outpatient procedures, but you will be under general anesthesia during the treatment. Arm lifts usually take about two hours to complete. In some situations, an arm lift is included as a part of a more extensive weight loss surgery that involves several body areas. An overnight hospital stay might be required if the procedure is part of a weight loss surgery plan.

During an arm lift, Dr. LaGrasso will make an incision from the elbow to the underarm on the inside of the arm. The length of the incision does vary depending on how much skin and fat need to be removed. Patients with relatively toned arms require a much smaller incision than those with excessive loose skin. Once the incision is made, the excess skin is trimmed, and the muscles of the arm are tightened. Some patients might also need surgical tightening of the armpit.

Depending on your particular needs, the arm lift might also accompany liposuction to remove even more excess fat from the upper arms and achieve the best effects possible.

Following arm lift surgery, the arm will be protected using a compression garment. Drain tubes are inserted to prevent infection. Most patients suffer from varying degrees of swelling and bruising. Typically, you’ll need to keep the arm elevated to encourage blood circulation and reduce swelling. It usually takes several weeks for your arm to return to full function.

An arm lift not only improves your appearance but also reduces the size of your upper arm so your clothing fits better and your arms have a greater range of motion.

Benefits of an arm lift

The benefits of an arm lift include:

  • Tightens arm skin

  • Removes hanging skin

  • Smoothes the skin for a more even appearance

  • Improves range of motion

  • Provides a more youthful appearance

  • Reduces rubbing, rashes, and irritation

  • Increases self-confidence

Is an arm lift right for you?

Arm lift surgery is not just for individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight or who have excessive fat deposits in their arms. Patients can also benefit from an arm lift if they wish to have toner arms.

Schedule a consultation today

Schedule a consultation with Jeffrey LaGrasso MD in Miami, FL to discuss if an arm lift is right for your particular needs. Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso has four accredited operating rooms on-site along with a private consultation area. He and his trusted staff will work closely with you to discuss your needs and goals. Contact a member of our team today to find out more.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.