Also known as brachioplasty, an arm lift removes loose, hanging skin from the upper arms that is often caused by aging or significant weight loss. Patients seek an arm lift to restore the firmness of younger arms or eliminate the excess skin that develops after rapid weight loss. An arm lift is often combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as liposuction, thigh lift, and a tummy tuck in order to sculpt the body and create a slimmer and more defined appearance.
Candidates for Arm Lift
The arm lift procedure is most effective for patients who are close to their overall weight but have trouble losing weight in the arms, or need skin tightening in the area. Some patients have lost a significant amount of weight and are now at a stable weight, but still have excess fat and skin in the upper arms. There are patients who have a large amount of excess skin due to their genetics. When the skin of the arms is actually firm it may be possible to actually reduce the size of the arm with liposuction and avoid a brachioplasty scar.
This procedure is recommended for patients who are in good overall health, do not smoke and do not have any existing medical conditions that may interfere with this procedure. It is important for patients to also have realistic results about the arm lift procedure in order to achieve successful results from this procedure.
Arm Lift Procedure
Patients with minimal fat and no excess skin may be able to achieve effective results through liposuction alone. In some patients it is possible to use liposuction to remove fat and lessen (shorten) the length of the skin incision that is necessary. Liposuction is a much less invasive procedure that suctions out excess fat through tiny incisions.
For patients with a fair amount of excess fat and skin, a standard brachioplasty incision is made from near the armpit down to the elbow. The incision is usually placed on the inside of the arm in the bicep muscle groove in order to help hide it as much as possible. Excess skin and fat are removed. Dr. Zaydon wraps the arms in saran wrap type bandage so you can get in the shower the next day.
An arm lift is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The entire procedure takes about two hours to perform, and patients can usually return home the same day the same day.