If you wish you could wear sleeveless tops in public but you hesitate because of excess fullness or skin hanging on the underside of your arms, consider an arm lift. An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, can eliminate the “batwing” effect, expand your wardrobe choices and give you confidence in your appearance.
Brachioplasty Procedure Overview
Arm lift surgery or brachioplasty uses tissue and skin tightening techniques to remove excess skin and stubborn fat deposits that appear on your upper arms. Weight loss, weight gain, aging and genetics can all contribute to sagging skin on your arm. Sometimes the skin cannot be tightened by diet and exercise alone.
The arm lift is an outpatient procedure that generally takes around an hour or two. Your arm lift is a permanent and effective way to remove fat and skin from your upper arms to expand your clothing choices and improve the fit. You will enjoy the look of your recontoured arms and gain self-confidence.
After you have undergone an arm lift, you should expect to spend 6 weeks before making a full recovery and resuming full activities. After about two weeks the swelling and bruising, which are common side effects, should subside.
Dr. Cho may prescribe discomfort medication to manage your discomfort as you recover. You will wear tape and a compression garment to aid in proper healing.
When performing your arm lift, Dr. Cho may combine skin tightening techniques with liposuction. If your skin elasticity is good, he will be able to perform liposuction alone or with BodyTite to enhance skin and tissue retraction. If only a minimal amount skin needs to be excised, Dr. Cho may limit the incision to the armpit region. If more skin needs to be removed, then the incision may be extended from underarm to your elbow or somewhere in between. Liposuction and skin removal will then be performed to tighten the skin.
Arm lift surgery can take 1-2 hours. When your procedure is complete, Dr. Cho will place sutures to close the incisions and to maintain the new shape of your arms. You should expect 2-6 weeks before making a full recovery. After 6 weeks, you can resume full activities including exercise and lifting.
An arm lift can be combined with other body contouring and body lift procedures.
Some people opt for liposuction to remove any excess fat and give the arms a toned and sculpted look. Liposuction alone can work if you have good skin elasticity. We use BodyTite to further tighten the skin in conjunction with liposuction for patients who are looking for a non-incisional approach to contouring their arms.
For those seeking non-invasive options to contour the arms, consider Coolsculpting or Emsculpt NEO. Together they focus on building muscle or reducing the fatty tissue layer to enhance the shape. To address the skin, consider adding a skin tigthening procedure like Morpheus8 or Ultherapy to rebuild some of the lost collagen/elastin in the arms.
ARM LIFT PROS & CONS
As with any surgical procedure, some complications are possible. In the case of arm lift surgery, these may include changes in sensation and pigmentation, poor healing and scarring, and a rare chance for bleeding or infection.
What to Expect