An arm lift or brachioplasty is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the upper arm. This is most often performed in conjunction with liposuction.
The best candidates for Brachioplasty are women who have very loose, drooping (ptotic) skin of the upper arm between the elbow and axilla (arm pit). Most of these women have lost a large amount of weight or are fighting the signs of age and gravity. Anyone who is unhappy or self-conscious about the appearance of their upper arms can benefit from arm lift surgery.
Prior to Surgery
As with any cosmetic surgery, the most important step in this process is the one on one consultation with your surgeon. During this time, you will discuss your goals and expectations. This is the time to ask questions and voice any concerns that you might have. Together, you and your doctor can decide the best plan of action based on your individual needs.
This surgery is an outpatient procedure and general anesthesia is used. Typically, this surgery takes approximately 1-2 hours depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. An incision is made on the inside of the arm from the elbow to the axilla. Excess skin and tissue are then removed. This surgery is not suitable after a mastectomy or for anyone who has had previous surgery involving the axillary lymph nodes.
The benefits from Brachioplasty are almost immediate. You will have a more youthful appearance and thinner upper arms. All the extra skin that was previously hanging there is no longer there. You will feel more confident and comfortable in your clothes. The trade-off, however, is a permanent scar on the inner portion of your upper arm. This of course will fade over time.
Most patients will experience some bruising, swelling and tenderness in the area. Sometimes numbness will be apparent, but this will subside with the swelling. You may have drains placed in the incisions for three to seven days. You will be instructed to avoid strenuous activity for the first four to six weeks. Patients usually return to work within a week. Your doctor may require you to wear a compression garment for a few weeks for support. Your doctor will go over all post-surgery instructions with you before you return home.