With its elastic nature, skin is especially vulnerable to the affects of aging and significant weight loss. As you age or reach your goal weight, the skin on your arms may lose some of its elasticity and fail to hold or regain its shape. You may be left with sagging, loose skin that creates a “bat wing” look along the underside of your upper arms. Removing the extra skin and fat through arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, can help you feel more comfortable with your body and more confident about wearing short sleeves or going sleeveless.
Contact us online or call one of our cosmetic centers, conveniently located in Noblesville, Indianapolis and Marion, to learn more about your options for arm lift surgery. Our team of surgeons has helped thousands of men and women throughout the state of Indiana feel confident in their appearance through arm lift surgery.
About Arm Lift Surgery
Droopy upper arm skin can be caused by major weight loss, changes in weight, aging and genetics. Diet and exercise won’t affect the shape and tautness of your arm skin and may not help with excess fat that could also be marring the definition of your arms. An arm lift may be right for you if the loose, extra skin is impacting your confidence, self-image and limiting your clothing options.
During your initial consultation, your cosmetic surgeon will examine your arms and talk in detail with you about your expectations and goals for arm lift surgery. Your cosmetic surgeon can also talk with you what your arms may look like after the procedure and explain that arm lift surgery may leave a visible scar that runs from your armpit to the elbow. You may be a good candidate for a smaller, less noticeable incision in the armpit. Depending on the amount of extra fat, your cosmetic surgeon may recommend adding liposuction to your arm lift for the best results and improved definition.
For a better idea of what kinds of results you can expect from your procedure, review arm lift before and after photos from our practice.
Your Arm Lift Procedure
Before your arm lift surgery, your cosmetic surgeon may review anesthesia and incision options with you, explain the differences and make the best recommendation for you. Arm lift surgery can be performed with IV sedation or general anesthesia and there are three types of incisions. An incision may be made from your armpit to your elbow on the inside of your arm or along the back of your arm. A minimal incision — or limited-incision brachioplasty — tucked into the armpit may be possible if the loose skin is close to your armpit. Another variation is extended brachioplasty to treat fatty tissue and loose skin just under the arm in the chest area through a slightly longer incision.
During the procedure, your cosmetic surgeon removes excess skin in the arm, eliminates extra fat either directly or with liposuction and tightens the underlying tissues for smoother contours.
Your Recovery & Results
Most people experience swelling and sometimes bruising. Your cosmetic surgeon may recommend wearing an elastic bandage or compression garment for a few weeks after your arm lift surgery to help minimize swelling and support your new shape. You should plan on recovering for 1 to 2 weeks before returning to work. You may not be able to drive until at least 10 days after your arm lift surgery. You can begin gentle walking during the first week but you should avoid arm and cardiovascular exercise for about a month. After about six weeks, you should be able to resume your usual activities, including heavy lifting and playing sports.
You should notice an almost immediate improvement to the shape and contours of your arm after your arm lift procedure. Your results may be long-lasting if you maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle.
Schedule Your Consultation
To take the first step toward looking and feeling your best with the help of arm lift surgery, contact us online or call one of our cosmetic centers in Noblesville, Indianapolis or Marion.