Firm, well-defined arms can be symbolic of youthful strength and beauty. Hanging skin on the underside of the arm with loss of skin tone frequently occurs following extensive weight loss and as part of the natural aging process, as skin loses its elasticity and becomes subject to the forces of gravity. The loose skin is sometimes associated with fat deposits from the elbow up. Brachioplasty, or an “Arm Lift,” can surgically remove excess skin on the upper arms, giving you the well-contoured, attractive arms you desire. A scar is left along the length of the upper, inner arm where it is hidden whenever your arms are by your side. Liposuction – another body contouring procedure – is a good alternative to an arm lift for those with good skin tone and disproportionate amounts of fat.
Arm Lift Procedure and Recovery
The arm lift, or brachioplasty, takes about two hours to perform. Some liposuction is commonly done in conjunction with removal of excess skin. The incisions are closed with suture. Each patient is placed in a compression garment to help minimize swelling.
The arms remain swollen for several weeks following the procedure. You should refrain from lifting anything greater than 15 pounds for six weeks after surgery. Most patients are able to return to work in about one week. The scars will not disappear completely though they will begin to fade in two to three months, and will reach their final appearance in one to two years. It is important that these scars are not exposed to sun while they are still red as this may lead to darkening/pigmentation.