About Arm Lift
An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, uses a variety of advanced cosmetic surgery techniques to remove excess skin and fat deposits from the upper arm, to restore a more youthful and toned look. Excess skin in the arms typically develops naturally through the aging process, due to gravity, genetics, or after massive weight loss. In order to lift the arm, an incision is typically made from under the elbow along the inner arm to the upper arm. As an acclaimed board-certified specialist in body contouring and fat removal, Dr. Aisha Baron creates natural-looking improvements and remove “bat wings” from the upper arms to reveal a sleek, well-contoured upper body.
The best candidates for an arm lift procedure are men or women who have loose and hanging skin on the underside of the upper arm. This skin keeps these individuals from wearing short sleeves or fitted clothing. Patients must be at or near their goal weight, and their weight should be stable. This surgery is not reserved for weight loss patients alone. Patients who are in good health and wish to have their arms toned and tightened may also consider this procedure.
What To Expect
The goal of an arm lift is to remove excess skin and reveal a toned upper arm. The plastic surgeon will evaluate your skin quality and elasticity and determine how much fat, tissue and skin should be removed to attain the results the patient desires. The length of the incision made during surgery will vary. For example, patients who have healthy skin tone may only require a minor incision. Massive weight loss patients who present with excessively loose and hanging skin will require a more extensive approach. During surgery, the excess skin is trimmed and removed. An armpit lift is sometimes incorporated during this procedure for patients who have additional skin and fat deposits within the armpit.
Swelling is expected after arm lift surgery, although the amount of swelling varies among patients. The swelling starts to subside during the first 1-2 weeks after surgery. A compression garment or sleeve will usually be recommended to control this swelling and to keep the skin and tissue firmly protected. Most patients can resume moderate arm activity in 3-4 weeks, with a complete recovery about 4-6 weeks after the surgery. While all surgical procedures will leave some scarring, the incision resides under the arm so that it is not as noticeable. The surgeon will provide a scar treatment plan to help the incision(s) heal in a healthy and quick manner.
Reveal Your Toned Arms
If you are in the process of completing your weight loss journey, or if aging and gravity have caused loose skin to hang from your arms, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at our office in Marietta, GA to learn more about arm lift surgery. With significant experience and skill, plastic surgeon Dr. Baron can create tighter, more youthful-looking arms with lasting results.