Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty)
Toned arms are an unmistakable sign of physical fitness. But as we age, even the most health conscious and fit among us tend to lose the look of lean, strong arms. Those who have successfully lost a significant amount of weight are also prone to carry excess skin on their upper arms that hides muscle tone. Unfortunately, sometimes diet and exercise alone can’t improve skin-elasticity or eliminate excess fat. In these cases, the best solution is often a brachioplasty, more commonly known as an arm lift procedure. The skilled plastic surgeons at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery can help you envision how an arm lift can help transform the overall appearance of your upper body. To learn more about how a brachioplasty can help you uncover your leaner self, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at one of our New Jersey ECAPS offices.
What is a brachioplasty?
Commonly referred to as an “arm lift,” brachioplasty is a procedure used to tighten the appearance of sagging upper arms. An arm lift can reduce the size and thickness of the upper arm so that your clothes fit more comfortably. Brachioplasty is typically geared towards patients who have lost a significant amount of weight; however it may also apply to those who have lost skin elasticity due to heredity, age, or other factors. After an arm lift, many of our patients find that their newly toned arms give them the confidence needed to show this area off a little more.
Am I a good candidate for an upper arm lift?
Most upper arm lift surgeries are conducted by incision and removal of tissue. Incisions can vary in size based on the condition of the skin, and in some cases patients may only need liposuction. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if you demonstrate the following:
- You are in good physical condition
- You are unhappy with the appearance of your upper arms due to loose or sagging skin
- Your condition cannot be corrected by diet and exercise alone
Your upper arms show evidence of loose or sagging skin due to age, weight loss, pregnancy or hereditary factors. During your one-on-one consultation with a surgeon at one of our ECAPS Centers of New Jersey, you will go over these considerations in order to ensure that your surgery is a success. You should be prepared to discuss your full medical history during your consultation, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances.
Special Considerations for Arm-Lifts:
Age, weight, and pregnancy are all factors that must be considered before undergoing an arm lift procedure. Please reflect upon the following before seeking an upper arm lift.
- An upper arm lift can be performed at any age, as long as you are able to withstand the stress of surgery.
- If you do not complete your weight loss prior to surgery, your problems may reappear. After an arm lift it will be essential to maintain your weight because your newly sensitive skin will be negatively affected by significant weight gain.
- Pregnancy can cause unpredictable body changes that may affect the long-term results of your surgery. We highly encourage you to inform your doctor if you plan to have children in the future.
Surgery and Recovery
An upper arm lift is typically performed as an outpatient surgery, using general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. After just a few hours of recovery you will be permitted to go home. Any incisions that you receive will be wrapped in gauze dressings and may include drain tubes to prevent the accumulation of fluid. You will be sent home with detailed information outlining symptoms that are to be expected, signs of complication, and instructions for a healthy and successful recovery.
You should be able to walk immediately following surgery, and most patients are up and about within a day or two. Your incisions will be tender to the touch for the first few days and you are instructed not to lift, pull or push anything during this time. Do not engage in any strenuous activity for at least two to three weeks. Within days of your surgery your dressings will be removed, however you may be required to wear a supportive garment to minimize swelling and aid in the healing process. Following your doctor’s orders closely assures that you will have the best outcome possible. Depending on the quality of your skin and the extent of your surgery, it may take several months to a year to see your final results.