Upper Arm Lift
An arm lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the under portion of your upper arms.
During an arm lift — also known as brachioplasty — excess skin and fat are removed from between the armpit and elbow. The remaining skin is placed back over the newly repositioned contours to create a more toned look.
Why it's done
As you get older, the skin on your upper arms changes — sagging and becoming loose. Significant weight loss also can cause the undersides of your upper arms to droop.
While exercise can strengthen and improve muscle tone in the upper arm, it can't address excess skin that has lost elasticity.
You might choose to have an arm lift if the undersides of your upper arms are sagging. An arm lift might also boost your body image.
By removing loose skin, an arm lift can give your upper arms a more toned appearance.
Arm lift results are typically long lasting. Remember, however, your skin will naturally lose some firmness as you age and some sagging might occur. Maintaining a stable, healthy weight can help you retain your results.
How you Prepare
- Review your medical history. Be prepared to answer questions about current and past medical conditions. Talk about any medications you're taking or have taken recently, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements, as well as any surgeries you've had.
- Do a physical exam. To determine your treatment options, the doctor will examine the undersides of your upper arms. The doctor will also take pictures of your arms for your medical record.
- Discuss your expectations. Explain why you want an arm lift and what you're hoping for in terms of appearance after the procedure. Make sure you understand the benefits and risks, including scarring.
- If you use tobacco, stop. Smoking decreases blood flow in the skin and can slow the healing process. If you smoke, your doctor will advise you to stop smoking before surgery and during recovery. Some doctors won't perform the surgery if you still smoke because the risk of complications is higher.
- Scarring. Incision scars from an arm lift are permanent, but are typically placed in areas that aren't easily visible. Rarely, incisions can result in raised, red scars. Injections of a corticosteroid medication or other treatments might be used to improve the appearance of scars.
- Asymmetry in the shape of your arms. This could occur as a result of changes during the healing process. Also, while the surgeon will try to make your arms look as symmetrical as possible, perfect symmetry isn't possible.
- Changes in skin sensation. During an arm lift, the repositioning of your arm tissues can affect superficial sensory nerves. You'll likely feel some temporary numbness.
- Problems with stitches. Stitches used to secure the arm's new shape might work their way to the surface of the skin and need to be removed. This can cause inflammation of the affected skin. As a result, you might need additional surgery.
Before the surgery
- Avoid certain medications. You'll likely need to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, which can increase bleeding.
- Arrange for help during recovery. Make plans for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you as you begin to recover.
After the surgery
After an arm lift, your incisions will be covered in bandages. Your arms will be loosely wrapped in elastic bandages to minimize swelling. Small tubes might be placed in your arms to drain any excess blood or fluid.
You'll likely see someone from your plastic surgery team within a day or two after your arm lift. He or she may remove your bandages and drainage tube if used. Some plastic surgeons may have you wear a compression sleeve for a few weeks to keep swelling down.
In the first few days after an arm lift:
- Avoid lifting your arms above shoulder level for three to four weeks.
- Avoid physical and athletic activities with your arms that might stretch the incisions for four to eight weeks after surgery.
- Take pain medication as needed and use topical or oral antibiotics as directed to prevent wound infections.
Before - After
Frequently Asked Questions
What is frequently asked questions?
- Yes, loose skin under the arms is very common, which can be easily treated with the help of arm lift surgery.,
Are flabby arms normal?
- Yes, they are completely normal.
What causes fat upper arms?
- Weight gain, and some forms of genetic predisposition, can cause your upper arms to become fat.
Is there plastic surgery for flabby arms?
- Yes, an arm lift is the best way to get rid of flabby arms and achieve a more contoured look.
Why are my arms so flabby?
- There are many causes of flabby arms; genetics, weight gain, loose skin, excess body fat percentage. Regardless of the cause, they can be fixed with an arm lift surgery.
How do you fix batwing arms?
- An arm lift surgery or upper arm reduction surgery can help fix batwing arms.
How do they remove bat wings with surgery?
- A surgical arm lift will get rid of bat wings. The surgeon will make incisions, remove excess and fat to give your arms a more sculpted look.
What is a mini arm lift?
- A mini arm lift is performed to improve the look of your arms when you have minor amount of excess skin and fat.
How do you get rid of armpit fat?
An arm lift surgery not only contours your arm but also targets armpit fat as well.