While many people wear tank tops to beat the heat here in Austin, those who have arms with sagging skin often are too embarrassed to wear such clothing. An arm lift (brachioplasty) removes excess skin and tissue from the upper arm area. Patients who have lost a great deal of weight quickly often find that their skin can’t retract fully resulting in extra arm skin that is uncomfortable and embarrassing. An arm lift may help restore an arm’s toned shapeliness and give patients the confidence to wear tops and shirts that reveal their arms.
Contact us online today to learn more about an arm lift procedure. At the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas, we offer our patients the chance to address the physical issues that discourage them the most, all in a positive and welcoming environment.
Arm Lift Procedure
An arm lift is a type of body contouring procedure that surgically sculpts and tightens the arm skin. Your surgeon can use several techniques to achieve a more attractive appearance:
- Liposuction: People with some excess fat on their arms but with good skin elasticity overall may benefit from liposuction of the arm area. In some cases, liposuction may be used on its own, but more often it is paired with one of the other arm lift techniques.
- Mini Arm Lift: People who have slightly sagging skin just at the arm pit may opt for the mini arm lift. The mini arm lift targets only a small area and requires only small incisions, but it does not address severe sagging. Your surgeon will help you determine if a mini arm lift is the most appropriate procedure.
- Extended Arm Lift: This technique produces the most dramatic results, and is one of the most common methods of achieving an improved look for the upper arms. An incision is made on the inside of the arm, extending from the crease of the elbow all the way to the armpit, and then extra skin is removed.
Arm lifts are generally performed with the patient under anesthesia. The surgeon first marks the areas where incisions will be placed. After making the appropriate incisions, the surgeon will then remove the excess fat and skin, molding your arms into a firmer, toned shape. Finally, the incision is closed up and dressings are applied. The surgery typically takes about an hour.
Results and Recovery
For patients who have severely sagging arm skin and who opt for the extended brachioplasty, the results can be dramatic. The arms are tighter, more shapely and muscle tone underneath becomes visible.
Scarring will vary depending upon the patient. Soreness, swelling and bruising are not uncommon, and it is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions following your procedure. If a great deal of skin requires removal, a patient may find that he or she has limited arm mobility anywhere from several days to several weeks after the operation.
Patients should refrain from heavy lifting or any activity that may strain the arms for at least 10 days, but work can generally be resumed after approximately five days. Due to the fact that patients might experience tightness in the arms for several days, it is advisable that patients refrain from driving until full use of the arms has been restored.