An arm lift is a popular body sculpting procedure designed to address hanging skin in the upper arms for improved definition and contour. Whether as a result of gravity, the natural aging process, or significant weight loss, excess skin usually congregates in the region from the underarm to the inner elbow. This accumulation of loose skin and fat is often resistant to diet and exercise and can compromise a toned upper arm appearance. An arm lift, also referred to as a brachioplasty, can be utilized to minimize laxity in the area and reduce excess skin for a sleeker silhouette and tighter look in the upper arms.
What Can an Arm Lift Address?
An arm lift performed by Dr. Joe Gryskiewicz, our plastic surgeon, can help resolve a number of aesthetic concerns in the upper arms. While primarily used to target excess skin, individuals who are also affected by a significant amount of stubborn fat in the area can combine an arm lift with a liposuction procedure for more comprehensive improvement. Generally speaking, an arm lift can provide the following benefits:
- Minimize upper arm skin laxity
- Tighten the underlying structures that define the arm shape for improved contour
During the consultation process, “Dr. Joe” will assess your medical history and ask you about your cosmetic desires. Good candidates for an arm lift are individuals who are at or near their ideal weight and are seeking to enhance the appearance of their upper arms. After examining your areas of concern, “Dr. Joe” will help you determine whether an arm lift can provide the desired improvement, or suggest alternative treatments that can fulfill your aesthetic goals more effectively.
How is the Arm Lift Procedure Performed?
Depending on the quality of your skin, your unique treatment plan, and the amount of skin planned for excision, the way in which the arm lift procedure is performed will vary by patient. An incision will be made in either the inner arm, back of the arm, or a natural crease of the underarm. “Dr. Joe” will utilize the approach that can yield the most natural-looking results for your unique situation. In general, the procedure involves removing the appropriate amount of excess skin while your remaining skin is redraped for a smoother and more defined upper arm appearance. According to your unique needs, liposuction may also be utilized to remove excess fat and make the area appear firmer and more toned. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and utilizes general anesthesia.
What is Recovery for an Arm Lift Like?
After surgery, the cosmetic result from an arm lift should be immediately apparent and generally improves as swelling dissipates. A compression garment or ACE™ bandage may be temporarily worn over the area to facilitate proper healing and the natural contraction of your skin. Mild bruising may occur, but usually fades within a few days. Many patients can return to their normal daily routines within one week, although strenuous activity and aerobic exercise should be avoided for two additional weeks. While an arm lift can provide exceptional results that are long-lasting, men and women can prolong the aesthetic outcome of surgery by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly.
For more information about our body contouring procedures, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Joe Gryskiewicz, please contact our practice today.