Aging causes the upper arm skin to become loose and flabby. A surgical procedure called brachioplasty, also known as “arm lift surgery,” can remove and tighten this loose skin to reduce the circumference of the upper arms. Dr. Messa can include liposuction as a part of your arm lift procedure to remove excess fatty deposits. Arm lift surgery can correct upper arm “bat wings” and make the upper arms more youthfully toned and firm.
What Do You Desire?
Freedom to Wear What You Want
Many people who are uncomfortable with the appearance of their upper arms tend to avoid certain clothing items. For instance, you may avoid tight-fitting clothing, sleeveless clothing, short-sleeved tops, and bathing suits so that others will not see your upper arms. An arm lift can save you from feeling limited to just a few clothing options and give you the freedom to wear what you want. Arm lift patients usually feel a sense of freedom to wear the clothing they love without worrying about what others will think.
As with most body contouring procedures, your arm lift results can be long lasting to permanent when you maintain a healthy lifestyle. While the arms will continue to age naturally over time, the tightness and tone achieved with your procedure can give your arms a shapely and attractive appearance for many years.
Feeling self-conscious about your body can diminish self-confidence. The results of arm lift surgery can help you feel more comfortable and confident in your body and can build your self-esteem. This boost in confidence from knowing that your arms are slender and toned may influence your confidence in your career and life choices as well.
A More Youthful Appearance
Because aging often leads to the development of so-called “bat wing” upper arms, having excess skin and/or fat in the upper arms can make you look older than you feel. Even if you are young, you may struggle with weight-related fat deposits or the effects of genetics working against you. An arm lift can correct these issues to give your upper arms a more youthful and slender appearance.
Who Can Benefit?
Aging Upper Arm Skin
As the skin ages, the natural production of collagen and elastin diminish. This causes the skin everywhere on the body to slowly sag and lose its vitality. In the upper arms, this sagging, excess skin can hang in such a way that it gives the impression you have “bat wings.” Arm lift surgery can counteract the effects of aging by tightening the skin of the upper arms so that they are tight and toned instead of loose and flabby.
Fatty Deposits in the Upper Arms
The upper arms can develop excess fat that causes them to lose their shape and tone. An arm lift combined with liposuction can eliminate this unwanted fat to improve the shape of the upper arms. This procedure can also help the upper arms appear firm and toned.
After Major Weight Loss
People who have achieved major weight loss may be left with areas of sagging skin and/or stubborn fat. A commonly affected area is the upper arms, which can have substantial sagging skin that is an unwelcome reminder of your previously overweight condition. The arm lift procedure can eliminate sagging skin and fat to improve the appearance of the upper arms. After this procedure, your upper arms will be shapely and toned with no more excess skin and fat.
Addressing Your Concerns
You should be able to return home shortly after your arm lift surgery. Your surgical incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures that will dissolve on their own, so you will not need to return to have them removed. You will be given compression garments to help your upper arms heal, minimize swelling, and reduce scarring. Most patients feel ready to return to work approximately three or four days after surgery. There will be some initial swelling and bruising that will typically subside within two weeks. For the first two weeks after surgery, patients should wear comfortable tops that open in the front and should avoid lifting the arms above the head. By carefully following Dr. Messa’s postoperative instructions, you can greatly reduce the possibility of risks and complications during your recovery. After three to four weeks, you should be able to gradually resume exercise.
Scars Your specific conditions may determine the extent of the incisions required for your brachioplasty. Generally, the required incisions will extend from each armpit to the elbow and be hidden on the insides of the upper arms. These scars usually heal well after wearing a compression garment during recovery. Liposuction, where needed, requires only very small incisions that are usually indistinguishable once healed. Any scarring will fade over time.
Cost Tightening and toning the upper arms with brachioplasty requires great dedication and skill from your surgeon, and the cost of your procedure may reflect this. The cost of brachioplasty is decided on an individual basis and is determined by factors such as surgical technique, surgical fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and the location of the surgery. More details about the cost will be provided to you prior to your procedure.
Pain The surgical techniques used in arm lift surgery may lead to some discomfort during recovery. Pain medications will be prescribed to alleviate any associated pain. These medications are typically only needed for a few days after surgery, if at all.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FOR THE PROCEDURE?
During the procedure, anesthesia will be administered to prevent pain. The appropriate incisions will be made, after which the underlying supportive tissue will be tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Liposuction may be performed to suction out excess fat from the upper arms. Finally, the skin will be smoothed over the new contour of the upper arms, and absorbable sutures will be used to close the incisions.
WHERE WILL THE PROCEDURE TAKE PLACE?
Arm lift surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis at our fully accredited, state-of-the-art surgical suite or in a licensed hospital or outpatient facility.
DO I NEED AN ARM LIFT OR CAN I JUST GET LIPOSUCTION?
If your upper arm skin is still youthfully toned and firm but you have excess upper arm fat, you may be able to undergo liposuction alone to improve the shape of your upper arms. However, if you have lax upper arm skin, you will need to undergo arm lift surgery instead of or in addition to liposuction.
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
The smoother and tighter upper arm contours after brachioplasty are visible almost immediately and will improve as swelling and bruising subside. Your new toned and shapely upper arms will be dramatically improved in both appearance and feel.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MAINTAIN RESULTS?
The best way to maintain your results from brachioplasty is to live a healthy lifestyle. By eating a nutritious, lean diet, you can avoid excess weight gain and fat accumulation. By exercising your arms and body, you can keep your muscle tone strong so that your improved contours remain defined, attractive, and shapely.