• An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that:

    • Reduces excess sagging skin that droops downward
    • Tightens and smoothes the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
    • Reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region

    Fluctuations in weight, growing older, and heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. This is a condition that cannot be corrected through exercise.

    Arm lift surgery may be right for you if the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat.

    In general, arm lift candidates include:

    • Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity
    • Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
    • Healthy individuals without medical conditions that impair healing or increase risk of surgery
    • Non-smokers
    • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations

    During your recovery from arm lift surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and your arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling following surgery. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site and drains, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing, specific concerns to look for, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

    The smoother, tighter contours that result from arm lift surgery are apparent almost immediately following your procedure. Initial results will be obscured by swelling and bruising, and a scar will remain where the incision was made.

    The results of arm lift surgery will be long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively permanent. Following your physician’s instructions is essential to the success of your surgery.

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