Fluctuations in weight, age or genetics can all cause the upper arms to develop loose skin and hanging tissue. Women are particularly susceptible to flabby upper arms, which can cause feelings of self-consciousness in tank tops or swimwear. An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, can restore the arms to their youthful look by toning and tightening arm skin and tissue.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Harrington prides herself on her ability to create the most natural-looking results. During your initial consultation, she’ll sit down with you to discuss your goals for cosmetic surgery and inform you of the results you can expect from an upper arm lift.
Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery has helped women and men from throughout the Twin Cities look and feel younger and healthier with brachioplasty. Contact us online or call our Plymouth office today at 651-290-7600 for more information about arm lift surgery, including pricing.
Who Is a Good Candidate for an Upper Arm Lift?
Almost anyone who wishes to get rid of loose arm skin or flabby tissue can be a good candidate for brachioplasty. Some of the most common reasons to consider getting an arm lift include:
- Significant weight loss has resulted in sagging upper arm skin
- Loose upper arm tissue hangs and creates a flabby look
- Excess skin or tissue in the upper arms hides underlying muscle tone
Arm Lift Incisions
Brachioplasty incisions are placed as discreetly as possible. The exact location of your incisions will depend on the amount of excess skin and tissue. People who only need a small amount of correction may only require an incision located in each armpit. More commonly, however, incisions are placed in the inner arm crease between the bicep and tricep muscles. People with a significant amount of excess tissue and skin may require an additional vertical incision along the inner arm. Once Dr. Harrington has made the appropriate incision for your needs, she will lift and tighten the tissue and skin of the upper arms.
If fat removal is required to achieve your ideal results, Dr. Harrington may include liposuction to create a slimmer, fitter upper arm silhouette. In this case, she will need to create a few additional small incisions to perform the liposuction procedure.
Your Arm Lift Procedure
Brachioplasty is a same-day procedure that is performed using general anesthesia. The surgery itself may take up to 3 hours for both arms and is performed at our licensed surgery center. For general anesthesia for your upper arm lift, you should arrive at the surgical facility 1 hour before your procedure start time and plan to stay for 1 hour after. Be sure to have a friend or family member available to drive you home, and arrange for an adult to stay with you for at least 24 hours following your surgery.
Dr. Harrington may recommend additional procedures to include with your arm lift based on your overall appearance goals. Many post-weight loss patients opt for body contouring procedures such as a tummy tuck or liposuction in other areas of the body. Some women also choose to include an upper arm lift in their mommy makeovers.
As with all surgeries, recovering from an arm lift is a gradual process. Most patients take up to 2 weeks away from work and other normal activities as their bodies heal. It’s normal to develop some bruising and swelling after surgery, which should subside over the following weeks. During the first week of your recovery, keeping your arms extended with the wrists elevated can help promote fast healing. Dr. Harrington may also ask you to wear a special compression garment or bandages to encourage blood circulation.
You should notice a difference in the shape of your upper arms immediately after your procedure, but your final results will take some time to develop. Most patients can enjoy their slimmer, more toned arms after about 2 months.
It’s critical that you discuss any potential risks or complications with Dr. Harrington prior to getting an arm lift. If you notice any sudden swelling accompanied by sharp pain, notify our office immediately.
Brachioplasty can get rid of excess arm fat and reveal a more youthful shape to the upper arms. If you have questions or would like more information, contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 651-290-7600 to schedule your arm lift consultation.