What is an arm lift?
Are you beginning to notice the skin on your arms starting to sag or becoming loose? This can be due to loss of elasticity in the skin from aging or significant weight loss. One way to treat this is to get an arm lift, or brachioplasty. The goal of arm lift surgery is to achieve a smoother, tighter arm appearance, though results may vary from person to person.
Who is a candidate?
- Those who are physically healthy and at a stable weight
- Those with significant upper arm laxity
How can I prepare?
- Get a medical evaluation
- Review medical history
- Stop smoking
- Avoid taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs/herbal supplements
How is an arm lift performed?
Arm lift surgery is most often performed with general anesthesia. An incision is placed on the back of the arm or inside of the arm, and can extend from the armpit to above the elbow. Incision length, pattern and placement depend on the location of excess skin. Liposuction may be used in conjunction with the procedure to remove unwanted fat. All incisions made during the surgery will be closed with dissolvable sutures.
What can I expect for results?
Post-op care instructions will be provided by the doctor prior to your surgery. Bandages will be applied to your incisions and compression sleeves will be wrapped around your arms to minimize the swelling. It is important to follow all recovery instructions to ensure you heal properly and achieve desired results.
Results from arm lift surgery are almost immediate and are long lasting provided that stable weight is maintained. You can expect swelling and bruising following the procedure. Scars from the incisions will fade over time, though you should anticipate hyperpigmented scars for one year before fading to white.
- Nerve or muscle damage
- Asymmetry in the shape of arms
- Changes in skin sensation/numbness
- Axillary webbing
Arm lift with Dr. Nealy at Silk Touch
Dr. Nealy is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with a focus in breast, body and facial rejuvenation. What separates Dr. Nealy from others is his unique background in cosmetic surgery. After training in general surgery and achieving board certification, he completed two fellowships in general cosmetic surgery and facial cosmetic surgery. Because he is triple board certified he is capable of taking care of patients’ cosmetic needs as well as any potential complications or revisional surgeries. His attention to detail and ability to adapt his technique to each unique patient is what sets his results apart from others.