Fluctuations in weight, age, and genetics can lead to a droopy, sagging appearance of the upper arms. This excess tissue cannot be corrected through exercise and may be uncomfortable, unsightly, and restrict wardrobe options.
The Arm Lift Procedure
An arm lift is performed as an outpatient procedure and takes approximately 2-3 hours. An incision is made on the inside aspect of the arm and typically extends from the axilla to above the elbow. Excess skin and fat is removed and internal sutures are placed to help re-contour the upper arm. The skin is then closed meticulously to maximize wound healing. A temporary drain may be placed to drain excess fluid. While every effort is made to minimize scar length, the scar will be visible depending on the position of your arm. Dr. Belz will review the procedure, risks and benefits, and post-operative course during your personalized consultation.
The Recovery After Arm Lift Surgery
Diligent elevation and the use of a compression garment help minimize bruising and swelling, which commonly occur after a brachioplasty. Most individuals are able to resume light activity and return to work 7-10 days after surgery. Strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for approximately 4 to 6 weeks or until released by Dr. Belz.