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. An arm lift (also known as a brachioplasty,) reduces the excess skin and fat and restores definition and shape to the upper arm. The procedure may also include liposuction to the area and is often performed in conjunction with other body contouring procedures.
How is the arm lift procedure performed?
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.
What is the recovery process after an Arm Lift procedure?
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.
Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Belz. She is ready to provide you with personalized care and a feminine perspective to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.