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Arm Lift

Age and weight changes can cause the upper arms to droop and sag. An arm lift reshapes the arm by surgically removing excess skin and fat. Fluctuations in weight, growing older and even heredity can cause your arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues. An arm lift, or brachioplasty is a procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm region (axilla to the elbow) by surgically removing the excess skin and fatty tissue. Candidates for Arm lift surgery should be healthy, non-smokers with good skin elasticity. Patients should also have a realistic expectation about results and be able to understand risks and benefits involved.

Average Length:

3 Hours

Anesthesia:

General

In/Outpatient:

Outpatient

Side Effects:

Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain

Risks:

Pain, bleeding, infection, fluid collections, wound healing problems, and blood clots

Recovery:

Return to non strenuous work 2 – 4 weeks after surgery. strenuous activity 4 – 6 weeks. Required to wear a supportive garment for 4-6 weeks.

Final Appearance:

4-6 months for swelling to completely resolve. Scars will flatten and fade 6months – 1 year.

Duration of Results:

Permanent if weight is stable