An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that will remove excess skin and fat under the arm, as well as tighten and smooth the skin of the under portion of the upper arm. It will minimize areas of fat in the upper arm region, sometimes referred to as “bat wings.” This plastic surgery procedure is for both men and women.
Due to aging process and weight loss the upper arms may develop extra skin that hangs down under the arms. Unfortunately, this excess skin cannot be corrected or tightened through exercise alone.
What to Expect During Brachioplasty Surgery
An arm lift is performed in an outpatient surgery center under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. The length of the incision will depend on the amount and location of excess skin and fat to be removed. During your initial consultation, our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Payne will evaluate how much skin to remove and answer any questions that you might have. We will go over any adverse health conditions to confirm if you are a candidate for surgery.
The incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm and may extend from the elbow to the underarm or armpit area. If necessary, excess fat will be removed with liposuction. The underlying tissue will be tightened and reshaped as well.
Any significant amount of excess skin will be removed and an incision will heal with a scar on the inside back of the arm.
Post-Operative Arm Lift
After your Arm Lift surgery, you will need to wear a compression garment 24/7. Instructions on how to wear compression garment will be discussed on your postoperative visit. You may shower but please do not submerge in any body’s of water such as swimming pool, hot tub and bath tub etc. Drains are usually not necessary for surgery on the arms. There may be small incisions in different areas of your arm that will drain. Ideally, lymphatic massages would help eliminate the buildup of fluid. Avoid foods high in sodium during recovery. We recommend no strenuous activity for 4-6 weeks after arm lift surgery.
Upper Arm Lift Recovery
Since this is an outpatient cosmetic surgery we recommend for our patients to avoid any strenuous activity for a few weeks after surgery. Normal activities may resume after 6 weeks. You will need to wear a compression garment on the arms to help with the final results to achieve a toned appearance. Sutures are typically placed under the skin and will dissolve on their own. We recommend to schedule your pain medications after surgery to minimize the pain experienced with arm lift procedure.