Fluctuations in weight, growing older, and even heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging, bat wing-like appearance. While exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, it cannot address excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits. If the undersides of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin and fat, an arm lift may be right for you.
Candidates must be healthy enough for surgery and are ideally at a stable weight. You will need to schedule a consultation with our doctors in order for us to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. During the appointment, we will also discuss what is involved in the surgery and the results you can expect to achieve. For certain patients, such as those who have lost significant amounts of weight, arm lift surgery may be combined with additional body contouring procedures to achieve more comprehensive enhancement of the physique.
Incision length and pattern during arm lift surgery depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as the best judgement of your plastic surgeon. Incisions are generally placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, depending on the surgeon’s preference, and may extend from the underarm (axilla) to just above the elbow. Excess fat may be directly excised or treated with liposuction. Depending on your specific condition, incisions may be more limited. Then, underlying supportive tissue is tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm.
After an arm lift, your incisions will be covered in bandages. Your arms will be loosely wrapped in elastic bandages to minimize swelling. Small tubes might be placed in your arms to drain any excess blood or fluid. You'll likely see someone from your plastic surgery team within a day or two after your arm lift. He or she may remove your bandages and drainage tube if used. Some plastic surgeons may have you wear a compression sleeve for a few weeks to keep swelling down.
Arm lift results are typically long lasting. Remember, however, your skin will naturally lose some firmness as you age and some sagging might occur. Maintaining a stable, healthy weight can help you retain your results.