Arm Lift

ARM LIFT (Brachioplasty)

Procedure: Removal of sagging skin from the armpit to the elbow
Length of Procedure: 3-6 hours
Anesthesia: General anesthesia in an operating room
In/Outpatient: Outpatient procedure
Side Effects: Immediately post operative you may experience some numbness in the lower forearm and the hand. You may also have swelling or puffiness of the hand. This seems to resolve with 24-48 hours after the surgery. You may also have temporary pain, swelling, soreness, numbness of the upper arm skin, bruising, and tiredness for several weeks or months.
Risks: Unfavorable scarring, Bleeding (hematoma), Infection, Fluid accumulation, Anesthesia risks, Poor wound healing, Skin loss, Blood clots, Numbness or other changes in skin sensation, Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling, Asymmetry, Major wound separation, Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis), Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs , Pain, which may persist, Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and possible pulmonary complications.
Recovery: 1-2 weeks depending on your recovery and if other procedures are performed along with the arm lift. Usually drains are left in place for 1-2 weeks and you have to wear a post operative garment to help with the healing.
Duration of Results: Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years.

What is an arm lift?

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. The procedure is performed to:

– Reduce excess sagging skin that droops downward
– Tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
– Reduce localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region

Best candidates for Arm Lift surgery

Fluctuations in weight, growing older and even heredity can cause your upper 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 and localized fat deposits.

If the underside 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.

An arm lift:

– Reduces excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow
– Reshapes your arm to result in smoother skin and contours
– Results in a more toned and proportionate appearance

A special note: In order to achieve your improved image, there will be a scar on the inside of your upper arm.

Is an arm lift it right for me?
In general, candidates for an arm lift include:

– Adults with significant upper arm skin laxity
– Adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
– Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
– Non-smokers
– Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations

Planning your surgery

– Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
– Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
– Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
– Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
– Quit smoking at least 2 weeks before the surgery and 4 weeks after the surgery

Special instructions you receive will cover:

– What to do on the day of surgery
– The use of anesthesia during your arm lift
– Post-operative care and follow-up

Dr. M. Patel or Dr. J. Patel will also discuss where your procedure will be performed. Although an arm lift surgery may be performed in an accredited office-based surgical center, outpatient or ambulatory surgical center, or a hospital, both Dr. M. Patel and Dr. J. Patel perform the arm lift in the hospital operating room with board certified anesthesiologist to maximize patient safety.

You’ll need help

If your arm lift is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

The arm lift surgery

Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you. This will be performed by Dr. M. Patel or Dr. J. Patel in the hospital setting with board Certified Anesthesiologists.

Step 2 – The incision
Incision length and pattern depend on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed, as well as the best judgment of Dr. M. Patel or Dr. J. Patel.

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. If fat is to be reduced during your arm lift, it will be excised or treated with liposuction.

Please contact us if you would like to know which type of approach for arm lift surgery is the best for you.