Hanging skin on the underside of the arm, in addition to loss of muscle tone, frequently occurs following extensive and rapid weight loss. The procedure to remove excess skin on the arms is known as an Arm Lift or Brachioplasty. Brachioplasty reshapes and firms the upper underarm to reveal a much thinner and toned arm.

Brachioplasty removes excess skin and fat from the under arm while improving the tone and proportion of your arms all together. During an arm lift, excess skin and fat are removed from the underarms between the armpit and elbow. The skin is then draped back over the newly repositioned contours to create a more toned look. The arm lift, or brachioplasty, takes about two to three hours to perform.

A Brachioplasty requires an incision on the inner part of the arm, extending from the inner elbow and into the armpit and chest. In some cases, a smaller incision line is appropriate (the size and shape of the incision will be determined by your Surgeon during your consultation). After making the incision, fatty tissue is removed through liposuction, which trims away excess skin. The remaining skin is pulled tight and the arm is sutured together. The incisions are closed with absorbable sutures. Following the procedure, a drain tube is often left in each arm for a short amount of time. The best part about this procedure is results can be seen immediately (minus the post surgery swelling and bruising).

Q: How long will my recovery take?

A: Typical recovery time is about two weeks. During this period, the arms generally remain swollen. Following the procedure, within a few days, you will be seen in the office to remove dressings and possibly drains. An elastic compression garment is provided to minimize swelling and patients are instructed to keep their arms elevated and avoid heavy arm activity.

Q: When are the Arm Lift sutures removed?

A: If disposable stitches are not used for the procedure, the sutures will be removed between 1-2 weeks depending on the healing of the area.

Q: How much time should I take off work to recover?

A: Most patients are able to return to work within seven to ten days.

Q: What other important information should I take note of?

A: It’s important to know you should refrain from lifting anything greater than 15 pounds for six weeks after surgery.

Q: How long will it take for my scars to begin to fade?

A: The scars will not disappear completely though they will begin to fade in two to three months. They will reach their final result in one to two years. Remember it’s important that these scars are not exposed to sun while they heal as his may lead to darkening/pigmentation. A sun block of 15 SPF or higher should be used daily.

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Cosmetic Procedures