Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) – San Diego
An arm lift is performed to:
- Reduce excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow
- Reshape your arm to result in smoother skin and contours
- Result in a more toned and proportionate appearance
Fluctuations in weight, growing older and even heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance, and are even called “bat wings” for their appearance when the arms are held out to the side.
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.
The Arm Lift Procedure
Illustrations below show the incision pattern for the brachioplasty procedure. The incisions are usually placed on the inside of the arm or on the back of the arm and most often extend from the underarm to just above the elbow. If excess fat is present, liposuction is performed to reduce the amount of fat. Next, the underlying tissues are tightened and reshaped with internal sutures and the skin is smoothed over the new contour of your arm. The incision is then closed with sutures.
The arm lift incisions are wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment post procedure to decrease swelling. In some cases, drains may be placed via a very small tube placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.
Smoother, tighter and more toned upper arms are yours almost immediately, although initially the true results may be obscured by swelling and bruising. Patients can typically return to work within 2 weeks and resume strenuous activity in 4 to 6 weeks.
The surgeons at Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa are experts at body contouring and will ensure that you are pleased with the results of your arm lift surgery, Arm lift surgery is often combined with other body contouring procedures and is an integral part of body contouring after massive weight loss.