Arm Lift

What is Brachioplasty?

If your only concern about your upper arms is some stubborn fat that won’t respond to diet and exercise, then arm liposuction may be the solution you’re seeking. However, if you also have excess skin that no amount of exercise is going to correct, then brachioplasty may be your best option to regain slimmer, toned arms.

Brachioplasty is an elective cosmetic surgery that reduces the circumference of your arms, and reduces their weight by removing excess skin, and possibly removing excess fat through simultaneous liposuction. The end result is more youthful arms better proportioned to the rest of your body.

Why Have Brachioplasty?

The decision to undergo any kind of cosmetic surgery is a very personal one, and everyone’s reasons differ. However, every person who decides to go through with it has two things in common: they each want to look better in some way, and they each want to feel better about their appearance, and themselves. Choosing to have brachioplasty is no different.
Two main factors cause the excess skin on the upper arm that brachioplasty corrects: age and weight loss.

Age

Over time, the amount of elastic fibers that help the skin maintain its suppleness are not only produced at a slower rate, but also become weak. It becomes more and more difficult for them to defy gravity and support the surrounding tissues. As a result, our skin begins to sag.
Factors such as smoking, genetics, and sun exposure can also speed up this aging process, which increases the rate at which our skin sags. While this happens all over our bodies, it’s often more apparent in the upper arms because they’re more exposed than other parts of the body. This can be a source of embarrassment or discomfort for many people.

Weight Loss

If you’ve ever gained a large amount of weight, the excess fat likely stretched your skin. When you lose weight, and that fat tissue shrinks, the skin on your arms may have stretched beyond the point where it would be able to bounce back on its own. This can leave you with “flaps” of wrinkled, sagging skin suspended from your upper arms

Recovery

As with any surgery, you can expect to experience some pain, swelling, and bruising after your brachioplasty. Your arms will be wrapped in compression bandages to help alleviate these conditions.
For the first couple of nights following surgery, you will be instructed to sleep with your arms at a raised position, which will also help reduce swelling. By minimizing swelling, you’re helping to prevent the incisions from opening (wound dehiscence), which can make you vulnerable to infection and excessive scarring. Your surgeon will prescribe antibiotics to help prevent infection, and pain medication to help alleviate discomfort.
You’ll need about a week off from work to rest and begin your recovery. After about a month, you’ll be able to resume mild exercise. However, you will not be able to lift heavy objects for quite some time. Consult with your doctor first to make sure you don’t cause injury to your arms.