Do you stay away from wearing sleeveless outfits because of your saggy arm skin?  Without a doubt, sagging skin is one of the most common concerns among women, and a few men too.  Many people are embarrassed by bulkiness, wrinkled or baggy skin in the upper arm area. This extra skin can be due to weight loss or be genetic. Brachioplasty may be an ideal solution for the patient who has not been able to reduce this area with exercise or other methods.

What is an Arm Lift?

A Brachioplasty, commonly called an arm lift, is a surgical procedure in which excess, sagging skin is removed and reshaped to improve the contour of the upper arms and connecting area of the chest wall. Brachioplasty is often used to address concerns such as excessive loose skin or fat in the arms that do not respond well to diet and exercise. The intended result is a more defined, trim upper arm that compliments your figure.

Who Is A Candidate?

Men and women, who have loose or excess skin as a result of excessive weight loss may be candidates for this procedure. Liposuction may also be appropriate in combination with the Brachioplasty. The surgery will leave a linear scar along the bottom of the arm from the axilla (armpit) to the elbow.

The surgery is performed under general anesthetic and takes about an hour and a half. After the procedure, you will wear compressive arm garments that will help control the swelling. During the first few weeks, you will need to refrain from any vigorous activity, and you will need to limit extreme arm motions for about six weeks. Most of the swelling will be gone within two weeks, but it may take 6 to 8 weeks to see the final results.

What you can expect during the procedure

Your plastic surgeon will make incisions on the undersides of your arms. The length and pattern of the incisions depend on how much skin will be removed.

After making the incisions, the plastic surgeon will tighten the underlying tissues and secure them with stitches. He or she might also use a suction technique to remove fat (liposuction).

After the procedure

After an arm lift, your incisions are covered in bandages. Your arms will be loosely wrapped in elastic bandages to minimize swelling.

You will likely have to wear a compressive sleeve or bandage for a few weeks after the surgery.

After surgery, your surgeon will recommend avoiding any activities with your arms that would stretch the incisions for at least six weeks after surgery. Your doctor will advise applying sunscreen to your incisions for the next six months or until pinkness fades to prevent dark discoloration.