Arm Lift – What to know

What causes our arms to sag?

Weight loss and age are the most common reasons that our arms sag. Women are more prone to saggy arms than men, although it is not abnormal for men to undergo an arm lift procedure.

What Is an Arm Lift?

Brachioplasty, or ‘arm lift’ surgery, reshapes the underside of the upper arm from the armpit to the elbow. The surgery removes extra skin and fat to give a more toned and balanced appearance.

Upper arm skin tends to droop with age, after significant weight loss, and for people with lymphedema. Exercise may strengthen and improve the underlying muscle tone of the upper arm, but it cannot change any extra skin that has lost its elasticity.

During the surgery, a patient is typically under general anaesthesia. The procedure usually takes between one and three hours

Who is it suited for?

An arm lift is often recommended for patients who have a lot of excess skin in the arm area, but not a lot of extra fat. It’s also recommended for patients who are at a normal, healthy weight, such as people who have successfully lost weight, either on their own or after gastric bypass. If you plan on losing a considerable amount of weight, it’s best to schedule the surgery after your weight loss.

Where is the incision made?

The incision will depend upon how much tissue needs to be removed and whether the tissue is near the armpit or lower down on the arm. The traditional vertical incision goes from the armpit to the elbow.

When will I see the results of my arm lift?

Your arms will be considerably smaller immediately after surgery, even though they are swollen. You will see your final results approximately 2 to 3 months after surgery, when the swelling has disappeared.

How long will my results last?

The results of arm lift surgery will last for many years providing you continue to look after your arms by taking regular exercise, eating a healthy diet and committing to maintaining a stable body weight. Your body will still undergo the normal aging process, which could result in some changes overtime.

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