A brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is a surgical procedure that is designed to add definition to the upper arms by toning sagging skin and removing excess fat. You can also choose to undergo a mini arm lift if you suffer from minimal sagging and don’t have a need for the full procedure.

Patients often choose to combine an arm lift with a number of other body contouring techniques for an improved look throughout the whole body. The procedure is ideal for patients who have recently lost a great deal of weight, given birth, or those who aren’t seeing any improvements after making changes their diet and workout plan.

Is an Arm Lift Right for you?

An arm lift is perfect for people who have recently lost a great deal of weight naturally, through a bariatric surgery, or by using pills. When you suddenly lose a lot of weight, your skin will begin to develop a sagging appearance as it struggles to adjust to the new body shape. An arm lift is ideal for individuals who have maintained a relatively stable weight for at least six months.

The procedure is also a good option for people who have stubborn fat deposits that are unresponsive to vigorous exercise. Before undergoing the procedure, your surgeon will conduct a physical to make sure that you are in good health. You need to be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle after the treatment to experience continued benefits.

What are the Procedure Details?

Arm lifts are performed under the effects of general anesthesia. The surgery takes about two hours to be completed. Your surgeon will make incisions between your arm pit and your elbow. The level and number of incisions depends on your individual needs.

Your surgeon may also combine liposuction with an arm lift to remove excess fat deposits. After the incisions have been made, your surgeon will remove the excess skin and use deep sutures to close the incisions and minimize post-surgical marks. After the procedure, a sterile dressing and a compression garment will be applied, and drains may be used if your surgeon deems it necessary.

The Recovery Period

An arm lift is usually an outpatient procedure, meaning that you’ll be able to go home after the surgery if you have someone to help take you. You will need at least two weeks to recover before returning to work. You will have to wear a tight fitting garment to support the area as well.

For the first week, you will need to avoid activities that increase your blood pressure and you cannot subject your incisions to excessive motion or force. You will also need to avoid heavy exercises for at least six weeks. Light walking is recommended in the first week and you should slowly increase the amount of walking after two weeks.

Contact Our Office

We are dedicated to providing each and every patient with top quality service and outstanding results. To learn more about the procedure, contact the Plastic Surgery Institute of Dayton to set up a consultation. During your consultation, we will address any questions you have and determine the best course of action for you.