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Arm Lift: What to Know

Sagging, inelastic skin on the arms is common but undesirable for those who deal with it. The skin on the upper part of the arms is some of the hardest to tone up, no matter how much exercise you do. With major weight loss, aging, or simply genetics this skin becomes loose and can hang down like a batwing. If this sounds like your arms, no worries, Dr. Erella can help to tone up the arms with an arm lift at Aspira Plastic Surgery.

What is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift, medically referred to as a Brachioplasty, is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes excess skin and fat in the arms. During the surgery, Dr. Erella will remove excess skin and fat, along with tightening and smoothing out the skin so that the arm looks more toned and defined. Patients love this surgery because they are finally able to feel confident in clothes like tank tops and short sleeves without worrying about their arms.

What is an Extended Arm Lift or Brachioplasty?

In a regular arm lift, the incision will end in the armpit area. With an extended arm lift, the incision will be extended along the lateral side of the chest, where excess skin in the lateral chest will be removed to tighten the area further. This is an option that is mostly used for post-bariatric patients who have undergone massive weight loss.

To prepare for an arm lift, it is important to find out if you are a good candidate.

Are You a Good Candidate for an Arm Lift?

To make sure you can safely undergo the arm lift procedure, there a few requirements that you should meet. You should be in good general health, with no underlying health conditions. If you feel that you need to lose weight you should be at or near your ideal weight before surgery. Additionally, if you smoke, you will need to quit before surgery as smoking can cause complications. One of the common smoking-related complications is slow wound healing which increases the possibility of wound breakdown & infection.

What is the Procedure and Recovery Like?

Depending on how much loose skin you have on the arms, the incision type will vary. On the day of your surgery, you will be given general anesthesia to make you comfortable. The surgery is outpatient so you will be able to return home the same day with someone to drive you. An incision will be made on the inside of your arm so it will be less visible. Through this incision, Dr. Erella will remove excess skin and fat while tightening up and repositioning the tissues for an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Afterward, the incisions will be closed, and you will be sent home to start recovery.

A compression garment may be worn after your surgery to help your tissues heal properly. Dr. Erella will provide you with a list of instructions to follow during the recovery period. It is important to avoid strenuous activities, lifting, and moving your arms while healing. During the first week, movements will be limited. After that, you should be able to return to gradual work and resume some light activities. Within three weeks you should be back to your normal activity level.

Schedule a Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. Erella, he will examine your arms, go over your health history, and learn about your goals and lifestyle to see if this is a good treatment option for you. If you would like to learn more about the arm lift and extended arm lift, please contact Aspira Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Erella.

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