As you get older, your skin loses collagen and elasticity. This can cause sagging skin on your arms, which can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. The good news is that there’s a solution! Arm lifts are a great way to restore the shape of your arms so that you can feel confident again.
In this blog post, we’ll go over everything you need to know about arm lifts from what they are, who they’re for, and how they work to what they cost and how long they last.
Let’s dive in.
What Is an Arm Lift?
An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper arm. It can be used to treat loose skin in the upper arms that occur after weight loss or aging.
The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and once you’re awake, you’ll be able to go home the same day. The entire process typically takes less than two hours.
A consultation with your surgeon will help you determine if an arm lift is right for you and answer any questions about cost, risks, or recovery time.
Who Should Get an Arm Lift?
Getting an arm lift will help make you feel better about yourself and your body. If you’re tired of having excess skin or fat on your arms, this is the right time to schedule your arm lift.
Arm lifts are performed on both men and women who want to reduce the appearance of loose skin under the arms. The procedure involves removing excess skin and fat from under the arms and tightening the underlying muscles.
If you are considering getting an arm lift, there are some important factors to consider before scheduling your procedure:
- Are you healthy enough for surgery?
- Do you have realistic expectations about how much weight can be lost during this procedure?
- Are you experiencing physical discomfort and want to improve the appearance of your arms?
- Are you self-conscious about your arms, whether due to excess skin or fat deposits?
What Does the Procedure Involve?
The procedure involves four steps: anesthesia, the incision, closing the incisions, and finally seeing the results.
Step 1 – Anesthesia
The first step is to get the patient anesthetized. This is done through the use of intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the doctor’s preference and the patient’s wishes.
Step 2- The Incision
An incision will be made on either side of your armpit and then extended to remove excess skin, fat, and tissue from under the arm (the upper and lower portions).
Step 3 – Closing the Incisions
Your surgeon will close your incisions with stitches that dissolve over time. Some surgeons may also use surgical tape instead of stitches for closure in some cases.
Step 4 -See the Results!
You should see immediate results from your arm lift procedure and within weeks see even more progress!
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Brachioplasty?
A brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift, is a surgical procedure that reduces excess skin and fat in the upper arms. It can also be used to tighten the skin of the upper arms.
How Long Does an Arm Lift Take to Recover?
Recovery time varies based on the extent of the procedure. Most patients can return to work within two weeks after their procedure, but you might want to wait until you feel fully recovered before resuming strenuous activities like lifting heavy objects or exercising vigorously.
How Much Does an Arm Lift Cost?
The cost of arm lift surgery varies depending on the complexity of the procedure and where you live. However, if you are considering a lift, we recommend having a consultation so that we can discuss your options and find out whether or not this procedure is right for you.
What Are the Side Effects of an Arm Lift?
There are a few possible side effects that you may experience after your arm lift, including:
- Bruising or discoloration of the skin around the incisions
- Numbness in the skin around the incisions
- Swelling at the surgical sites lasting up to 2 weeks
- Infection at either of your incisions
- Blood clots can travel to your lungs causing serious breathing problems
What Is the Best Way to Prepare for an Arm Lift?
The best way to prepare for an arm lift is by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and drinking plenty of water. You should also try to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol in the week leading up to your surgery. This will help your body recover faster afterward.
Who Should Get an Arm Lift?
Anyone who feels self-conscious about their upper arms can benefit from an arm lift. If you feel like your arms are too saggy, too loose, or too jiggly when you move them around—or if you’re tired of constantly wearing long sleeves to cover up how they look—it’s probably time for an arm lift!