An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove loose skin and excess fat deposits in the upper arm. With age, upper arm skin can become loose and flabby, and can be unattractive in short sleeves or sleeveless garments.
Weight loss will contribute significantly to loss of tone in the skin of the upper arm. After major weight loss, patients typically benefit from brachioplasty. Weight loss leads to the deflation of previous fatty areas and when the weight loss is extreme loose skin of the arms can be the result. In extreme cases a “bat wing” deformity can result in which loose flaps of skin hang down noticeably.
Liposuction may be used in conjunction with an arm lift to achieve maximum results. In younger patients or in patients who have only minimal laxity, liposuction alone may solve the problem of thick arms.
Like any operation, brachioplasty is a trade-off. Loose skin is tightened on the arm but scars do result. The incision for brachioplasty procedure lies on the inside aspect of the arm, from the armpit to the elbow.
The procedure takes Dr. Yadegar about 3 hours. There is mild to moderate discomfort with swelling improving after 14 days. Compression bandages around the arms are worn for about 3 weeks. Patients can resume work after one week depending on type of work. Exercise can begin after 2 weeks.