An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, removes excess hanging skin from the underarm and reshapes the under portion of the upper arm – from the armpit area to the elbow. By addressing excess skin that has lost elasticity or underlying weakened tissues and localized fat deposits, an arm lift can enhance and reshape your arms offering a more toned appearance.
If the underside of your upper arms are sagging or appear loose and full due to excess skin, this procedure may be right for you. Thin people may also have sagging upper arms due to the effects of prior weight loss, aging and genetics. Even regular exercise and strength training cannot get rid of excess sagging skin in this area; exercise can tone and tighten muscles but can not tighten skin.
The incision is placed from the underarms to the inner face of the arm toward the elbow. Excess flabby skin is excised, then sutured on anatomical layers, placing a suture toward the inner face of the arm; drain tubes are placed for a few days.
Postoperative, elastic garment sites will be used in the arms (“elastic sleeve”) and an elevated position is recommended for the relief of upper limb edema and a faster recovery of bruises.
Patients can return to work and light activities in 10-14 days.