Different factors can contribute to “wings” of skin and fat that collect underneath the upper arms. These fat deposits can be resistant to diet and exercise, despite an otherwise healthy figure. Weight fluctuations, aging, or genetics can all contribute to excess skin and fat, or loose muscles, but an arm lift can restore a tight and contoured upper arm.
What is an Arm Lift?
A Brachioplasty, commonly called an arm lift, can remove excess fat and skin, as well as tighten weakened upper arm muscles with sutures. It uses a number of customizable incisions that depend on the nature of the fat and skin removal, and Dr. Richardson can determine which one is best for you.
Who should consider an Arm Lift?
Candidates for an arm lift are those at a healthy, stable weight who still struggle with saggy arms that are unable to be fixed through diet and exercise. Individuals with especially lax skin around the upper arm can find the best results with an arm lift, which can tighten and restore the upper arm’s contour.
What is an Arm Lift procedure like?
A number of different incisions are available:
- An Inner Arm Incision follows the contour between the bicep and triceps muscles.
- A Back of Arm Incision is located directly underneath the upper arm.
- A Minimal Incision follows the curve of the armpit.
Each of these incisions can be combined with liposuction to remove fat. Depending on the severity of the procedure, the Inner and Back of Arm incisions may extend from the armpit area to just above the elbow. Once the incision is made, the underlying muscle and tissue are tightened and restructured to create a new contour, and the skin is replaced after any excess is trimmed away.
Results and Recovery
Immediately after the procedure, some swelling and bruising will be apparent, and any pain can be managed by prescribed medications. Bandages and compression garments may be given in order to keep swelling to a minimum, and drains may be placed under the skin to aid any fluid buildup. Results will be semi-permanent, given that a stable weight is maintained. This procedure cannot stop the natural process of aging, and some continued sag may occur over time. Be sure to follow any instructions given by your surgeon to ensure you get the best results over the course of your recovery.
If you are tired of feeling self-conscious about fat and skin carried in your upper arms, contact our office to schedule a consultation and discuss your arm lift procedure with Dr. Richardson.