Achieve a Toned Arm with Brachioplasty
Excess upper arm skin from significant weight loss or aging can be a source of concern for many men and women. Some even refuse to wear short sleeve garments or become self-conscious on waving or raising their arms.
What is an Arm Lift?
Arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is specifically designed to remove excess skin from the upper arm to improve contour and shape, revealing underlying muscle tone and form. If you think your arms need improvement, contact our San Diego office for a consultation at Marin Aesthetics.
Ideal Candidates for Arm Lift
After sticking with a strict exercise routine to lose weight, you may find that you still have something to work on – your new, loose, “bat wing” underarm skin. This is a problem that cannot be solved through mere exercise. You may regain firmness in your arms through an arm lift. The best candidates for the procedure ar non-smokers and should have the following:
- Excess underarm skin due to weight loss
- Upper arm skin laxity due to aging
- Relatively stable weight
- Healthy body with no serious medical conditions
- Realistic expectations about the procedure
Types of Arm Lift Techniques
There are several different arm lift approaches, suited for a variety of problems patients demonstrate during a consultation.
Liposuction alone can be used to help contour and shape the upper arm if the main issue is unwanted fatty tissue and not excess skin. This approach has the least amount of scarring and has the mildest recovery.
Mini Arm Lift
If the excess skin is mild in severity, patients are candidates for a mini arm lift where the scarring is limited to the armpit alone. This technique can be combined with liposuction where patients can correct both mild excesses of skin and fatty tissue in the arm.
Standard Arm Lift
As the degree of skin excess becomes more significant, the scar must extend further down the arm toward the elbow. This allows our surgeon to remove the redundant skin and fatty tissue beneath improving the shape and contour of the upper arm. This is the traditional arm lift.
Extended Arm Lift
In more severe cases, excess skin can extend beyond the elbow onto the forearm. Thus, the scarring will need to extend further down the arm and cross the elbow. Often, we have to make a small zigzag to prevent limitations at the elbow, but the most dramatic changes on the upper arm result from an extended arm lift procedure.
WHAT TO EXPECT FOR YOUR ARM LIFT
2 hours (depending upon the extent of the procedure)
Pain, bleeding, infection, fluid collections, wound healing problems, blood clots
2 – 3 months
Back to work: 1 – 2 weeks
More strenous activity: 4 – 6 weeks
DURATION OF RESULTS
Temporary swelling, bruising and mild pain.
Undergoing Arm Lift Surgery
A typical arm lift takes about 2 hours, depending on the procedure. Based on Dr. Marin and the anesthesiologist’s recommendation, you will be put either under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation.
During your arm lift, Dr. Marin will first mark your elbows, arms, and armpits. These incision lines will be based on the type of arm lift you chose.
The incisions will then be made and completely concealed within the armpits that can be extended towards the inside of the arms in the most unassuming locations. If your surgery includes liposuction, this is also when the excess fat will be removed.
Once the incisions are made, Dr. Marin will remove the excess skin and tissues. The incisions will then be brought together for firmer arms. Your skin will also be smoothened to shape the new contour of your arms.
To finish the procedure, your incisions will be closed by dissolvable sutures that will be absorbed by your body later on. Marin Aesthetics will also provide a compression garment to minimize swelling and bruising.
After Your Arm Lift
Following your surgery, you will have surgical drains placed in your arms. These drains will help remove excess blood and fluid that may accumulate. Sterile dressings will also be applied to your incisions. Most likely, your arms will be wrapped from your wrist to your armpit for the next three days with the dressings. After surgery, patients will have to wear compressive, sleeved garments for up to six weeks.
You may either stay within the facility of Marin Aesthetics or go home as per Dr. Marin’s recommendation. Should Dr. Marin allow you to go home during the same day, you need to have someone escort you for the drive home. It’s also best to have a person accompany you for the next two days.
Recovery and Scarring
Depending upon the extent of the surgery, more aggressive approaches may require the use of a drain for several days. Sutures are absorbable so there is no need for suture removal. Our arm lift patients will be able to use their arms immediately after surgery, but we will limit activity and the amount of raising your arms immediately following the procedure.
Our arm lift patients must understand that scarring is the trade-off with any arm lift surgery. Most likely, it is the biggest concern of the patient with the procedure. The length of the incision is directly based on how much skin excess is present and what is required to fully correct the upper arm. With the numerous arm lifts done by Marin Aesthetics, Dr. Marin observed that although every patient is concerned with a scar before surgery, no one wants a partial correction of their problem to save on scar length. For every surgery, Dr. Marin makes every effort to limit the scarring, but not at the expense of getting the best possible result.
Your New Look With Arm Lift
The arm is one of the most important parts of our body because it functions in almost every task we perform daily. As we age or lose significant weight, we may encounter loose skin under the arms. With an arm lift, you will finally get rid of sagging skin under the arms. It restores the firmness and beauty of your arms, making it slimmer for increased mobility.
The results of brachioplasty last for many years as long as you maintain a stable body weight and a healthy diet. As you age, your arm will still continue to lax, but only at a lesser extent.
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To learn more, you can schedule an appointment online or you can call 858-638-9800