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Arm Lift

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that targets sagging or loose skin in the upper arms, often referred to as “bat wings.” This transformative surgery reshapes and contours the arms, resulting in a firmer and more toned appearance. By removing excess skin and fat, an arm lift can significantly improve the arm’s contour and tighten the underlying tissues. This procedure offers individuals the opportunity to regain confidence, wear sleeveless clothing, and enjoy a more youthful-looking arm silhouette.


What is an arm lift?

An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to remove excess skin and fat from the upper arms. It is typically performed to address sagging or loose skin in the upper arm area, commonly referred to as “bat wings.” Arm lift surgery helps create a more toned and proportionate appearance of the arms.

Who is a suitable candidate for an arm lift?

Suitable candidates for an arm lift are individuals who have excess skin and fat in the upper arm area that does not improve with diet and exercise. Good overall health, stable weight, and realistic expectations are important factors. A consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon is necessary to evaluate your specific concerns and determine if an arm lift is the appropriate procedure for you.

How is an arm lift performed?

An arm lift is typically performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes incisions on the inner side of the arms, and the length and pattern of the incisions depend on the amount of excess skin and the specific technique used. Excess skin and fat are then removed, and the remaining skin is lifted and tightened. In some cases, liposuction may be combined with an arm lift to remove excess fat and enhance the contour of the arms. The incisions are then closed with sutures.

What is the recovery process like after an arm lift?

The recovery process after an arm lift can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and individual factors. Initially, there may be swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication and proper rest. Compression garments may be recommended to support the arms during the healing process and minimize swelling. Most individuals can return to work and light activities within a few weeks, but it may take several weeks to fully recover and see the final results. Strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.

Are there any risks or potential complications associated with an arm lift?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications associated with an arm lift. These can include infection, bleeding, adverse reactions to anesthesia, scarring, changes in sensation, asymmetry, fluid accumulation, delayed wound healing, and dissatisfaction with the results. It’s important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon experienced in performing arm lifts and discuss potential risks and complications with them. Following their pre- and post-operative instructions carefully can help minimize risks and achieve optimal results.

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