Why an arm lift?
Weight fluctuations, aging and heredity can cause upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. Exercise can produce limited improvements, but can’t address fat deposits or sagging skin.
Many women choose an arm lift (brachioplasty) to:
- Reduce excess skin and fat between the underarm and elbow
- Reshape the arms for smoother skin and better contours
- Enjoy a more toned and proportionate appearance
Is it right for you?
As with any surgery, you should have realistic expectations, and we will help you understand those at your consultation appointment.
An ideal arm lift candidate:
- Is physically healthy and is a nonsmoker
- Has significant upper-arm skin laxity
- Has relatively stable weight
- Isn’t significantly overweight
Note that you will have a scar on the inside of your upper arm.
Preparing for your consultation
Arm lift surgery is an important investment in your health and well being. Become well-informed before you make a final decision. During your consultation, we will discuss:
- Why you want surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
- Your health status, including any previous surgeries
- Your family health history
- Your risk factors
- Potential complications of surgery
Make sure you bring a list of your own questions and concerns. Please feel free to bring a supportive friend to help you listen or take notes.
Preparing for surgery
Once you have completed your consultation and decided arm lift surgery is right for you, it’s time to prepare for surgery day. We might ask you to:
- Have lab tests and/or a medical evaluation
- Stop, start or adjust certain medicines and supplements
- Stop smoking
We will also give you instructions on what to do the day before and morning of surgery, and instructions for self-care after surgery. You will need to arrange for a ride home on surgery day. Also, make sure someone stays with you at least the first night following surgery
What to expect after surgery
After a recovery period of up to 48 hours, you should take it easy for a few days. Avoid excessive motion or abrasion in the arm area. Expect soreness and swelling for a time.
We will give you complete written instructions for a safe and comfortable recovery. Instructions will include:
- When you can resume exercise, work and other activities
- How to care for any bandages, wraps or stitches
- Recommendations for pain medicines
- Symptoms to watch for
- How to care for your scars
- When to schedule your follow-up appointments
The results of arm lift surgery will be long lasting, provided you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.