An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure in which excess skin and fat is removed from the upper arm area. The upper arms can be particularly prone to excess sagging and drooping that cannot be corrected with diet and exercise. This condition of the arms is commonly referred to as "bat wings." At the Centre for Plastic Surgery in Grand Rapids, MI, our board-certified plastic surgeons are prepared to help you discover if an arm lift is the right procedure for you. They will walk you through the details of the procedure, show examples of completed brachioplasty surgeries, and establish realistic expectations.
Patients who have dramatic fluctuations in their weight, or significant changes in the shape of their arms due to heredity may want to consider an arm lift. It is not uncommon for this part of the body to be prone to fatty deposits and sagging skin that is particularly resistant to diet and exercise. An arm lift is like an arm sculpting surgery and can create a more toned and proportionate looking upper arm.
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will advise you on all the components of an arm lift procedure. For some patients, only one surgery is required to achieve the look they desire. For others, an arm lift is completed in stages for best results.
Your arm lift (brachioplasty) will be performed in our relaxing, private, fully accredited surgical facility. You will be made comfortable with anesthesia administered by one of our board-certified anesthesiologists. Incisions are generally made in the area that extends from the underarm to just above the elbow, so your arm lift scar is hidden. The excess skin and fat will be removed, and the underlying tissues will be tightened. Liposuction is sometimes used in combination to remove additional arm fat, giving the arms a more toned and sculpted look. A garment will be placed on your body to reduce swelling and aid in healing.
Immediately following your arm lift, you will feel very sleepy from the anesthesia. You will need a responsible caretaker to accompany you to the office during surgery and stay with you for at least the first 48 hours. Your arms will be quite sore, and it's likely that you will need help completing basic tasks for the first week. You will also need to keep your arms and head elevated above your heart for the first few days, and refrain from lifting more than 5 lbs.
Most patients begin to notice an improvement in discomfort after the first week of healing from arm lift surgery. It is common to experience intermittent swelling, numbness, and tingling for several weeks. Your scars will be quite noticeable for several months but improve over time. Most patients begin to see their final results 6-12 months after surgery.
The best candidates for arm lift (brachioplasty) surgery are healthy, non-smoking adults who are maintaining a stable weight. These candidates have excess skin and fat in the upper arm area that has not improved with exercise. It's important that those who wish to undergo this procedure have realistic expectations. They understand that each patient is different and that this surgery may result in visible scars and may require more than one procedure for an optimal outcome.
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