Natural aging, significant weight loss, and lifestyle choices can lead to displeasing skin laxity in the upper arms. Exercise and weight lifting can help tone the underlying musculature of the arms, but loose skin is likely to remain, making it difficult to wear sleeveless tops without feeling uncomfortable. Brachioplasty or arm lift surgery restores youthful contours to the upper arms by removing excess tissue, resulting in a fitter look and feel. Dr. Matt Goldschmidt utilizes the latest surgical techniques to perform arm lift surgery in the Cleveland, Ohio area, vastly improving the appearance of his patients’ arms and revitalizing their self-confidence.
Ideal candidates for arm lift surgery must be in good overall health and have realistic expectations of the procedure. Patients who are seeking cosmetic surgical enhancement are also advised to quit using nicotine containing products for four weeks before and after their scheduled surgery. Arm lift surgery can help minimize or eliminate the following upper arm concerns:
- Sagging skin
- Unwanted fat
- Obscured contours
Arm Lift Options
Arm lift surgery can be performed using several different techniques, depending on the extent of correction required and the desired outcome. Some arm lift options include:
- Removes unwanted fat using suction technology and a thin, hollow instrument (cannula)
- Helps complement the natural contours of the arms and surrounding areas
- Ideal for patients with both excess fat and skin laxity
- Utilizes ultrasonic technology to help break up fat cells for easier removal
- Can be performed on the arms as well as the surrounding areas
- Ideal for younger patients with minimal excess skin
Standard Arm Lift
- An incision is created from the armpit to the elbow
- Excess skin and fat can be removed via excision
- Remaining tissues are tightened for an improved appearance
Extended Arm Lift
- An extended incision is created from the elbow to the armpit and down the side of the chest.
- Corrects skin laxity and removes fat from the upper arms as well as under the arms
- Ideal for patients who have experienced dramatic weight loss
Arm lift surgery is an outpatient procedure that is typically performed using general anesthesia. Surgery usually lasts one to three hours, depending on the techniques used and desired extent of correction. Dr. Goldschmidt will assess your unique condition during a personal consultation and develop a customized surgical plan that reflects your needs.
Patients experience the peak of their discomfort during the first two days of recovery, but pain can be managed with oral medication. Residual swelling and bruising may persist for two weeks or longer. Strenuous activity and exercise must be limited for several weeks. However, most patients can return to work one or two weeks after surgery as long as the job does not involve heavy lifting.
Patients should notice an improvement in the appearance of their upper arms shortly following arm lift surgery. Swelling and bruising may mask some of the newly formed contours, but the results will be more apparent in six to eight weeks when these side effects subside. Dr. Goldschmidt is careful to place all arm lift incisions in discreet locations, but there is always a risk of developing some visible scarring. Fortunately, most scars are likely to fade over time.
It is rare to experience complications following arm lift surgery, and the risk can be dramatically reduced by following all postoperative instructions. Some of the potential complications associated with arm lift surgery may include:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Changes in sensation