As women age, the skin underneath the arms starts to droop and become loose. Many women find this to be incredibly frustrating despite their stringent workout routine and carefully tailored diet. Unfortunately, this isn’t avoidable because it’s part of normal aging, but it is correctable with a brachioplasty (or arm lift).
What is an Arm Lift?
An arm lift surgery removes extra skin, tightens the underlying supportive tissues that give the upper arm its definition, and removes pockets of fat in the upper arms. The procedure is a good option if the undersides of the upper arms are sagging, loose, or full because of excess fat and skin.
How the Surgery Works
The incision is made on the inside of the arm or along the back of it, but this depends on the surgeon’s preference and how much skin/fat is being removed. Any extra fat is cut out or removed with liposuction. If there isn’t a lot of skin to be removed or tightened, the incision will likely be smaller. Supportive tissue beneath the skin is tightened and reshaped with sutures before the skin is draped over the new contours of the arm.
After the surgery, the arms are bandaged to help reduce swelling. When patients are able to return to their normal activities depends on the size of the incisions and each patient’s personal recovery. Typically, most patients may take about two weeks off of work.
In terms of risks associated specifically with the surgery itself, there could be changes in skin sensation (numbness), fluid accumulation, discomfort at the incision sites. Patients are given a full list of risks and possible complications before and after their surgery, so anything unusual should be brought up to the surgeon for further evaluation.
Schedule a Consultation
Loose skin and excess fat underneath the arms make tank top season uncomfortable. While it’s a surgery that requires a decent recovery, the vast majority of patients are extremely satisfied with the results of their arm lift surgery. Contact Southeastern Dermatology today to schedule a consultation.