Why Arm Lift?

The loss of elasticity that comes with aging skin and heredity factors can result in drooping and sagging skin of the arms. This can also be the result of significant weight loss following bariatric surgery. Fitness may strengthen and improve muscle tone of the upper arm, but it can't address excess skin that has lost elasticity and localized fat deposits.

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, may be right for you if the underside of your upper arms has developed sagging, droopy skin, or appears loose and full due to excess skin and fat. In general, arm lift surgery reduces excess skin and underlying fat from the underarm region to the elbow. In this way, it reshapes the arm to result in smoother skin and an overall better contour.

Arm Lift Candidates

Many people who seek surgery are relatively fit and are bothered by a condition that cannot be corrected through exercise alone.

Good candidates for an arm lift are:

  • adults of any age whose weight is relatively stable and who are not significantly overweight
  • healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • non-smokers
  • individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for what an arm lift can accomplish
  • individuals committed to leading a healthy lifestyle of proper nutrition and fitness

The Arm Lift Procedure

The procedure begins with an incision placed in the inside of the upper arm which may extend from the underarm to the elbow, or be more limited. Prior to surgery you will discuss incision length and pattern with Dr. Romy, depending on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed. If fat will be reduced during your arm lift, it will be excised or treated with liposuction. The underlying supportive tissues are tightened and reshaped with internal sutures. Overlying skin is then smoothed over the new contour of your arm, with excess skin reduced. It is important realize that the trade off to an improved body contour and image through an arm lift is a resulting scar on the inside portion of your upper arm.

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