What is an arm lift?
A frustrating side effect when getting older or losing weight is gaining loose skin. At Plastic Surgery Vegas, we offer arm lift surgery (also known as brachioplasty) as a correction for people who cannot seem to tone or tighten the arm with exercise and diet. Excess skin from the elbow to the upper arm is very common, especially for people who are advancing in age or have lost weight. Arm lift surgery excises this excess skin, commonly called "bat wings." Our plastic surgery team in Las Vegas, NV is very skilled in skin tightening and fat removal surgical techniques. If you would like to hear more about how brachioplasty can correct the contour of your arms, please call and schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgery Vegas.
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Candidates for arm lift
An arm lift is an aesthetic surgery using innovative methods to contour and eliminate excess skin. If you avoid sleeveless clothes because of your "bat wings" and want them to look trim and taut again, you are an ideal candidate for this procedure. You should be in good overall health so that the skin will recover well. Some of the top concerns for patients who want an arm lift are loose, excess skin on their upper arms, plus lost tightness of the skin. It is crucial that you are at or near your goal weight before your procedure.
In most cases, your upper arm lift surgery will take place in an outpatient facility, except in cases where multiple plastic surgeries are being performed at one time. An arm lift can be combined with other surgeries (usually performed in an inpatient setting for monitoring), like tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, and thigh lifts. Arm lift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and may require a few hours to complete. The sagging skin will be surgically removed, starting at the elbow all the way up to the armpit. The incision will be placed as inconspicuously as possible, although it will leave a visible scar. In cases where liposuction is needed to remove stubborn fat, this can be performed as well. After the skin is pulled taut, it will be sutured in place. You will need to keep the incisions clean, bandaged, and in compression garments.
recovery after Arm lift
Your recovery period may take an estimated two weeks with lots of arm elevation and rest. Permit your body time to heal. You use your arms for almost everything so patients are encouraged to ease their way back into their normal routines. An appointment to remove sutures will be scheduled approximately ten days after surgery. Compression garments should be worn until you receive permission from our office. For at least one month, all strenuous activity should be avoided, except for taking short walks. If you notice uncontrolled bleeding, excessive swelling, hematoma (fluid buildup), infection, loss of feeling in the hands or arms, or heavy scarring, please contact Plastic Surgery Vegas for answers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I combine an arm lift with other surgeries?
It is common for patients who want an arm lift to combine this surgery with another procedure. This is often known as an upper body lift and can combine liposuction, a breast lift, or tummy tuck. An arm lift is also frequently performed as part of an after weight loss surgery for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and need full body contouring. During your initial consultation, other surgeries can be discussed so your custom treatment plan can be developed.
Will there be scars?
An arm lift requires incisions in order to excise loose skin, which leads to scarring from stitches. However, we make every effort to ensure that your incisions are small and placed in inconspicuous areas. After your arm lift, creams that help with healing will be recommended along with other tips for minimizing scarring. We also suggest you limit UV exposure during the first year to protect the scar from becoming discolored. In general, patients believe the overall benefits of an arm lift are worth the minimal scars created.
What results can I expect from an arm lift?
A surgical arm lift is done to remove hanging skin and small amounts of fat. You should maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise to avoid a dramatic change in your weight, which may compromise your surgical results. Following your lift, as soon as you are fully healed and we have given permission, you may begin strength training. This is a great way to add shape to your arms by building the muscles.
Are there nonsurgical treatments to improve my arms?
While there are several great nonsurgical skin tightening procedures, most can only give you mild improvements. To remove moderate to severe skin laxity, an arm lift is your best choice. Along with removing loose skin, we also liposuction small amounts of fat and smooth the tissue and remaining skin. If you are interested in learning about nonsurgical procedures, we can tell you about these in your consultation and then help you choose which fits your goals.
Get Back Your Shape
Whatever you call your "bat wings" or droopy skin under your arms, we consider it an opportunity to change your appearance with plastic surgery. This innovative procedure offers physical and emotional benefits as well. If you're at or close to a healthy weight but still cannot lose the flab and skin that hang off your arms, please call to schedule a consultation with our skilled team at Plastic Surgery Vegas in Las Vegas, NV. Look and feel younger and fitter with upper arm lift surgery.