An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that gives you shapely, beautiful upper arms. With age and weight loss, the skin on your upper arms starts to sag, and you may also develop fatty deposits that give your arms a lumpy or bumpy appearance. An arm lift improves the shape of your upper arm by removing excess skin and fat, making your arms look more toned.
Is an Arm Lift Right for Me?
You should consider a few factors before you decide to have an arm lift. The most significant is the size of the scar which will be located on the underside of your upper arm and extend from your elbow to your armpit. You also need to be at a healthy weight for your body type, as an arm lift is not intended as a weight loss solution. Lastly, if you have lost a large amount of weight you may have loose skin on your upper arms, known as “bat wings,” that is caused by your skin being stretched and loss of elasticity. An arm lift can be beneficial to improving your self-confidence and feeling better about your weight loss success.
Before & After Photos
Dr. Gupta makes an incision on the underside of your upper arm from your elbow to your armpit. Since you naturally hold your arms at your side, this placement offers the least amount of scar visibility, but when you lift your arm; your scar will be visible. Excess skin and fat are removed from your upper arm, and Dr. Gupta may use liposuction to refine the results. For most patients, the procedure takes about two to four hours.
Recovery Time After an Arm Lift Procedure
You may have some swelling and bruising after your arm lift, but you can see the results of the procedure right away. For the first 10 to 14 days, you will need to restrict your activity and follow Dr. Gupta’s post-surgical instructions. Full healing takes about four to six weeks, and the incisions from your arm lift may take up to one year to fully heal. Your scar may appear dark at first, but with time, the scar will lighten.