Arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure to reshape and improve contour of the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow.
Anesthesia type: General
Facility type: Outpatient surgical center
Recovery time: One week of mild downtime. Typically able to drive and return to work 5-7 days post surgery. Approximately one month total recovery.
What to expect during recovery: Swelling, bruising, mild to moderate discomfort, limited mobility of the arms for up to a month, redness and/or itching of the incisions. Will likely be advised to wear a compression garment to help with the healing process.
Deciding to have arm lift surgery –
If you are considering an arm lift, review the information provided in this section so you are informed about the procedure and what to expect, followed by calling our office for a private consultation with Dr. Hurvitz at his Long Beach, CA. office. During your visit, let Dr. Hurvitz know what your goals and expectations are from arm lift surgery. This will help him understand your motives and expected outcome, as well as determine if your expectations are realistic. Dr. Hurvitz will review your medical history and evaluate your arms to determine if you are a candidate for surgery. If so, he will explain the details of the procedure, recovery, and risks associated with arm lift surgery. His staff will provide you with a detailed surgery quote outlining the cost.
About brachioplasty (arm lift) –
Arm lift surgery is an effective way of reshaping the under arm by removing excess skin and fat. Some people refer to flappy arms as “bat wings.” Heavy, sagging upper arms can be embarrassing and will often times cause individuals to wear clothing that will hide their arms.
Arm lift surgery will reduce excess sagging skin that hangs downward, tighten and smooth the upper arm for improved definition and shape, and reduce excess fat.
Fluctuations in weight, aging, and heredity can cause your upper arms to have a drooping, sagging appearance. This is a condition that cannot be corrected through exercise.
The surgery requires an incision along the under side of the upper arm. The length of the incision is determined by the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. More severe cases will require an incision from the under arm to just above the elbow. The scar will improve over time, but it’s important to understand it will always be visible to some degree. For those with severe droopy arms the trade off is worth it, however for those with mild to moderate sag, this is something that needs to be seriously considered before moving forward with arm lift surgery.
Take a look at this arm lift diagram outlining the incision types and improvement of the arms resulting from surgery.