An arm lift can be performed to tuck and tighten unattractive upper arms. This procedure helps people who have sagging skin that hangs from the upper arms. It also reduces the size and thickness of the upper arm so clothes fit more comfortably. A new arm contour improves your appearance and allows you to hold your arms up with confidence.
The ideal candidate for an arm lift is a person who has excessive, loose skin on the upper arms that hangs unattractively and is resistant to diet and exercise. The procedure can also reduce the size of the arms by reducing fat volume in addition to the abundance of skin. A consultation with Dr. Vath or Dr. Wolfe at the Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Golden, Colorado can best determine the appropriateness of the procedure for you.
Liposuction works wonderfully for removing fat from the upper arms. As long as the skin is not excessive and has reasonable elasticity, your arms will tolerate fat removal without skin excision.
First, power-assisted liposuction is performed to reduce the fat content of the upper arm and take tension away from the tuck by lessening the weight of the arms. This is followed by a direct excision of excess skin and underlying fat. Finally, the tissues are sewn together so that the arm is tucked and tightened.
In most situations, an arm tuck requires an incision along the inside of the upper arm extending from the arm pit down towards the elbow. Every effort is made to keep the incision a short as possible and not extend it all the way to the elbow. Nonetheless, this leaves a scar on the inside of the upper arm which may be visible when wearing a short sleeve shirt. Some patients with a significant excess of upper arm skin find this trade-off quite acceptable.
After a brachioplasty, an elastic compression garment is worn for 2 weeks at all times, followed by another 2 weeks while active. Generally, discontinuation of pain medication is possible after 2-3 days and return to non-strenuous work at one week. Unrestricted arm use may begin at 6 weeks.
The preferred method of achieving adequate pain control and sedation is general anesthesia. In healthy patients, general anesthesia is very safe with low complication rates. You will be entirely asleep for the duration of the procedure and awaken in recovery room. Anesthesia is delivered by a Board-Certified anesthesiologist who cares for you before, during, and after surgery ensuring a comfortable and safe experience.