Arm lift surgery or brachioplasty is used to remove hanging skin from the upper arm. Patients may develop hanging skin after major weight loss or with aging. Unfortunately, diet and exercise alone often may not tone this problem area. Patients with hanging arm skin are often uncomfortable wearing sleeveless clothes or bathing suits. This procedure will improve the shape and contour of the upper arm, giving you the confidence to show your toned arms.
Who is a candidate for arm lift surgery?
Patients with a healthy weight and hanging upper arm skin.
An arm lift surgery will create an improved contour of the upper arm, scars are designed to be concealed in the underarm or inside of the arm.
Arm lift surgery is performed in the operating room under heavy sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure takes about two to three hours. If necessary, liposuction will be performed first to thin excess fat from under the skin. An incision is made to remove the skin from under the arm to create a tighter and more toned appearing upper arm. The incision placement will depend on the degree of skin laxity. Moderate amount of skin laxity may require only an incision along the underarm crease. Greater skin laxity may require an incision concealed in the underside of the upper arm, starting from the underarm to just above the elbow. The excess skin is then removed and the arm skin is tightened and contoured. In some cases, a small drain is placed to collect fluid. Absorbable sutures are placed too close the incision. A light dressing is applied and a special garment is worn to reduce swelling. Patients are free to go home the same day.
Patients typically experience pain, swelling, and bruising and occasional numbness. Patients usually require about one week free from work. Drains are typically removed after 1-3 weeks. Patients will need to avoid heavy exercise for about four to six weeks. Compression garments are worn for 4-6 weeks. Swelling will take several months to completely resolve.
Arm lift surgery costs from $5,000-$6,000 depending on the type of procedure. A consultation with Dr. Carpin is needed to obtain a quote for surgery.
Arm lift surgery is a safe procedure, although risks may include contour irregularity, numbness, or fluid collections requiring drainage. Additional risks will be discussed during your surgical consultation.