Have you ever wanted to wear a slinky black dress to a great cocktail party or a muscle shirt to the beach? Everyone has at one time or another. But, sagging upper arms keep many people in sweaters and long sleeves. If you are looking to improve your looks and get into that dress or into that tank top, an upper arm lift also known as a brachioplasty, may be right for you. Candidates for an upper arm lift include individuals that have recently lost a lot of weight or have lost skin elasticity due to age.
The procedure itself is fairly straightforward and the incisions are made under the arm from the elbow to armpit. This location is ideal for a brachioplasty because scarring is minimal and less likely to be noticed. The surgeon then simply removes excess skin and fat. In order to enhance the arm’s contours, liposuction may be performed in conjunction with the brachioplasty. The arm lift is usually performed on an outpatient basis, and lasts anywhere from two to four hours.
During the post operative recovery period, you will likely experience a fair amount of bruising, swelling, and numbness. These are normal and will improve with time and the proper care. The pronounced scars that remain following the brachioplasty procedure will likely fade over time with the help of topical antibiotic creams and ointments.
While rare, some complications may present after surgery and include bleeding, infection, fluid collection, and numbness in the inner arm. The initial recovery from the upper arm lift surgery may take up to two weeks days, with complete recovery within six weeks. The incision sites can take up to a year to fully heal and the final results depend largely on age and other factors. The results can also be very long lasting and are greatly enhanced by a sensible diet and exercise program. Brachioplasty surgeries, or upper arm lifts, can make you look and feel better about wearing those great clothes you have always wanted to get into.