If you think you have flabby, saggy arms, you are not alone. Many people, regardless of age or gender, have excess fat and skin in the under portion of their upper arm – from their underarms to their elbows.

The excess fat and skin in this area  can really affect your appearance, often times making you look chubbier than you actually are. Not only this, if your arms are not proportionate to the rest of your body, it can really impact your overall look negatively.

You may have tried exercise and a strict diet as well as other methods to get rid of your flabby arms. But usually, these do not produce the desired results. This is because even though exercise may be able to improve your muscle tone, it cannot do anything about the loss of elasticity in your skin. Fortunately, with an arm lift, you can effortlessly get toned and tightened arms.

What Is An Arm Lift?

Commonly referred to as brachioplasty in the medical world, an arm lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure meant to remove excess fat and skin tissues from the under portion of the upper arms to improve their appearance. The method involves the removal of excess skin and fat tissues from the area between the underarms and the elbow of the patient.

First, the surgeon will make incisions on the undersides of the arms, through which the underlying tissues will be tightened and secured using stitches. The length and pattern of these incisions depend on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. Sometimes, depending on the conditions and goals of the individual, liposuction may also be used to remove the excess fat.

Your skin is then draped and smoothed over the new contours of your arms. Any excess skin is removed by the surgeon. Once the necessary corrections are made, your doctor will close the incisions and bandage them to keep it secure and protected.

What to Expect After an Arm Lift?

After the surgery is completed, your doctor will give you post-surgical instructions that you will need to follow to ensure proper recovery. The surgeon will cover your incisions using bandages, and your arms will be wrapped loosely using elastic bandages so as to help reduce swelling. If required, the surgeon may place tiny tubes in your arms to help drain any excess fluid or blood.

After your surgery, usually within a day or two, your bandages, along with the drainage tube, are removed. However, your doctor may still ask you to wear a compression sleeve for the next few weeks in order to minimize swelling.

Make sure that you avoid lifting heavy objects and do not engage in strenuous physical activities for at least two months after your surgery.

Who is a Suitable Candidate for an Arm Lift?

If you identify with the following, then you may be a suitable candidate for an arm lift:

  • You have excess skin and fat in the upper arm area making you dissatisfied with your appearance.
  • You have lost a significant amount of weight, leading to droopy, flabby arms.
  • You have a significant upper arm skin laxity.
  • Your weight has more or less stabilized within the past year.
  • You have realistic expectations from the procedure.

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If you yearn for the perfect arms, don’t hesitate for another moment and seek the help of skilled plastic surgeon Dr. James Kurley. He can help you achieve excellent results in a safe and comfortable environment. Contact our office to schedule your consultation today.