An arm lift — also known as Brachioplasty — is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the under a portion of your upper arms.
During an arm lift, excess skin and fat are removed from the underarms — between the armpit and elbow. The skin is then draped back over the newly repositioned contours to create a more toned look.
You might choose to have an arm lift if the undersides of your upper arms are sagging. An arm lift might also boost your body image.
As you get older, the skin on your upper arms changes — sagging and becoming loose. Significant weight loss can also cause the undersides of your upper arms to droop.
You might consider an arm lift if:
- Your upper arm skin is drooping
- You have excess fat in the undersides of your upper arms
While exercise can strengthen and improve muscle tone in the upper arm, it can't address excess skin that has lost elasticity.
An arm lift isn't for everyone. Your doctor might caution against an arm lift if you:
- Are significantly overweight
- Have frequent changes in your weight
What you can expect:
An arm lift can be done in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility.
Sometimes the procedure is done with sedation and local anaesthesia, which numbs only part of your body. In other cases, general anaesthesia — which renders you unconscious — is recommended.
During the procedure:
Your plastic surgeon will make incisions on the undersides of your arms. The length and pattern of the incisions depend on how much skin will be removed.
After making the incisions, the plastic surgeon will tighten your underlying tissues and secure them with stitches. He or she might also use a suction technique to remove fat (liposuction). Your skin will then be draped over the new contours and excess skin will be removed. Stitches or surgical tape will be used to close the incisions.
The procedure typically takes one and a half to two hours.
After the procedure:
After an arm lift, your incisions will be covered in bandages. Your arms will be loosely wrapped in elastic bandages to minimise swelling. Small tubes might be placed in your arms to drain any excess blood or fluid.