Are you experiencing body image issues, discomfort with clothing, and more as a result of excess skin and fat deposits hanging from the bottoms of your upper arms? If so, an arm lift may be right for you. This procedure can reshape the arms, adding muscle tone and making the skin tighter and smoother.
The sections of unfortunate hanging flab that are sometimes called “bat wings” come about as a result of aging, the genes, and major weight loss. Brachioplasties are particularly popular with patients who have experienced weight loss procedures.
Sagging skin – technically known as ptotic skin – is lacking in elasticity. While muscles can be toned with exercise, excess loose skin cannot be exercised away. As a result, many people feel frustrated with their lack of progress when trying to get rid of bat wings. To remove excess drooping skin and fat, you’ll need arm lift surgery, also called a brachioplasty.
The arm lift procedure can take as little as an hour up to around four hours; the more tissue being removed, the longer it will take. A brachioplasty will begin with either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. This choice, along with many of the other choices involved with arm lift surgery, will be discussed during your consultation.
Once sedation has been administered, the incisions are created. Made on the back or underside of each arm, these cuts serve as access points for the plastic surgeon. They typically stretch from the elbow to the armpit area, though they can be shorter or longer depending on the degree of tissue removal necessary to meet the patient’s aesthetic goals. They can also be differently shaped (curved or zigzagged).
After the arm lift incisions have been made, fatty tissue deposits may be suctioned away using liposuction. Internal sutures may be used to support the recontoured tissues. The excess skin tissue is trimmed away, and the remaining skin is redraped over the area. Once this is complete, the incisions are closed using medical stitches. Surgical drains are often inserted in the area to remove excess blood and fluids, avoiding potential complications.
Some swelling and bruising is normal following the arm lift procedure. To keep the swelling down, it’s recommended that you keep your arms elevated following the surgery for around three days. Propping them up on pillows will make this easier. Supportive garments worn on the areas will also aid in controlling swelling.
As your tissues will be weaker during the brachioplasty healing period, it will be best to avoid strenuous activities for up to six weeks after the arm lift. You’ll need to stay home from work for at least a week and should not go back to your typical routine for around three weeks.
So if you’re ready for taut, toned arms without excess skin and fat, contact our office and arrange an appointment to learn more about what an arm lift can do for you. Dr. Berhane will be happy to answer your questions. Contact us today for a consultation.