Winter is on its way out, and with the return of warm weather comes the return of short-sleeved and sleeveless tops. However, you may be reluctant to wear your favorite blouse because of loose skin and stubborn fat in your upper arms. This region can be almost impossible to target with diet and exercise. If you are not a good candidate for ReNUplasty® (a combination of VASERlipo® and Renuvion™), arm lift surgery can help to restore the slim appearance of your arms, making you feel confident in your clothing again.
What Is Arm Lift Surgery?
Arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, is a procedure designed to remove excess skin, tissue, and fatty deposits to improve the contour of the upper arm. The operation is typically performed using general anesthesia. An incision will be made along the inside of the arm that extends from the elbow to the armpit. Excess fat and loose skin will be removed. The incision will then be closed with sutures.
What Is the Recovery Like?
You can expect your arms to be sore, swollen, and bruised after your surgery, and you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you the first night. Most patients take 10 days to two weeks off work. You should also avoid heavy lifting during this time. Any swelling can take a few weeks to subside, but sleeping with your arms elevated can help. It typically takes about three weeks for patients to be able to resume their normal activity levels.
Will There Be Scarring?
Arm lift surgery usually leaves a scar. The length of the scar will depend on the length of the incision. However, there are products that you can use to help minimize the appearance of any scarring, and all scars fade with time. Most patients who undergo an arm lift say that their satisfaction with the results of their surgery outweighs the presence of the scars.
How Can I Make My Results Last Longer?
The best way to ensure that your results are long lasting is to maintain a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle. Protecting your skin from the sun is also important. As you age, some skin laxity may return, but your arms will be firmer than if you did not have the surgery. Most patients are extremely happy with the results of their brachioplasty.