If you’ve ever felt insecure about the appearance of your arms, scared to wear sleeveless shirts because of loose and sagging skin on the upper arms, consider the benefits of brachioplasty, or an Arm Lift.
Arm lift surgery is designed to remove excess skin and fat to proportion your arms. Factors that can lead to loose, sagging skin on the upper arms include aging, weight fluctuations, and significant weight loss.
Arm lift surgery corrects the aesthetics of your arms, giving patients a proportionate, sleek, and toned appearance. During the surgery, excess skin and fat between the upper arms and elbows is removed. Dr. Frenzel makes an incision on the inner part of the arm. When there is excessive skin under the arm along the side of the chest wall, an extended brachioplasty will be required. The incision will continue along the armpit and the side of the chest. Fatty tissue is removed through liposuction and excess skin is carefully trimmed away. Then, the remaining skin is pulled tight before the arm is sutured together.
Before the arm lift procedure, many patients come in feeling embarrassed, hiding their upper arms. Sleeveless shirts and even short sleeve shirts are avoided as a way to hide their arms. If you share this insecurity, the brachioplasty is a good choice for you. With tighter, skinnier arms, you’ll love the new freedom you have to move your arms—waving at someone, wearing a bathing suit, raising your hand, etc. Whatever activities you felt held back by, the arm lift surgery gives you the confidence to display and use your arms to their fullest potential.
During an initial consultation, Dr. Frenzel will help you understand the procedure and answer any questions you might have. Every patient has unique needs and Dr. Frenzel takes that into consideration. It’s important that patients understand that scars may result from this procedure. Placed on the inside of the arm, the scar won’t be openly visible. And, scars do fade and flatten out over time.
After the arm lift surgery, recovery will take approximately two weeks to return to work and resume restricted activity. During this healing time, patients need to keep their arms elevated and avoid repetitive activity. An elastic compression garment will also be required to wear. Medications are provided to alleviate postoperative discomfort. After the two weeks of recovery, you’ll notice a beautiful difference in the appearance of your arms and you’ll love the new confidence you have.
Risks involved in the arm lift procedure include scarring from the incision points, bleeding, infection, poor wound healing, skin loss, blood clots, damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs. Dr. Frenzel will thoroughly discuss all of the risks and safety information in detail before the surgery to help you make an informed decision on what’s best for you.