Due to age, weight loss surgery, massive weight loss, and other factors, the skin of the upper arms can become loose and flabby. If exercise alone is not enough, sagging skin or “bat wings” can be addressed by an arm lift. An arm lift, or brachioplasty, typically involves liposuction of the upper arm and removal of excess skin. The surgery creates a more contoured appearance for the upper arm by reducing the arm circumference and removing excess skin and fat.
Dr. Michael Devlin will recommend an arm lift procedure at his Little Rock, AR, practice when there is a large amount of skin laxity causing a "bat wing" deformity. Men and women who lose massive amounts of weight through diet and exercise or through gastric bypass surgery often require a brachioplasty to reduce and redefine their arms. Often, older women request this procedure from Dr. Devlin, when aging causes the arms to lose so much elasticity that the skin just "hangs." If you are unhappy or self-conscious about the appearance of your arms, contact us today.
Candidates for Arm Lift Surgery
In general, candidates for an arm lift should meet certain requirements, including:
- Healthy men or women who want to decrease the appearance of sagging arms
- Significant upper arm laxity
- Stable weight
- Realistic expectations
- Willing to trade a scar for contour improvement
An arm lift addresses stubborn fat that can't be targeteted with diet and exercise to help your upper arms look more trim and more toned.
The Treatment Process
For men and women who have extra fat or tissue in the upper arms more than loose skin, Liposuction alone may be enough to improve the contour and appearance of the arms. When there is hanging skin, a more extensive surgery is recommended.
An arm is performed under general anesthesia and typically involves an excision that runs from under the armpit down to the crease to the elbow and the extra skin is removed. This an excellent procedure for patients who are willing to accept the tradeoff of a scar for improvement in contour. The incision may be made in the inner arm or along the back of the arm. This approach seems to yield the most improvement and less visible scarring.
Scarring from brachioplasty surgery can be significant and patients must understand and accept this issue. It can take up to a year for the scars to lighten and fade. However, the positive changes in contour are often very dramatic and for many patients are worth the scar.
Recovering from an Arm Lift
Some pain and swelling is to be expected after surgery. Dr. Devlin will prescribe pain medication help to minimize any discomfort. Brachioplasty is an outpatient procedure so you will go home the same day. Lifting should be avoided for at least the first week. A compression garment will be given to you to wear for seven to 10 days after your procedure. This will aid in healing and contour.
Potential Risks and Complications
Brachioplasty is considered to be relatively safe, but as with any surgical procedure, there are some risks. Patients may experience a reaction to the anesthesia, may bleed excessively, or may suffer from infection nerve damage and scarring.
We have helped many of our patients achieve life-changing transformations through arm lifts, and you can view their before and after photos here.
Reach Out Today
Dr. Devlin and his team are dedicated to providing patients with the best aesthetic enhancements possible. To learn more about what an arm lift entails and whether you are a good candidate, we invite you to request an appointment online or call us at (501) 227-8811.