An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure removing loose and excess fat deposits in the underarms. With the combined effects of aging, fluctuations in weight, and a loss of skin elasticity, both men and women can lose skin tone resulting in a flabby appearance in this region. Often, this fat is unresponsive to diet and exercise.
How is Brachioplasty Performed?
Brachioplasty surgery can markedly improve the appearance of your upper arms. Excess skin and fat from the armpit to the elbow is removed, and the skin is then draped back over the newly repositioned contours, creating a more toned look. The arm lift begins by marking the area of excess skin. Because the skin is very mobile in the upper arm it is usually not necessary to undermine extensively. Some fat is left over the nerves and arteries for their protection, and in some cases Dr. Taylor may suggest that liposuction be performed either alone or in conjunction with the arm lift to remove excess fat in the upper arms in order to provide a smoother result.
After the fat and skin are removed, the wound is stitched together. Dr. Taylor ensures that your incision will be placed in the most inconspicuous place, usually on the inner arm towards the back. The surgery itself generally takes two to three hours, usually done on an outpatient basis under a general anesthesia or a local with sedation.
Before you undergo your procedure, you will consult with Dr. Taylor to discuss any concerns, your expectations for the procedure, and the costs associated with arm lift surgery.
Is an Arm Lift Surgery Right for Me?
If the undersides of your upper arms are sagging, you are likely an ideal candidate for arm lift surgery. An arm lift may also boost your body image. Along with an improved cosmetic appearance, many patients find they experience increased self-esteem and confidence as a result of their surgery.