An Arm Lift is a plastic surgery procedure that removes excessive sagging skin and fat from the upper arms. This laxity can be caused by heredity or a large amount of weight loss. The goal of the surgery is to tighten and re-contour the area to a more natural and pleasing contour.
During your consultation, Dr. Izquierdo will discuss all your options based on his examination. Dr. Izquierdo’s goal is to tighten and re-contour the area to a more natural and pleasing contour.
Arm Lifts require 1-3 hours of surgery in an ambulatory surgery center under general anesthesia to complete depending on the complexity of the procedure. Liposuction is often used concomitantly to remove excess fat. A typical scar is placed in your arm pit and may extend down the inside groove of the arm. At times, modification of the length of the scar can be made to decrease it’s visibility when wearing short sleeves or a sleeveless garment. All attempts to minimize and hide your scars will be made.
For patients with massive weight loss after bariatric surgery, an extension of the incisions may be required downward from the arm pit to tighten the flaccid skin after the loss of weight.
Dr. Izquierdo will assess your options for reduction of the upper arms. At times, a combination of procedures may be of better benefit.
Post operatively, you will have bandages and dressings placed immediately after surgery. Surgical swelling is usually at its peak during the first 3 days and will go away within a few weeks. You may feel numbness or other changes in sensation, but this usually returns in several days. Keeping your arms elevated on a pillow will help reduce the expected swelling.
Return to normal activities may take up to two to six weeks, depending on your particular surgical procedure.
Although rare, complications can occur with this plastic surgery procedure. The most common risks of an arm lift include hand swelling, sensory loss, nerve injury, hematoma and scarring.