Arm Lift

Tighten and tone the skin of the arms

By Brandie Umar, Executive Director of ContentLast modified: November 29, 2011

Arm Lift Defined

Arm lift surgery or brachioplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to rid you of loose skin and excess fat under the arm that cases 'bat wings' and affects your confidence. Aging and weight loss cause skin to become loose and saggy and muscle definition harder to achieve. Arm lift cosmetic surgery tightens the skin and tones tissue and muscle to smooth and contour your arm between the elbow and armpit.

A Good Candidate For Arm Lift

Anybody who is self-conscious about the appearance of excess loose skin and fat on the upper arm may be a candidate for arm lift surgery (brachioplasty).

Young teenagers are not good candidates for an arm lift. Patients should be healthy adults with undesired extra skin on their arms.

Arm Lift Surgery

Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure and the patient will be asleep throughout. To perform the arm lift cosmetic surgeons combine skin removal with liposuction to achieve optimum results.

An incision is made along the arm, usually in a curve between the elbow and upper arm. Tissue and muscles are reshaped before the skin is tightened and secured in position with sutures. Once the skin has been stitched, excess skin is removed.

If plastic surgeons are removing excess fat with liposuction at the same time as arm lift surgery, the liposuction is performed through the same incision before plastic surgeons close the cut with sutures.

Arm Lift Recovery And Results

Recovery from arm lift surgery normally takes one month. Patients will be able to resume normal activities within a few days of surgery but should avoid strenuous activity until the incision scar has completely healed. The scar will fade over time. Arm lift surgery is an effective cosmetic procedure to smooth and tighten the arm leaving you feeling confident.

Cost Of Arm Lift

The cost of arm lift surgery will depend on whether liposuction is performed together with the removal of excess skin and the location of your treatment.

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