Arm Lift Description
An armlift, technically called brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. The armlift procedure results in smoother skin and more normal contours. In addition, any localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region may be reduced through conjunction with liposuction techniques. The conditions treated with an armlift are often caused due to loss of elasticity in the skin and underlying tissue of the upper arm. Significant weight loss, aging and/or heredity can result in skin that has been so stretched it loses the ability to retract and cannot be corrected through exercise. The procedure is highly individualized and should be considered for your own personal reasons, not the desire of others.
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Arm Lift Benefits
- Reduce excess sagging skin that droops downward when the arm is extended away from the body
- Tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm
- Reshape your arm to look more toned and present a proportionate appearance
- Allows the natural process of aging to progress from the more youthful version of yourself
Preparing for an Arm Lift
You will begin the process with a doctor consultation where you will be asked many questions to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure. Health history, physical, likely outcomes and potential risks are a few examples of topics that will be discussed during your consultation. Lab testing, medications and age appropriate mammograms are also completed as part of procedure preparation. The procedure will be conducted at a licensed surgical center in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Arm Lift FAQ
HOW DO I KNOW I AM A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR AN ARM LIFT?
We recommend our patients be in good health and non-smokers to ensure successful healing. We also recommend our patients have a positive outlook with specific goals in mind for improving their image.
HOW LONG WILL ARM LIFT RECOVERY TAKE?
Following all doctors’ instructions is essential to successful recovery. You will need someone to drive you home following the procedure and stay with you the first night. Discomfort is common following the procedure, however medication can be prescribed to manage the pain. Dressing or bandages will be applied to your incisions, and your arms may be wrapped in an elastic bandage to minimize swelling and to support your new contours as you heal.
You will be instructed to keep your arms elevated for several days following surgery and return to light walking as soon as possible to minimize complications. You will also be instructed to avoid lifting or bearing any weight on your arms for several days to weeks. You will be ready to return to work and light, normal activities within a few days, as long as you do not engage in any lifting or vigorous exercise. It usually takes 1-2 weeks for your incision to heal and stitches are removed or absorbed. Additional healing will continue for many weeks with numbness and a firm feeling over the skins’s surface being resolved over time.
WHAT ARE THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS?
You must practice diligent sun protection until the healing process is fully completed. It may take a year or more following a given procedure for incision lines to refine and fade to some degree. You need to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.
WILL MY “NEW” ARMS LAST FOREVER?
Achieving a body contour that matches your body weight and proportion unfortunately does come with visible scars. This is a fair trade-off that results in a smooth and toned arm that will be long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness. However, most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.
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