The arms are a part of the body that everyone can see, and when you’re not entirely comfortable with the way your arms look it’s difficult to show them off. When you’re self-conscious about loose or excess skin, you think twice before wearing a tank top, a sleeveless dress, or anything that doesn't provide coverage to your upper arms.
While these feelings are completely understandable, we at HZ Plastic Surgery believe you shouldn’t ever have to feel anything other than proud of your arms! We live in Florida, after all, so the less coverage the better. If self-consciousness or embarrassment about the current state of your upper arms is something you struggle with, our Arm Lift Surgery could be the perfect solution.
An arm lift surgery, which is also called a Brachioplasty, is a cosmetic, body contouring surgical procedure that reduces loose and excess skin that hangs from the arms by eliminating the fatty deposits around the arm. Sometimes a cosmetic surgeon will perform a liposuction along with an arm lift in order to maximize the overall effectiveness and “look” of the procedure.
Arm lift surgery is recommended for people who have lost a lot of weight, patients who have experienced sagging under the arms due to aging, and anyone who wishes to have a more youthful and tighter arm. In these cases, patients often turn to an arm lift to remove excess skin and achieve the toned arms they’ve always dreamed of.
Types of Arm Lift Surgery
There are two different types of arm lift surgery, the main difference being the type of incisions used during each procedure. During your initial consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Z will determine which of these is best suited to your individual needs.
Upper Arm Lift:
This procedure is for patients with a great deal of excess skin underneath the upper arm. The incision in this procedure typically runs along your arm from the armpit to the elbow and is shaped like a Z or a U. The length of the incision varies case to case and depends on how much excess skin you are trying to remove. In severe cases, the incision may run from the armpit to the side of the chest.
Mini Arm Lift:
This procedure is designed for patients who are trying to remove a small amount of excess skin. Because this procedure is less extensive, the incision is usually small and hidden in the armpit. This procedure is still highly effective in removing hanging skin from the upper arm, and hiding the incision in the armpit drastically reduces visual scarring.
What Are Some Arm Lift Benefits?
The biggest benefit of any cosmetic surgery, outside of the obvious visual aesthetic, is the amount of confidence patients gain. Many people are self-conscious about sagging skin on their upper arms, and arm lift surgery helps remove that anxiety and makes patients feel beautiful in their own skin! If you’ve been wanting to get an arm lift but aren’t sure whether the results will accomplish what you want, we recommend taking some time to look through some of our arm lift before and after photos. The photos speak for themselves about the benefits of undergoing arm lift surgery at the hands of a highly qualified cosmetic surgeon.
What Can I Expect From Arm Lift Recovery?
Recovery time for an arm lift procedure can vary case to case, but typically patients are able to resume their normal activities within a month. Patients should plan to take a week or two off of work following their procedure, and many surgeons recommend light walking during the recovery process. This light walking can increase circulation and aid in the healing process.
Patients may be given pain medication after the procedure to help cope with any bruising, swelling or pain associated with recovery. It is also recommended that patients wear a compression bandage to help reduce swelling and optimize healing. Another way to help deal with swelling is to keep your arms raised during recovery. After any procedure, it is important to alert your physician to any abnormalities in your recovery and to adhere to all of his/her recommendations.
If you live in or near the Orlando area then you can visit Dr. Z at HZ Plastic Surgery to find out which arm lift procedure is best for you and gather more relevant information. Dr. Z and his staff are highly trained and accommodating to the unique needs of each patient. To schedule your consultation, contact us today!