If you have loose sagging skin in the region of the upper arm, then you may be a good candidate for brachioplasty, commonly known as an arm lift. Plastic surgeons in Miami perform arm lift surgery to remove excess skin associated with flabby upper arms.
Flabby upper arms are usually a problem after significant weight loss, but also occur due to aging. Men and women that have lost a lot of weight tend to develop heavy upper arms, because the skin stretches to accommodate the extra weight, but does not tighten after the weight loss. Aging often causes the formation of wrinkles along the upper arm, and in addition, there is also a loss of muscle tone.
Brachioplasty involves the removal of soft tissue and skin from the area of the upper arm. As the skin is re-draped on the arm, this restores tone and contour to the region of the upper arm, creating a slimmer appearance.
The incisions for the arm lift are generally made on the inside or back of the arm. The width of the incision will depend on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. When it comes to the placement of the incisions there are not many options, so the scar will be visible after the procedure.
Typically, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia at an outpatient surgical facility, and takes about 2 hours. Post-op discomfort is minimal, but patients may experience some swelling and soreness, which will last for 7 -14 days.
In some cases, Miami plastic surgeons perform liposuction along with an arm lift. When liposuction is done at the same time, additional fat is removed, and this enhances the contour of the arm.
An arm lift can help you if:
- You have downward drooping excess skin under the upper arm.
- Your arms are out of shape
- You have pockets of fat in the upper arm area
To be considered for an arm lift you should also be in good health, and not significantly overweight. Patients that have had an arm lift feel better about their arms, and like the fact that they can now confidently wear short sleeves.
Some people opt to have an arm lift because their upper arms are too big, and this makes their body look out of proportion. When the arms are reshaped, they look a lot more proportional, and it restores harmony to their overall body shape.
If you are interested in an arm lift in Miami, then be sure to contact an experienced board certified plastic surgeon to do the job.