The medical term for arm lift surgery is brachioplasty: arm (brachio) reshaping (plasty). The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that in 2014, there were 16,205 upper arm lift procedures performed. This is significant considering that in 2000, only 338 arm lift procedures were performed – that’s an increase of 4,694%!
Why such a dramatic rise? There is likely a strong link to the rise in bariatric surgeries during the same timeframe. When patients experience extreme weight loss after bariatric surgery, they are left with loose, draping skin and an arm lift allows the skilled plastic surgeon to remove excess skin. An arm lift, however, can be for anyone, not just patients who have undergone bariatric surgery.
Additionally, the latest technologies and surgical techniques have made it easier to treat the upper arms. These days, plastic surgeons are offering patients dramatic results with less downtime.
What does the procedure do?
- It reduces excess sagging skin that hangs downward.
- Tightens the underlying supportive tissue that defines the upper arm.
- It reduces localized fat pockets in the upper arm.
- It removes excess upper arm tissue, sometimes called the “bat wing.”
An arm lift procedure can be combined with other short procedures. However, in order to maintain the highest level of safety for our patients, we limit the number of body contouring procedures that are done at once. This way we minimize the amount of time under anesthesia.
To contour both of the arms, the procedure takes approximately two to three hours. Most patients can resume their daily routines in about two weeks, but it takes between four and six weeks to return to your regular exercise regimen.
How is the arm lift procedure performed? The excess upper arm tissue is removed; this can be done by a direct excision (removing the skin by cutting), or by a combination of liposuction followed by a direct excision.
Does the skin beneath your upper arms appear loose and full because of excess skin and fat? Does this make you feel uncomfortable, and hold you back from wearing tank tops and swimsuits? If so, arm lift surgery may be right for you.
To learn more about this exciting procedure, contact our office to arrange a consultation with our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Yuly Gorodisky!