About Arm Lifts
An arm lift, also called brachioplasty, is used to removed excess skin and fat from the upper arms in patients who have lost a lot of weight or developed excess loose skin due to aging. Scars are the greatest drawback of this operation, and will extend from the armpit to mid-way down the arm to the elbow. However, done correctly by a skilled arm lift surgeon, the scars will positioned to be least noticeable and shouldn’t show at all when arms are down.
This operation exchanges one cosmetic problem (loose skin) for another (scars). Those with extremely saggy skin tend to find this exchange very worthwhile.
Typical Recovery Time After Arm Lift or Brachioplasty
The first day after your arm lift procedure, you will be groggy from the anesthesia and pain medications. Patients typically wear bandages in the days following surgery. Swelling (and sometimes bruising) continually get better with time, but are most noticeable in the first 1-2 weeks. Most patients are back to work in about a week and can resume moderate physical activity after several weeks to their comfort level. Final results occur in about 6 months after the scars have matured.