Do you have excess skin and fat on your arms? Have you tried bicep curls, Pilates, and yoga but to no avail? Sadly, there’s very little you can do naturally to reduce extra skin in this area. Luckily, an arm lift could be your solution. An arm lift is sometimes known as a brachioplasty. Surgeons carry out the procedure on patients with fat packets or sagging skin caused by aging or extreme weight loss. Arm lifts remove the excess skin and tighten the skin. This produces a smooth, toned look. Sometimes, they’re combined with arm liposuction, which removes the excess fat. While many patients who come to Artlipo for an arm lift are suitable for the procedure, others are not. When you arrange a consultation with our surgeons, you’ll be advised about whether an arm lift is worth your time. 

Am I Suitable for An Arm Lift Procedure?

A brachioplasty is ideal for you when:

  • You have extra skin on your upper arms regardless of diet or exercise. Heredity, weight changes, and aging all can give your upper arms the appearance of bat wings. Diet and exercise are unable to improve this area. Even if the rest of your body is slim, your arms may remain stubbornly fat.
  • You have a stable body weight. If you’re close to your ideal body weight and are able to maintain it, you’re most likely to have long-lasting results.
  • You’re healthy. If you have obesity, diabetes, heart disease or another condition, your healing may be slow. You may also experience more complications after surgery. Your doctor will be able to tell you if you are a suitable candidate.
  • You don’t smoke. Smoking slows the body’s recovery after your procedure. If you’re a smoker, your surgeon will suggest that you give up the habit for six weeks before surgery.

Will the Recovery Period Be Unpleasant?

It’s important to know what to expect after your arm lift surgery. You will have a more limited range of movement in your upper body. This will mean you’ll have a downtime of a few weeks. If you normally have a sedentary job, you’ll still need around two weeks off work. If you have a manual occupation, you’ll probably need a longer break. Your doctor will prohibit you from lifting your arms for several weeks. And, you cannot drive for two weeks. Your underarm incision takes around four to eight weeks to heal fully. This means you’ll need to hold back from a lot of physical activities and exercise. The pain should be manageable with medication, however. 

What Will the Results Look Like?

Right after surgery, you’ll probably notice your upper arm already looks tighter. However, it’ll be a few more weeks before you will see the full result. Once the bruising and swelling have subsided, you can admire your new arms. Usually, an arm lift will have long-lasting results. You can maintain these in the long term so long as your weight remains stable. As you get older, however, you may require a follow-up treatment since aging affects the upper arm area.

Can I Expect to See Any Side Effects?

When you come to Artistic Lipo and Plastic Surgery for your arm lift, you are in very safe hands. Our surgical team is highly skilled and extremely experienced. There are, however, a few risks linked to any kind of surgery. Infection, bruising, swelling, and fluid buildup can all occur after a brachioplasty. These are common side effects and aren’t usually serious.

There may be some changes in the skin sensation close to the incision. The incision may also not heal as rapidly as you hoped. The area around the armpit can take longer to heal. This is because sweating causes extra bacteria. And, the frequent moving of the arm will cause irritation in the area. Usually, the problem will resolve without further medical intervention. If you’re worried about the scar, however, your Artlipo surgeon will be able to offer you advice.

What If an Arm Lift Isn’t Right for Me?

When you come to Artlipo in Tampa, Florida for your consultation, your surgeon can advise you about the best procedures for you. In some cases, a brachioplasty is the ideal solution for your problems. In others, you may require arm liposuction, too, for better contouring of the upper arm. Some patients may only require liposuction to address their problems. Our skilled team has the necessary experience to recommend the most suitable treatment for your needs. With our Celebrity Arms liposuction procedure, we can achieve very complete fat removal results. Therefore, for many patients, this will be sufficient to help them get the beautiful arms they desire. In other cases, an arm lift in Florida will be the right answer to their problems. Whichever procedure is right for you, you can be confident that, at Artlipo, you’re in safe hands.