Brachioplasty, more commonly known as an arm lift, attempts to procure a more youthful look by removing excess skin that hangs down from the underside of the arms.
This laxity is often due to the effects of ageing or extensive weight loss and is requested by both men and women. This procedure can help relieve a patient’s self-consciousness in wearing short sleeves or otherwise showing their arms.
About the Procedure
During the arm lift procedure, the incision is made beneath the arm and can extend from the elbow to the armpit, varying upon how much skin must be removed. The skin is then cut away from the rest of the arm and pulled taut around the extremity.
This procedure is very likely to leave a scar that could be noticeable. The Surgeon will attempt to adjust where they make their incision so that the scar runs either underneath the arm or on the inside surface. These are less visible in normal poses and can improve over time as the scar fades. However, most patients need to be firmly aware that they are essentially trading "skin for scars" with this procedure.
The initial recovery time for this procedure is short, as the patient may return to light work within a week or less. However, exercise must remain off limits for two weeks. The results will be immediately obvious, but will show apparent improvement over the next two weeks as swelling subsides. The scars will heal and mature over the next six months, possibly fading from sight.