An arm lift is a surgical procedure that can correct excess arm tissue, creating slimmer and more toned upper arms. Also known as brachioplasty, this surgery is common after a person achieves a significant weight reduction.
Dr. Howrigan may recommend an arm lift for patients who present the following:
A good candidate is a healthy non-smoker who has reached a stable body weight. Patients should also be prepared for the scars that result from arm lift surgery. Although the shape of the arms may be dramatically improved, scars will be visible after surgery. While they will fade and flatten out over time, they are permanent.
An arm lift will require approximately 1-2 hours in surgery. It’s an outpatient procedure, which may be performed under local or general anesthesia. In some cases, Dr. Howrigan will recommend liposuction alone to improve the arm contours. For most patients, the method will combine liposuction and surgical excision.
Incisions are made in the inner part of the arm, extending from the armpit toward the elbow. Fat and excess skin are removed, and sutures are placed to close the incisions and maintain the new shape.
Before and After Arm Lift in Boston
Recovery may require 2-4 weeks, during which time you will be advised to keep the arms elevated and limit your activities. Dr. Howrigan will provide specific post-operative instructions for your recovery, as well as prescriptions for pain medication. Swelling and bruising should be expected, which should be nearly resolved after 2 weeks. A compression garment may be necessary for several weeks to promote optimal skin contraction on the upper arms.