Our surgeons, Dr. Connors and Dr. Hart are body contouring specialists in Atlanta. They offer patients the opportunity to have tighter, more contoured arms through brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift. This is a procedure that removes excess skin on the underside of the upper arm where a loss of elasticity exists. Many patients desire this surgery to complete their weight loss journey. Arm lift surgery is often combined with another body contouring procedure in what is known as an upper body lift. During the consultation, a detailed surgical plan will be created to meets the patient’s aesthetic goals.
- Recovery Time: 2-4 Weeks
- Post-op Follow-up: 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location: Outpatient
Arm Lift FAQs
Liposuction Or Lift?
Patients that have excess fat inside their arms may be candidates for liposuction, but arm lift patients typically do not have excess fat as their primary problem. These individuals have excessive sagging and loose, hanging skin. The only way to correct this problem is through a brachioplasty procedure. Patients who have relatively good skin tone but also have excess fat in the arms can sometimes achieve their desired results with an exercise and diet regime that incorporates the use of weights.
What About Scarring?
It’s important that patients understand scarring is a part of this procedure. It is recommended that patients avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the scars are a small trade-off for a new, shapelier arm. We will discuss scar care to help assist in the healing process.
It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. Some common techniques often combined during what is known as an “upper body lift” include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast surgery (breast lift). During your consultation, each surgery will be discussed and recommendations will be made on whether these procedures should be done at the same time.
How Toned Will I Look?
An arm lift is performed to remove hanging skin and fat. The only way to build muscle is through strength training. Following surgery, once the arms are fully healed, patients can resume exercise and weight training. This is a great way to add shape to the arms by toning and strengthening them.