Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
Upper arm “jiggle” is something many of us can relate to. Whether due to aging, weight loss, or a little of both, stubborn fat and hanging skin can develop in the upper arms. If this is causing you to self-consciously avoid certain clothing styles, it may be time to consider arm lift surgery. An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgery that tightens and firms the contours of the upper arms to give them a more youthful and attractive shape.
How Does Brachioplasty Improve Upper Arm Contour?
Eliminate Stubborn Fat
Over time, localized areas of the body can gradually accumulate excess fat. The upper arm area is particularly prone to developing stubborn fat, especially in individuals who struggle with weight management. Brachioplasty incorporates fat removal to create a smoother, firmer, and leaner upper arm contour. With the elimination of stubborn fat, your upper arms will look and feel slimmer and more youthful.
Remove Excess Skin
As with other areas of the body, the skin of the upper arms loses elasticity and begins to sag over time. Even individuals who are yet young but who have endured significant weight loss can have loose upper arm skin. Sometimes referred to as “bat wings”, jiggling upper arms can instantly date your appearance. Brachioplasty trims away the excess skin and tightens the upper arms, eliminating the jiggle and providing a firmer contour.
Address Tough-to-Reach Areas Without Surgery
For many patients, upper arm contour can be improved without surgery. BodyTite™ and AccuTite™ can achieve both fat removal and skin tightening nearly anywhere on the body. Especially for the upper arms, which have smaller contours and tough-to-reach areas, these treatment options are a nonsurgical alternative that can provide excellent results for many brachioplasty candidates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for brachioplasty?
Most individuals who are in good physical health, have a stable body weight, and do not smoke are good candidates for brachioplasty. This procedure may be recommended for you if you are interested in improving the contour of your upper arms by eliminating loose, hanging skin and excess fat.
How much scarring should I expect?
The incision for brachioplasty is placed on the inside/underside of the arm so that any scarring will be hidden during most activities. Dr. Aycock strives to ensure that scarring is minimal and will do everything possible to facilitate healthy scar tissue healing. For most patients, brachioplasty scars fade significantly over time.
What nonsurgical alternatives are there to brachioplasty?
BodyTite™ and AccuTite™ provide a nonsurgical alternative to brachioplasty. These treatments can significantly improve upper arm contour by tightening loose skin and melting away stubborn fat without requiring invasive surgery.
How long is brachioplasty recovery?
Most people plan to take at least three to four days off work after arm lift surgery. Compression garments will be given to minimize swelling, reduce your risk of scarring, and help your upper arms heal. Any swelling should subside within a few weeks. You will need to avoid strenuous exertion and physical exercise for several weeks so that your arms have time to heal. Dr. Aycock will be there to answer any questions during your recovery.
What are the risks of brachioplasty?
Risks associated with brachioplasty include adverse reactions to anesthesia, infection, bleeding, swelling, bleeding, bruising, numbness, nerve damage, extensive scarring, and dissatisfaction with the results. For patients who elect to receive BodyTite™ or AccuTite™ treatment instead of brachioplasty, the risks are significantly lower and may include infection, nerve damage, skin injury, thermal burns, seroma, and lidocaine toxicity. Risks are significantly lower when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Aycock will discuss the potential risks and benefits with you in detail to help you determine whether an arm lift is right for you.
How long do the results last?
Brachioplasty results can last for many years. While the skin of the upper arms will continue to age naturally, you can maintain excellent results by regularly engaging in strength training exercises for your arms, daily full body exercises, and healthy eating.
What results can I expect?
Brachioplasty results in smoother and tighter upper arms. The formerly present “jiggle” will be replaced by a firmer feel and appearance. Patients who undergo brachioplasty can look forward to having more defined, shapely, and youthful upper arm contour.
"Each person has a different ideal of their individual anatomy. I listen to you and your body to find options for beautiful and natural results. "
- Joyce Aycock, MD