The skin of the upper arms is thin and not very resilient by nature and for that reason, just about everyone experiences some amount of sagginess in this area as they age. For people who have lost a significant amount of weight, however, the effect is magnified.
Brachioplasty, commonly known as arm lift surgery, eliminates the sagginess of the skin by removing excess skin and fat from the arms. Although saggy upper arms may seem trivial compared to vast amounts of redundant tissue around the torso or droopy breasts, arms tend to be visible body feature. For that reason, it’s common for patients to be interested in brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery, after weight loss to recontour their arms.
Brachioplasty is most often a straightforward procedure with few risks and an easy recovery. So easy, in fact, that many patients elect to combine it with breast and/or abdominal procedures for a complete midbody transformation.
Request a consultation at Kaufman Plastic Surgery in Sacramento to learn more about brachioplasty and other plastic surgery after weight loss options.
Candidates for Brachioplasty
Brachioplasty surgery is for patients who want to tighten the excess upper arm skin and reduce the residual fatty tissue. Therefore, more often than not, anyone who has lost a significant amount of weight, as well as those with droopy, aging upper arm skin, are good candidates for arm lift surgery. Further, as with all surgical procedures, good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites for arm lift surgery.
Arm Lift Surgery and Recovery
Brachioplasty surgery usually takes about two hours to complete, depending on the amount of skin and tissue to be removed. The redundant skin from the upper arm is removed and the remaining skin is tightened, leaving a scar along the inside of the upper arm.
Scars are the greatest drawback of this operation. They will extend from the armpit to the elbow, along the inside of the upper arm. The operation exchanges one cosmetic issue (loose skin) for another (scars). In general, those with very loose skin are most likely to find the exchange worthwhile. Bleeding, fluid collection, and infection are not common problems but if they do occur, they could cause scars to widen.
Recovery from arm lift surgery tends to be very quick. Most people are off prescription pain medication within two or three days after surgery and are back to all normal activities within a month.
When you call (916) 983-9895 to schedule your consultation, we will gladly educate you on the benefits of brachioplasty and other after weight loss surgery options. Dr. Kaufman works with patients from the greater Sacramento area, the San Francisco Bay Area and across the United States.