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An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a procedure that reshapes the under portion of the upper arm. For individuals with sagging or excess skin, or for those who desire greater definition in their arms, an arm lift may be the right procedure. Arm lift surgery is intended to tighten and smooth the supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm and reduce localized fat deposits.
An arm lift procedure is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. After incisions are made, the excess skin tissue is removed and the skin on the arm is repositioned and tightened to eliminate the saggy or flabby appearance of the skin. The incisions are closed with either absorbable sutures, or with conventional stitches that will be removed within a week or two following the procedure. After surgery, bandages are applied to the incisions.
Inner Arm Incision, Before Inner Arm Incision, After
Immediately following surgery, mild discomfort may be experienced. This can be relieved by medications. Swelling may occur, but will lessen and go away within a few weeks. Patients will be able to return to work in a week, but must avoid over-strenuous activities and heavy lifting. After several weeks, patients may resume normal activities and scars as a result of the surgery will begin to fade.