Loose upper arm skin may be inherited or related to weight loss. Fluctuations in weight and the aging process often cause upper arms to have a sagging, drooped appearance. Although exercise will strengthen the muscles of the upper arm, it cannot eliminate excess skin. An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that can remove the redundant skin on the upper arm, and reshape the upper arm to restore a smooth contour and the proportions of the arm. It is sometimes combined with liposuction of the upper arm to help remove localized areas of fat.
Most patients return to work five to seven days after brachioplasty. Your doctor will decide with you the appropriate timeframe for your recovery. Bruising that is present right after your surgery will disappear within a few weeks, and some swelling can remain for several months. Numbness of the arm skin is expected and can last for a year. Some skin sensation will often gradually return. Scars may worsen for the first three to six weeks, but this is normal and to be expected. After nine to 12 months have passed, the scars should begin to flatten and lighten in color, and reach their final appearance.
You can shower two days after surgery and the discomfort is moderate. Pain medication prescribed by your surgeon can help minimize the pain, but if the discomfort persists, contact us immediately. Sutures may be removed 10 to 14 days after surgery, although most sutures are the dissolving type and do not require removal. Bandages are removed after one to four days, and the drains will be removed in 10 to 14 days. We may instruct you to wear a compressive garment for a recommended amount of time.
After your brachioplasty, you will see an immediate improvement in the shape of your arms. Final results vary person to person and can be seen three to six months following surgery. The results after brachioplasty can be long-lasting if you follow a balanced diet and exercise on a regular basis.