There are many different expressions patients use to tell us how they feel about excess skin of the upper arms. Sometimes referred to as “bat wings”, excess sagging skin can appear after weight loss or with the natural aging process. An Arm Lift (brachioplasty) is a surgical procedure that removes the extra skin from the upper arm and improves your contour so that you look is more slim and shapely.Schedule a Consultation
Arm Lift techniques have been refined over the last decade and your Restore SD surgeon will work with you to plan the best operative approach. If you have a bit of extra fat in addition to extra skin, liposuction of the upper arm may be a useful addition. Sometimes liposuction is done as a separate procedure prior to removing the extra skin in order to optimize the final result. Arm lift and breast surgeries are often done at the same time.
Your Arm Lift surgery is done under general anesthesia and generally takes 1 ½ – 2 hours. During the surgery, your Restore SD surgeon will remove the excess skin from your upper arms and sculpt the area into a more slim and shapely appearance. When surgery is complete, you will have compression dressings placed and will have a drain in each surgical site. Arm Lift surgery is an outpatient procedure and you will be able to go home after recovering from anesthesia.
Once you have recovered from anesthesia you are able to go home with a responsible adult who can ideally stay with you for a few days during the early recovery process. Some surgical pain is expected and will be treated with pain medications. Most patients can return to work after 2-3 weeks. Normal daily activities like showering, eating and light activity such as walking can be resumed within 48-72 hours after surgery. Some post-operative swelling is normal and generally resolves within the first 4 weeks after surgery. You should refrain from intense physical activity for 4 weeks. During the recovery period, you will have follow-up with your Restore SD surgeon and will be guided back to your usual activities. Most complications occur from getting too active too early, so select a surgical date that allows an appropriate amount of time to heal and gradually return to your more vigorous activities.
The Combined Procedures
Arm Lift surgery is a very powerful body contouring procedure that restores harmony to your proportions that has been disrupted with weight loss or aging. The procedure can be combined with breast surgery, liposuction using the SAFELipo™ technique, or facial rejuvenation procedures. Your Restore SD surgeon will partner with you to develop a surgical plan that optimizes your result and your safety.