An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is designed to eliminate excess skin that hangs from the upper arm. Sagging skin most often develops on the area that spans from the underarm to the elbow. This common condition can result from the natural aging process, though it may also be exacerbated by significant weight loss. An arm lift can help patients achieve a more toned upper arm and a sleeker silhouette, helping clothes fit better and giving patients a boost in confidence.

To learn more about arm lift surgery and how it can help you achieve your body sculpting goals, please contact The Ottawa Clinic.

Arm Lift Candidates

The best way to determine your candidacy for an arm lift is to schedule a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon. However, ideal candidates for arm lift surgery are those in good overall health who maintain realistic expectations about the outcome of their procedure. Patients who have undergone bariatric surgery may choose an arm lift as part of a more comprehensive body lift procedure. Additionally, patients who have excess fat as well as sagging skin in the area between the elbow and the underarm may combine an arm lift with liposuction for a more comprehensive improvement.

The Arm Lift Procedure

Depending upon the degree of excess skin present, your plastic surgeon will either make a small incision in the axilla (underarm area) or a larger incision along the inside of the arm. During the arm lift procedure, your surgeon will remove any redundant skin before re-draping the remaining skin for a smooth, toned appearance. Our plastic surgeons take care during surgery to conceal the location of the incision as much as possible and use the latest surgical techniques to minimize any visible scarring. When an incision along the inside of the arm is necessary, the resulting scar can not typically be seen when the arms are at rest.

Recovery from Arm Lift Surgery

During your recovery from surgery, swelling is normal and can last up to two weeks. Any discomfort experienced during this time can be easily managed with oral pain medication. Mild bruising is also normal, but this side effect should fade quickly. Most arm lift patients resume normal activities within the first week. Our plastic surgeons recommend avoiding exercise and other strenuous activities for about three weeks. To maintain the toning results from arm lift surgery, patients should do their best to keep a stable weight by eating a nutritious diet and exercising regularly.

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