A brachioplasty, or an arm lift surgery, is a procedure that reduces sagging skin from your upper arm in order to create a tighter contour. As we age, our skin loses elasticity which can lead to a drooping appearance. Weight loss is also a common cause of upper arm skin laxity due to the excess skin being stretched by gravity. A brachioplasty is a surgical procedure that reshapes your upper arm by removing excess tissue and fat deposits. If you are someone who is at a stable weight and can’t seem to get rid of that pesky upper arm skin with exercise and a healthy diet, a brachioplasty surgery may be perfect for you.
You will have the choice between intravenous sedation and general anesthesia for your brachioplasty procedure. Your surgeon will make an incision either along the inner arm or the back of the arm, in order to surgically remove tissue and fat. The position and size of the incision will depend on the amount of excess skin to be removed, as well as the location of this skin. Supplementary liposuction can be utilized during the arm lift, which helps to reduce unwanted fat deposits. The incision will then be closed with sutures which will be removed within one to two weeks. While some degree of scarring is to be expected following this procedure, often the incision can be placed in a discrete location that is not easily visible. Dr. Kim will use his expertise to decide which incision size and location will be best for you. The recovery period varies depending on the extent of your surgery, but typically patients are able to resume their normal daily activity after a few weeks. Results from this surgery are immediate and the satisfaction rate is high following an arm lift.
Like any cosmetic procedure, it is important to choose a board-certified cosmetic surgeon in order to achieve the most natural results. Dr. Kim is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has an eye for aesthetics and years of experience. If you are interested in a brachioplasty procedure, come into Northwestern Plastic Surgery and have your free consultation with Dr. Kim!