Why have an Arm Lift?
You may be a candidate for an upper arm lift if you have sagging skin on the upper arms. Upper arm tissue can relax with age, genetics, gravity and weight loss. The drooping of skin is from a stretching of the anchoring system of the arm and loss of supporting fat. Patients are very unhappy with this “loose hammock” appearance.
Many of our post-bariatric patients benefit from Arm Lift surgery after massive weight loss causes the excess skin of the arms to hang down.
- A more youthful appearance and thinner contour to the arms.
- Reduction of flabbiness, extra skin and fat, in the upper inner arms.
- Greater confidence and comfort in clothing
- Long-lasting results.
About the Procedure
This procedure is usually done under general anesthesia. Surgical correction depends on the amount of extra skin must be removed and how loose the supporting tissues have become. In order to remove the unwanted skin, an incision is made that may run from near the elbow into the underarm. Your surgeon will place the incision in the most inconspicuous location (inner arm toward the back), where the tissue can be best tightened.
An upper Arm Lift takes approximately two hours. This surgery is done on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia. Because safety is always our first concern, we always work with board-certified anesthesiologists to ensure that your surgery is as safe as possible. Following your surgery, you will be able to rest in the comfort of your own home.
Recovery & Aftercare
- Patients may experience some degree of bruising, swelling, tenderness and/or numbness.
- Drains may remain in place for about three to seven days.
- Limit activity for the next 5 -7 days following surgery.
- Avoid strenuous activities for about four to six weeks.
- Some patients are ready to return to work in a week.
- Our Baltimore plastic surgeons may recommend an compression garment be worn for a few weeks for support.
An additional procedure that may enhance the result of an upper arm lift is liposuction of the upper arms. Please discuss this option with Dr. Cohen.
Arm Lifts are usually deemed cosmetic in nature and are therefore not covered by insurance.
**NOTE: The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for any given individual can only be determined through a consultation with the plastic surgeon.