An upper arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure used to tighten the excess skin of the upper arm. It reduces the loose skin that forms under the arms, typically from the elbow to upper arm and eliminates the dreaded bat wing appearance.

While exercise or nutrition works on the muscles of the upper arm, it has very little effect on the loose, sagging skin. An upper arm lift, in such cases, becomes necessary to reduce the flabby skin to reshape the arm and improve its contours.

The Benefits of an Upper Arm Lift Surgery

• The procedure can reduce excess skin that droops downwards.
• It improves the contours of the arm, giving you the toned and aesthetically pleasing upper arm that you have always desired.
• It can help restore skin elasticity and as a result, improves the contours of the upper arm region.
• The procedure can help make the tissues and tendons more supportive, which will not only shape your arm, but will also help you achieve better results from the exercises you use to tone your arms.
• It can make your arms more proportionate to your whole body and will complement your physical structure.
• The procedure will restore your confidence and help you feel more comfortable in your own body.

Ideal Upper-Arm Lift Candidates

You will make an ideal candidate for the procedure if:

• You have lost a significant amount of weight through exercise or a weight loss regimen, resulting in excess skin in the upper arm region that droops downwards
• You have normal body weight, but have excess sagging skin in the upper arm with substantial skin laxity.
• You have loose skin under the upper arm that makes it disproportionate to the body.

This procedure can be extremely beneficial for those who have a problem eliminating the excess skin in the upper arm region. If you’re looking to undergo the treatment to reduce the flabby skin, you should find an experienced surgeon to help you find out if you’re a good candidate.

What to Expect During The Procedure

An incision is made on the upper arm to remove the excess skin and fat. The length of the incision depends entirely on the amount of skin that needs to be removed from the target area. Once the skin is removed, the underlying tissue is reshaped to tighten the contours of the arm. And finally, the skin is smoothed to give it a rejuvenated texture. Most of the stitches dissolve on their own; however, the non-absorbing stitches need to be removed a few days after the procedure.

Types of Brachioplasty

There are different types of brachioplasty techniques, such as traditional brachioplasty, minimal incision brachioplasty, fish-incision brachioplasty, liposuction of the arms, extended brachioplasty, use of molds, superficial fascial system suspension, and non-excisional brachioplasty. Depending on your individual needs and the amount of skin that needs to be removed, your surgeon will create a customized plan and choose a technique that works best for you.

The results provided by the brachioplasty are noticeable immediately after the surgery; however, the full effect of the surgery can only be noticed once the arm recovers completely. With a healthy lifestyle, you will be able to maintain the long-term benefits of an upper arm lift.

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