Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
An arm lift is a surgical procedure that works to reduce extra skin and fat in order to give the arm a more slender definition. Exercise helps to improve the underlying musculature but is hard-pressed to remove excess skin or stubborn fat.
"I think from the moment I had the surgery, my confidence returned. I’m so proud of my arms and keep showing them off. I can’t wait to go on holiday in October and be able to dress for the weather rather than hiding in a cardigan in 40-degree heat."
A McIndoe Centre Patient
Why You May Need an Arm Lift
Saggy skin can be caused by the natural ageing process, which means that skin loses its elasticity and becomes droopy. Fat distribution and the way in which your body stores it own fat could also be a driving factor. Periods of weight loss and weight gain in both men and women can also contribute to the effects of loose, pendulous skin.
What Does Arm Lift Surgery Involve?
Arm lift/reduction surgery can involve one or both two key surgeries- liposuction and/or skin excision. Liposuction is singularly successful if there are large amounts of extra fat. This typically works best in younger patients whose skin is more likely to ‘bounce back’. During liposuction, a discreet incision is made by the surgeon enabling him to remove the fat and begin to contour and sculpt the arm.
If you have slim arms without any extra fat- just loose, empty skin, then skin reduction is most suitable as there is no fat to remove in the first place. Your surgeon will most likely draw an ellipse from your elbow up to your armpit, placed as discreetly as possible to minimise the visibility of scarring.
The above are examples of two ends of the spectrum and not suitable options for all; most patients will need a combination of both liposuction and skin reduction to reduce fat deposits and loose skin. Your surgeon will carefully assess you and make various skin markings to produce symmetrical and slim arms. Your arms will be bandaged to help reduce the swelling and bruising.