If you are unhappy with how your arms look, you are not alone. When you lose a significant amount of weight, it’s normal to have excess skin. Unfortunately, your arms are one of the areas that can be significantly affected by weight changes. Your skin can stretch during pregnancy, weight gain, or just natural growth. Skin can then struggle to shrink back. This can result in excess and sagging skin. An arm lift can remove excess skin and leave your arms tight and smooth. Let’s break down everything you need to know about an arm lift.
What is an Arm Lift?
An arm lift is also known as an arm reduction or brachioplasty. The surgical procedure can banish ‘bingo wings’ and create shapelier arms. During the treatment, your surgeon will lift and tighten the upper arms to create a more contoured shape.
Although you can improve the appearance of the upper arm and build a more defined look, the underarm skin often doesn’t respond to exercise and diet. Whether you have excess skin after weight loss, drooping skin from ageing or excess fat deposits, an arm lift can smooth, tighten, and define your arms.
What Happens During Arm Lift Surgery?
The surgery takes up to two hours. Your surgeon will make an incision between the elbow and armpit and remove excess skin and fat. If more fat needs to be removed, your surgeon may use liposuction. The final stage involves tightening the skin and smoothing over the arm. The surgeon will then close the incisions and apply a sterile dressing.
Depending on the amount of skin and excess tissue removed, your scars may vary. There are different techniques for arm lift surgery:
- Standard – this technique uses two incisions and is suitable for someone with a fair amount of excess skin and fat.
- Limited-incision – this works best if you have loose skin in the lower inner arm but not too much fat.
- Extended – this technique is similar to the standard technique but can include the area along the side of the chest.
What are the Benefits of Arm Lift Surgery?
If you are at your target weight but left with excess underarm skin, it can really affect your confidence. Sometimes it feels like no matter what you do or eat, you can’t seem to improve the contours of your arms. Benefits of an arm lift include:
- Tighter arms
- No more bingo wings
- Wear sleeveless clothes with confidence
- Improve self-esteem
How Long Does it Take to Recover?
At Harley Clinic, your surgeon will discuss your treatment and recovery plan with you. You will need a few weeks to recover fully and properly heal from your procedure. You will feel sore following your surgery. Start walking as soon as you can after your surgery but avoid strenuous movement.
Don’t drive in the first 24 hours. Most people don’t drive until 10 days after surgery. If you work a desk job or something with minimal movement, you can return to work in a week. You may need a couple more weeks to recover for jobs that require a lot more movement.
In about one to two weeks, you should be able to use your arms for household activities such as cooking and cleaning. Avoid physical activity and exercise until six to eight weeks after the procedure.
What are the Potential Risks, Side Effects, and Complications of an Arm Lift?
Like all cosmetic surgeries, some potential risks and complications can occur. With most surgeries, there are risks, such as:
- blood clots
- Unfavourable scarring
Potential complications specific to an arm lift are:
You don’t have to settle with excess arm skin and fat. If you struggle to improve your underarm appearance, an arm lift may be just what you need.