When flabby upper arms persist despite your best efforts to lift weights and exercise, Brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery, performed by New Haven Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Beth Collins may help you achieve a slimmer, more toned look.
Who Should Get an Arm Lift?
An arm lift can benefit men and women of any age who have loose, hanging skin in the upper arm area. Most commonly, arm lift surgery is sought by patients who have experienced significant weight loss and are left with stretched arm skin that creates a “bat wing” look.
What Does an Arm Lift Do?
In order to remove extra skin flaps from the upper arms, Dr. Collins will make incisions on the underside of the arms, usually from armpit to elbow. This allows her to trim away loose skin and sculpt underlying tissues to reveal shapelier upper arms with more apparent and better-defined muscle contours.
After Arm Lift Surgery: What Should I Expect?
Recovery after an arm lift is usually one to two weeks, and most patients can return to work within the first week after surgery. Compression sleeves should be worn to minimize swelling during the first few weeks of the recovery period and Dr. Collins’ arm lift post-op instructions should be closely followed. Over the next several weeks to months, scars will fade and should be protected from sun exposure to prevent darkening.
Related Procedures and Arm Lift Alternatives
Surgical skin tightening is the only effective way to address excess skin in the upper arms. Although some non-surgical treatments may help tighten mildly sagging skin, there are no arm lift alternatives that can address any significant amount of loose, hanging skin.
It is common for patients who desire an arm lift to seek liposuction to further improve upper arm contours by reducing excess fat deposits in the arm area in addition to addressing excess skin. Arm lift patients may also benefit from other procedures that address excess skin elsewhere on the body, including tummy tuck surgery, thigh lift or body lift. This is typically due to the fact that excess skin in the arms is often caused by dramatic weight loss, which can leave loose, stretched skin all over the body.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and body contouring specialist Dr. Beth Collins routinely sees Connecticut arm lift patients from New Haven and the surrounding areas of East Haven, West Haven, Madison, Branford and Guilford who want to get rid of bat wings and achieve slimmer, firmer upper arms. If you’re interested in arm lift surgery, please call or email Dr. Collins to arrange a consultation.