Brachioplasty or Arm Lift
A brachioplasty, or arm lift, tightens and reshapes the upper arm. An arm lift may be appropriate if you have loose or hanging skin or excess fat in the upper arm despite toning exercises.
If your skin tone is good, reshaping the upper arm can sometimes be done with liposuction alone. In patients who have loose, hanging skin resulting from weight loss or aging, an incision can be made from the axilla (armpit) along the inner arm to remove the excess skin.
Brachioplasty is done under general anesthesia and can be an outpatient procedure. It may require an overnight stay if combined with other procedures. Your arms will be wrapped for the first few days after surgery, and light activity can be resumed 1-2 days after surgery. There will be bruising and swelling for 1-2 weeks after surgery, and the final appearance of your arms will continue to improve for 6-8 weeks.
The process of changing your lifestyle and losing a significant amount of weight is a long journey which often ends in a fitter and healthier version of yourself but still not quite the body you wish you had. Body contouring surgery can remove the excess skin and reveal the body you have worked so hard to achieve.
-Claire Duggal, MD