What is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is done to eliminate excess skin and fat pockets and tighten the overall tissue of the upper arm. Changes in weight, age, and hereditary can cause the upper arms to droop, and sag, which cannot be corrected through exercise alone.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Adults who are living with upper arms skin laxity, whose weight is stable, and who are non-smokers can benefit from an arm lift. Patients should be committed to a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain results from their arm lift procedure. You will be able to discuss your overall aesthetic goals with Dr. Howland during your consultation.

What to Expect

The incision pattern and length used during your arm lift procedure will depend on the location and the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. Incisions are typically placed inside of the arm or on the back of the arm, and extend from the underarm region to above the elbow. Liposuction may be used to eliminate excess fat. Incisions will then be closed with sutures.

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Following surgery, patients will need to wear a compression garment as directed. Mild to moderate discomfort may occur, which can be controlled with pain medication. Bruising and swelling may also occur. Patients should avoid strenuous activities for the first month after surgery. Patients should be able to return to their normal activities after six weeks.

Arm lift surgery patients will experience visible scars along the insides of their arms. However, many patients report that the increase in self-confidence and ability to wear clothing more comfortably outweighs the con of having scars.

If you are interested in eliminating excess skin from your upper arms with arm lift surgery, contact our Salt Lake City office today! We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.