Arm Lift

Arm Lift

Arm Lift Overview

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to correct sagging upper arms. While diet and exercise can tone the underlying muscle, changes in weight, aging, and genetic factors can cause fat deposits and excess skin to develop. During the surgery, incisions are made on the inside of the arm. Dr. Vallecillos uses liposuction to remove excess fat from the area, and if necessary, will excise extra skin, re-draping the remaining skin to give the arm a new slimmer, firmer appearance.

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  1. Preparation: To prepare for an arm lift, you should abstain from taking any medications that act as blood thinners (such as aspirin) during the two weeks before surgery. If you smoke, you will be advised to quit for at least two weeks before and after the procedure. The surgeon may also advise that you take certain supplements to minimize post-operative bruising and swelling. Medical clearance by an independent physician is necessary for patients over the age of 45.
  2. Anesthesia: Most patients receive general anesthesia before undergoing the surgery, although it is possible to use a local anesthetic with intravenous sedation.
  3. There are several techniques that may be used for an arm lift, depending on the severity of the condition and the patient’s individual circumstances. The size and placement of the incisions will depend on which method is deemed necessary to achieve the best results. Dr. Vallecillos will discuss beforehand which option is best for you.

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Once the incisions are made, liposuction may first be utilized to remove any excess fat deposits. During this process, a canulla (a thin, hollow metal tube attached to a vacuum pump) will be inserted through the incisions to loosen and extract fat cells from the arm.Once the fat is removed, the underlying tissue is tightening and the skin is re-draped to create a smooth and firm appearance.

Arm Lift FAQs

Who is a candidate for an arm lift?

You should consider an arm lift if you are an adult and suffer from under arms that sag due to fat deposits and loose skin.

What is the recovery time for an arm lift?

Immediately after surgery, you should expect some swelling and bruising on the arms, which will last for about two weeks. Resting and elevating the arms as much as possible will help to alleviate some of the swelling. Stitches will be removed within a week after the procedure. Patients are advised to wait until a week has passed after surgery to shower and should be able to return to work and normal activities within 2-3 weeks. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should not be attempted until clearance has been given by Dr. Vallecillos.

Are there risks or side effects with an arm lift?

Like any surgery, an arm lift is accompanied by a slight risk of infection. You may also experience some swelling of the hands. No matter which procedure technique is used, there will be some scarring, though Dr. Vallecillos will minimize this as much as possible. Though rare, there is also a risk of hematoma.

How long do the results last?

The results of an arm lift are long-lasting. You can prolong results by following a healthy lifestyle and exercise regimen to maintain tone in the arm muscles.

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