Losing weight or growing older can lead to loose skin under your upper arms. Arm lift surgery, also called brachioplasty, can tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissue.
Arm lift surgery can be done with several different incision patterns. Depending on the amount and location of your excess skin, the surgeon may make an incision along the inside of your arm or along the back of your arm. This incision may extend from your underarm to just above your elbow, or somewhere in between.
With the incision made, the surgeon will cut away excess fat or remove it with liposuction. The supporting tissue inside your arm will be tightened and reshaped, and your skin will be smoothed over your arm’s new contour. Excess skin will be removed.
Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to care for your incision as it heals. This may include an elastic bandage around your arm to minimize swelling, and medications to help relieve pain and avoid infection. Most people recover from arm lift surgery in about four to six weeks. Patients can help ensure their results are long-lasting with a healthy diet and exercise.
As with any cosmetic medical procedure, results vary from patient to patient.