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What is an Arm Lift?

The upper arms are prone to excess fat and skin. Even with weight loss and exercise, due to loss of elasticity, the skin often does not retract resulting in excess overhanging skin. An arm lift is a surgical procedure that removes excess tissue to contour the upper arm to create a more pleasing thin cylindrical shape.

Arm Lift

Why is an arm lift performed?

  • An arm lift is performed to contour the upper arm to create a more aesthetically pleasing cylindrical shape

  • In patients with massive weight loss, the excess skin can irritate the surrounding tissue and cause chronic infections. An arm lift can remove this excess skin and help alleviate this irritation


Types of Brachioplasty:

There are several types of arm lift procedures which can include liposuction alone, excision alone or a combination of both. The incision can be placed within the underarm or along the long axis of the upper arm depending on where tissue needs to be excised. Dr. Diaconu can help design the best treatment plan for you based on your individual aesthetic goals and physical characteristics.


How to prepare:

  • Stable weight

  • Smoking cessation

  • Avoid blood thinning medications


What to expect:

  • Most patients go home the same day of surgery

  • You will have a compression wrap to assist with post-operative swelling. Depending on the excision size you may have a drain in each arm

  • You will be encouraged to walk at home and to refrain from strenuous activity for 4 to 6 weeks

  • By one week, most patients have minimal discomfort and can return to work if no strenuous activity is required. At this time the drains are usually removed

  • Over the next several weeks, your swelling will improve. During this time, you are encouraged to wear a compression garment

  • The final scar takes up to 9 to 12 months to mature. You will be given detailed instructions on how to minimize scar appearance

  • Dr. Diaconu will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions and will meet with you regularly throughout your entire recovery

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