As the body ages, it undergoes a series of changes. Many of these changes are superficial, and while these may not pose a serious risk to your health, they can cause your youthful appearance to fade. It’s not the most pleasant experience.

One of the most significant problems caused by aging is the appearance of sagging skin, which occurs as a result of reduced elasticity. Your skin starts to “settle,” resulting in wrinkles and folds.

This occurs prominently on the arms. More specifically, the skin under your arms starts to sag and you develop what is sometimes referred to as “bat wings.”

Loose skin under the arms can also occur due to rapid weight loss. People who lose weight rapidly don’t give enough time for their skin to readjust to the new shape. Therefore, they end up with excess skin.

Whatever the cause of the loose skin may be, the effect is the same – your youthful appearance fades. However, there are solutions to help you get rid of the loose skin and restore your original appearance. One such solution is a brachioplasty, or arm lift.

What Is an Arm Lift?

An arm lift is a surgical procedure where drooping upper arms can be tightened to restore their original appearance. The procedure involves removing excess skin and fat with the help of incisions made in the region.

Typically, the incisions are made in the armpit and stretch to the elbow. Local or general anesthesia will be administered at the start of the procedure in order to keep the patient comfortable.

Should You Come in for an Arm Lift?

There are certain basic requirements that a patient must meet to qualify for an arm lift. To begin with, the patient must not suffer from major medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or cholesterol, as they can hinder proper healing.

The patient must also be at an acceptable weight. More importantly, their weight must be stable. If there are regular fluctuations in weight, the procedure will not be carried out. This is because the skin will start to look bad when there are constant fluctuations in weight.

The Recovery Process

An arm lift is an outpatient procedure, which means you do not have to spend the night in the hospital. After the procedure, you will experience some mild bruising and swelling. However, this will subside in a matter of weeks.

You can return to your original routine in a few days, but you will have to avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks in order to allow the incisions to heal. This means that you cannot play sports or engage in heavy lifting or heavy exercise.

The results of the surgery are quite noticeable and are long-lasting, as long as your weight doesn’t fluctuate drastically. The contours of the arm look trim and fit, giving an overall impression of the patient being in better shape.

Contact Us to Schedule Your Consultation

Do you want sculpted arms? With the help of Dr. Larry Bundrick, an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, contoured arms can be yours. To make an appointment for a consultation, contact our office today.