What is an arm lift?

An arm lift, or Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to correct sagging skin of the upper arms. Many individuals have a genetic predisposition to have excess sagging skin of the upper arms. Many patients would benefit from the less invasive his liposuction (sculpting) of the arms; however, large weight loss and loss of elasticity with aging contribute significantly to this problem. Brachioplasty reduces excess skin and fat, reshaping the arm for a smoother contour and a more well-toned and proportioned appearance of the arms.

Who would be a good candidate for Brachioplasty?

If you are embarrassed to wear short sleeve or sleeveless shirts because the underside of your upper arms are loose or sagging, then an arm lift may be for you.

  • A non-smoker
  • Generally healthy
  • Stable weight
  • Significant upper arm skin laxity

There will be visible scarring along the back of the arm, so if scarring is something that you do not want, then consider a different procedure like liposuction.

What does the procedure involve?

An arm lift takes 2-3 hours to perform. At Nouveau Jeunesse, we perform this procedure using tumescent technique and oral sedation to avoid the risks of general anesthesia.

Length and pattern of the incisions depends on the amount and location of the skin to be removed. They are generally along the inside or back of the arm and may extend into the underarm and/or just above the elbow.

What will the recovery be like?

Following your surgery, your arms will be wrapped in elastic bandages or special compression sleeves to help minimize swelling. For most patients, anticipation of being off work for 2 weeks is recommended, mostly due to the lack of mobility and post-operative discomfort of the arms. Prescription pain medication is available after surgery to alleviate discomfort.

This surgery requires many sutures. There are layers of internal dissolvable stitches that are reabsorbed over time. Others, on the surface of the skin are removed within 1-2 weeks.

Your arm will have a scar and may feel tight. As with any surgical incision, there is a risk of infection, usually superficial, and some people may form hypertrophic or excessive scarring. Scars continue to remodel over the next year, so improved appearance of the arm over time is usual.

Your improved contour will be more apparent once the swelling and bruising has subsided and your results will continue to improve over the next 6-9 months. However, substantial weight gain will alter your otherwise permanent result.