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Arm lift surgery is intended to treat excess skin that has developed on the upper arms. This extra skin often accumulates as a result of extreme weight loss and the aging process, and its appearance can make patients feel extremely self-conscious when wearing tank tops or raising the arms up above the head. Kennesaw arm lift surgeons Marcus Crawford and Steven Bailey perform the brachioplasty procedure to remove excess fatty tissue and tighten the skin on the arms.
Arm Lift Techniques
If you have amassed excess fat and skin on the arms, you are not alone. More than 15,000 men and women underwent arm lift surgery in 2010, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Our surgeons performs four types of arm surgery on our patients; the approach that is employed for your surgery will depend on the amount of correction that is needed.
- Liposuction: The liposuction technique can be performed if you have excess fat on the arms, but are not in need of any skin removal. This approach results in the least amount of scarring. However, if you have loose skin in addition to the excess fat, you are not a good candidate for the liposuction procedure alone.
- Mini Arm Lift: The mini arm lift is ideal if you have developed mild skin laxity of the arms. During surgery, an incision is made in the armpit, and a small amount of fat and skin is removed. The skin is then tightened, and the incisions are closed.
- Arm Lift: The traditional arm lift procedure is designed for those that have a moderate amount of excess skin on the arms. The downside is that it involves more scarring; the incision in the armpit extends down the arm toward the elbow, allowing our surgeons to remove a larger amount of skin and tissue.
Arm Lift Recovery
If you undergo arm lift surgery, you may need to use a small surgical drain for a few days following surgery. It is also recommended that you wear a compression garment for up to six weeks after surgery. In most cases, you can expect to return to work in one to two weeks. You should avoid exercise and heavy lifting for four to six weeks after surgery. Ideal results are seen two to three months after surgery.
Arm Lift Side Effects and Risks
The side effects associated with arm lift surgery are temporary and include pain, swelling, and bruising. The more serious risks of surgery include infection, significant pain, bleeding, wound healing problems, blood clots, and fluid collections. If you experience any problems after surgery, be sure to be in touch with our practice.
Arm Lift Consultations
If you are interested in undergoing brachioplasty surgery, contact the practice arm lift surgeons Marcus Crawford and Steven Bailey to schedule your consultation with us.