For patients who have stubborn fat pockets or who recently underwent weight loss, it can feel embarrassing to wear tank tops or sleeveless shirts during warmer weather. Often, excess fat or stretched skin in the upper arms can create the appearance of ‘wings’ that do not respond to toning or weight exercises. In this case, an arm lift procedure can tighten and lift the upper arms for a fit, contoured look.
Many patients who opt for arm lift procedures have found their diet and exercise regimen does not reduce saggy skin and fat in the upper arms. In many cases, these things require a surgical procedure for best results. Additionally, an arm lift procedure can be a beneficial part of post-weight loss surgery to remove excess skin. Some women also opt for brachioplasty as part of a mommy makeover. Overall, an arm lift is one of the most effective ways to restore and recontour the arms by removing excess fat and skin.
The best candidates for an arm lift procedure with Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir have excess skin and fat in the upper arms that does not respond to diet and exercise. In general, candidates should be in overall good health and able to undergo surgery. You should be at or near your ideal weight in order to get the most long-term results from your arm lift. During a consultation with our plastic surgeons, you will discuss your medical history and any other options that can benefit your body and weight loss goals.
There are a few different factors to consider when it comes to your arm lift procedure with Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir. You will discuss each of these at length during your consultation.
There are three types of incisions that can be used to achieve your cosmetic goals. These include:
- Inner Arm Incision
- Back of Arm Incision
- Minimal Incision (within the armpit)
One of these might be more suited for your goals and anatomy than the other, and your plastic surgeon can recommend the right kind. You can be assured that each of these is easily concealable with clothing or the natural contours of your arms, and we can recommend scar treatments as needed.
Sometimes, liposuction can be a valuable addition to your arm lift procedure. This can help to reduce fat in the surrounding areas, as well as reducing fat pockets that contribute to ‘wings’ in the upper arms. Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir can recommend your best options during your consultation.
After surgery, you can expect to take at least one week off work or social engagements, during which you should avoid heavy lifting or straining. It is important to wear compression garments during this time to reduce swelling and help the skin adhere to the new contours. You will also be prescribed medications to reduce swelling and discomfort. During your follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon, you will receive instructions on how to proceed with your activity levels and recovery. Over the months following your procedure, you will see your final results begin to emerge as swelling resolves and your new contours emerge.
Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir are premier, board-certified plastic surgeons with over 20 years of experience in producing excellent results. To begin discussing your options for surgical lift procedures and plan your arm lift, contact our Phoenix office by calling or filling out our online form.