For patients with loose, hanging skin of the upper arms, a Brachioplasty (or arm lift) can be the best option to tighten and reshape the skin. Incisions are kept on the inner aspect of the upper arms and arranged from longer incisions to shorter, more limited incisions within the underarm area to reduce mild amounts of laxity. Brachioplasty is often combined with Liposuction to enhance the shape and overall results.
Patients will feel sore after surgery and there will be some degree of bruising and swelling. A tight compression garment is worn post-operatively to reduce swelling and improve contour. Incisions are typically closed with a medical grade adhesive to avoid stitch marks and improve scar quality. Oral pain medication is used post operatively and most patients return to work within one-week. More strenuous activities can be undertaken between 4 to 6 weeks.