Patients who experience quick weight loss following sleeve gastrectomy surgery and who develop bat-wing-like skin laxity in their arms with aging are typically candidates for arm lift surgery. People who complain about this condition frequently wear long sleeves to cover their arms.
Sports and exercise can help to tighten the muscles, but when the skin elasticity deteriorates and sags, sports cannot help to fix the problem.
Surgery known as a “arm lift” is performed to address upper arm sagging. During an arm lift procedure, the lower arm area is thinned with liposuction while the excess sagging skin is removed.
Why does the arm hang?
Due to the aging process, the effect of gravity, loss of skin elasticity and reduction of subcutaneous fat tissue, and rapid weight gain and loss of the skin, especially from the back and inner face of the upper arm towards the elbow, occur.
Am I Suitable for Arm Lift Surgery?
Men and women with loose upper arms, excess fat and excess skin may benefit from brachioplasty. This surgery may be suitable for:
People who have experienced excessive weight loss, including bariatric surgery (tube stomach surgery) patients
Older men and women with aging skin and loss of elasticity
Patients with loose arm skin that does not improve with diet and exercise efforts.
Arm Lift Surgery Techniques
Different procedures are available, depending on the amount of sagging skin and the desired appearance of the patient;
Scarless arm lift surgery(Arm Lift with Vaser Liposuction Method)
This treatment option is suitable for people with good skin elasticity, so that the skin will tighten itself after removing excess fat. It is important to perform liposuction with vaser liposuction and plasma j technology in order to tighten the skin after the surgery.
Short watch Arm Lift (mini arm lift surgery): All operations are performed from the armpit area, also known as “Invisible Arm Lift”. First, the arm is thinned by liposuction, and then the excess skin is pulled towards the armpit. Then the incision is closed in the armpit area. The scar remains completely under the armpit.
Standard Arm lift: It is the complete removal of excess skin and fat from the arm due to excessive loss of skin elasticity.
The incision scar extends from the armpit to just above the elbow. Since the operation is performed from the inner area of the arm, the scar is not visible when viewed from the front and back.
Extended view Arm lift surgery: There is an incision extending from the elbow to the upper arm along the armpit and along the lateral chest wall to the armpit where there is loose skin.
The standard arm stretch is extended from the armpit and continues on the chest sidewall. It is the technique applied in patients with excessive arm sagging.
During arm lift surgery, an incision is made along the inner arm from the armpit to the elbow. After this incision is made, liposuction can be used to remove excess fat and loose skin tissue is removed. The skin is then recovered using firming sutures.
Depending on the extent of the surgery, a drainage tube may be placed to help control bleeding and prevent fluid buildup. The operation is completed by applying a tight bandage to reduce swelling.
What is invisible arm lift surgery?
Invisible arm lift surgery, also known as arm liposuction or brachioplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the upper arms by removing excess fat, skin, and/or tightening loose or sagging skin.
The term “invisible arm lift” is not a standard medical or surgical term, and it may refer to different techniques or approaches used by different surgeons or clinics.
Arm liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that uses small incisions and a cannula (a thin tube) to remove excess fat from the upper arms, which can help improve the contour and shape of the arms.
It is typically performed on patients who have excess fat but minimal or no excess skin, and who desire a more toned and contoured appearance in the upper arms.
On the other hand, brachioplasty, or arm lift surgery, is a more extensive procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat from the upper arms, and sometimes also tightening the underlying muscles to improve the overall shape and contour of the arms.
It’s important to note that both arm liposuction and brachioplasty are surgical procedures that require proper evaluation and consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine the most appropriate approach based on an individual’s anatomy, goals, and overall health.
Recovery, risks, and outcomes can vary depending on the specific technique used, and it’s important to follow post-operative care instructions provided by the surgeon for optimal results.
Does arm lift leave a scar?
Yes, arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, typically leaves a scar. The length and location of the scar will depend on the extent of the surgery, the amount of excess skin and fat that needs to be removed, and the surgical technique used.
In a standard brachioplasty, the incision is usually made on the inner part of the upper arm, extending from the armpit to the elbow. The length of the incision will vary depending on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. The resulting scar will typically be along the inner arm and may be visible when the arms are uncovered.
In some cases, a limited or mini brachioplasty may be performed with a smaller incision, usually confined to the armpit or the upper arm near the armpit. This can result in a shorter scar that may be less noticeable, but it may not be suitable for patients with significant excess skin or fat in the upper arms.
It’s important to understand that scars are a natural part of the healing process after surgery, and while they may fade over time, they will generally be permanent. The appearance of the scar can also be influenced by factors such as individual healing characteristics, genetics, and proper scar care, as well as the skill and technique of the plastic surgeon.
It’s essential to have a thorough consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss the potential scarring and other risks associated with brachioplasty, as well as the benefits and expected outcomes of the procedure. Following the post-operative care instructions provided by the surgeon and maintaining regular follow-up visits can help optimize healing and minimize the visibility of the scar.
How long do arm lift results last?
The longevity of arm lift results, also known as brachioplasty, can vary depending on a variety of factors, including the individual’s age, genetics, lifestyle, weight fluctuations, and overall health. However, arm lift results are generally considered long-lasting and can provide permanent improvements to the contour and appearance of the upper arms.
The excess skin and fat that are removed during an arm lift are typically permanently removed, which means that the results can be long-lasting. However, it’s important to note that arm lift surgery does not halt the natural aging process or prevent changes that may occur due to weight fluctuations or other lifestyle factors after the surgery.
It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, to help maintain the results of an arm lift over the long term. Significant weight fluctuations or changes in overall health may affect the longevity of the results. It’s also important to follow any post-operative care instructions provided by the plastic surgeon and attend regular follow-up visits for evaluation and guidance.
In some cases, additional touch-up procedures or revisions may be needed over time to maintain or further enhance the results of an arm lift, particularly if there are changes in weight, body composition, or other factors.
It’s important to have realistic expectations about the longevity of arm lift results and discuss any concerns or questions with a board-certified plastic surgeon during a consultation.
What are the different types of arm lifts?
There are different types of arm lift
procedures, also known as brachioplasty, which are designed to address various concerns related to excess skin and fat in the upper arms.
The specific type of arm lift recommended for a patient will depend on the extent of the excess skin and fat, the desired results, and the patient’s individual anatomy. Here are some common types of arm lifts:
Standard Brachioplasty: This is the most common type of arm lift, also known as a full or traditional brachioplasty. It involves making an incision on the inner part of the upper arm, typically extending from the armpit to the elbow.
The excess skin and fat are removed, and the remaining skin is reshaped and tightened. This procedure is suitable for patients with significant excess skin and fat in the upper arms.
Mini or Limited Brachioplasty: This type of arm lift involves a smaller incision, usually confined to the armpit or the upper arm near the armpit. It is typically recommended for patients with mild to moderate excess skin and fat in the upper arms and can result in a shorter scar compared to a standard brachioplasty.
Extended Brachioplasty: This type of arm lift involves a longer incision that extends beyond the standard brachioplasty incision, usually along the side of the chest or the lateral chest wall. It is typically recommended for patients with significant excess skin and fat not only in the upper arms but also in the lateral chest or back area.
Liposuction-Assisted Brachioplasty: This type of arm lift combines liposuction with skin excision to remove excess fat and tighten the remaining skin.
It may be recommended for patients with mild to moderate excess fat in the upper arms and good skin elasticity. Limited-Incision Brachioplasty: Also known as a short-scar or minimal incision brachioplasty, this technique involves smaller incisions and less extensive skin excision. It may be recommended for patients with minimal excess skin and fat in the upper arms or those who prefer shorter scars.
The appropriate type of arm lift for an individual patient will depend on factors such as the amount of excess skin and fat, the desired results, and the patient’s overall health and anatomy. It’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine the most suitable arm lift technique for your specific needs.
Does fat come back after arm lift?
However, it’s important to note that arm lift surgery does not prevent new fat from accumulating in the arms or other areas of the body in the future, especially if there are changes in a patient’s lifestyle, such as weight gain or loss, changes in diet, or changes in physical activity levels.
While arm lift surgery can provide long-lasting results, it’s important for patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, to help maintain the results of the arm lift over time.
Weight management, healthy eating habits, and regular exercise can all play a role in helping to maintain the improved arm contour achieved through arm lift surgery. It’s also important to follow any post-operative instructions provided by the plastic surgeon to optimize healing and ensure the best possible outcomes. It’s worth noting that if a patient gains a significant amount of weight after arm lift surgery, it can potentially affect the results and lead to new areas of fat accumulation, including in the arms. Therefore, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and manage one’s weight after arm lift surgery to optimize long-term results.
It’s always best to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon for personalized advice and guidance based on your specific situation.
What happens after arm lift surgery?
After arm lift surgery, also known as brachioplasty, the recovery process typically involves several stages. The specifics of the recovery process may vary depending on the individual patient, the extent of the surgery, and the surgeon’s recommendations. Here is a general overview of what to expect after arm lift surgery:
Immediate post-operative period: Following arm lift surgery, patients are typically monitored in a recovery area until they are stable and ready to be discharged. Pain medications, dressings, and compression garments may be provided to manage discomfort, reduce swelling, and support healing.
Initial recovery at home: Once discharged, patients will need to carefully follow their surgeon’s instructions for post-operative care, including wound care, pain management, and activity restrictions.
Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are common during the initial recovery period, and patients should take prescribed medications as directed and avoid activities that can strain the arms or cause excessive movement.
Follow-up appointments: Patients will have follow-up appointments with their plastic surgeon to monitor healing, assess the results, and address any concerns or questions. The timing and frequency of these appointments may vary depending on the surgeon’s recommendations and the patient’s progress.
Gradual resumption of activities: As healing progresses, patients may gradually resume light activities, but should avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, or activities that could strain the arms for several weeks or as instructed by their surgeon.
The timeline for resuming normal activities may vary depending on the patient’s individual healing process and the extent of the surgery.
Scar management: Arm lift surgery will leave scars, typically along the inner aspect of the upper arms. Scar care, such as keeping the incisions clean, avoiding sun exposure, and using silicone sheets or other recommended scar treatment options, may be advised to help minimize scarring.
Long-term follow-up: While the initial recovery period may last several weeks to a few months, it’s important to maintain long-term follow-up with the plastic surgeon to monitor the results, address any concerns or complications, and ensure optimal outcomes.
It’s important to closely follow the post-operative instructions provided by the plastic surgeon and to reach out to them if there are any questions or concerns during the recovery process. Each patient’s recovery may vary, and it’s important to have realistic expectations about the timeline and process of healing after arm lift surgery.
Can you build muscle after arm lift?
Yes, it is possible to build muscle after arm lift surgery, but it should be done carefully and in consultation with your plastic surgeon. Arm lift surgery involves reshaping and removing excess skin
and/or fat from the upper arms, but it does not affect the underlying muscles. Therefore, after you have fully healed from arm lift surgery and have received clearance from your surgeon, you can engage in muscle-building exercises that target the arms, such as resistance training, weightlifting, or other forms of strength training.
It’s important to start gradually and follow a structured exercise program to avoid overexertion or strain on the surgical incisions.
You should consult with your plastic surgeon or a qualified fitness professional todev elop an appropriate exercise plan that takes into consideration your individual needs, health status, and recovery timeline. They can guide you on the types of exercises, intensity, and frequency that are safe and appropriate for you based on your specific arm lift surgery and recovery.
Additionally, it’s important to maintain a healthy and balanced diet to support muscle growth and overall wellness. Adequate protein intake, along with proper hydration and rest, are essential components of building muscle and supporting the healing process.
Remember, it’s crucial to follow your plastic surgeon’s post-operative instructions, including any guidelines related to exercise and physical activity, and to have open communication with your surgeon throughout your recovery journey to ensure the best outcomes.