For a woman, one of the most irritating areas where the skin loosens and sags as we age is the upper arms. Especially living in Gainesville with our great weather, who wants to have to avoid wearing sleeveless blouses because we don’t want our upper arms to swing back and forth like pendulums!
An arm lift with Dr. Gaines can make you want to show off your upper arms.
What is an arm lift?
You’ve probably heard the term “bat wings” used to describe the phenomenon of loose upper arm skin. The underside of the upper arms can become downright flappy with advancing age. And no matter how many triceps exercises you throw at them, often your upper arm skin won’t respond. This is especially true if you’ve gained and lost a fair amount of weight. As we age, the skin simply won’t recover to its former degree of tautness.
Clinically called brachioplasty, an arm lift is the surgical procedure where Dr. Malamet removes unwanted fat and excess skin from the upper arms and the area adjacent to the armpits. The result is upper arms that are firmer and more contoured, upper arms you’ll proudly put on display in a sleeveless blouse!
Who should get an arm lift?
An arm lift could be a good procedure for you if you have loose, excess, or sagging skin on your upper arms that doesn’t respond to exercise. Or, if you’ve lost lots of weight, yet the excess skin on your upper arms didn’t go away with the weight, an arm lift can help.
An incision is made on either the bottom of your arm or the backside. It runs from the elbow to the armpit. Dr. Gaines will usually use liposuction to remove excess fat, while tightening the underlying muscles and removing excess skin. If you don’t have too much excess skin, he may opt to perform a minimal incision arm lift, which uses only small incisions near the underarm area to tighten the upper arm. With either method, when the procedure is complete, you’ll go home with compression garments around your upper arms to help them adapt to their new tighter contour.
Most arm lift patients return to work after one week and can resume normal exercise and activity within a month. Swelling can last, on and off for up to a couple months. Scars will fade over the next 18 months to where they will not be overly noticeable.