Weight changes, age, and heredity can lead to upper arms that become droopy or saggy. Although exercise and lifting weights may strengthen and improve underlying muscle tone, it can’t address excess skin, underlying localized fat deposits, weakened tissue.
What is an Arm Lift?
An arm lift, also called a Brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that can help reshape the underside of the upper arm. It can:
• Reduce excess, sagging skin
• Tighten and smooth the underlying supportive tissues that define the shape of the upper arm
In general, it uses incisions to gain access to the underlying tissues, which are removed or tightened through sutures. This procedure can remove stretch marks if they are located at the skin that will be trimmed away.
Who is a candidate?
You may be a good candidate for an arm lift in Grand Rapids if:
• Your weight is relatively stable and you are not significantly overweight
• You are healthy and have no medical condition that could impair healing or increase your risk of surgery
• You’re a non-smoker
• You have a positive outlook and realistic goals
A consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dodde is the best way to determine if you can benefit from an arm lift procedure.
What is the procedure like?
Because this procedure is surgical, anesthesia is required. After it’s administered, a pre-determined incision is made (they are usually placed within the inner arm, back of arm, or within the armpit) and the underlying tissues are removed or tightened. The incision is then discreetly closed with sutures. Dr. Dodde can determine the best incision type for your body during your consultation.
What about recovery?
Downtime will be required, since this is an invasive procedure. To avoid complication, be sure to follow any care steps given by Dr. Dodde, which might include managing drains, bandages, and compressive garments. Your recovery timeframe will depend on how extensive your procedure is, but you’ll need to be sure and avoid any extensive lifting or activity during the first week. You can expect swelling and bruising during your recovery process, but this usually subsides, especially with regular use of prescribed medications.
To get the best out of your arm lift results, be sure to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, since an arm lift doesn’t ensure against future weight gain. If you are in the Grand Rapids, Holland, or Saugatuck area and have more questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dodde, contact our office.