An arm lift tightens and contours the upper arm by removing excess skin and bulk that can be the result of aging or significant weight loss. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Cooper performs upper arm lift surgery in Jupiter, Florida at High Point Plastic Surgery. Dr. Cooper specializes in body contouring using the techniques he refined as an attending surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital with a Harvard Medical School appointment.
Learn more about the arm lift procedure and Dr. Cooper’s Palm Beach Gardens-area practice in South Florida, by requesting a consultation online. You can also call our office at 561-509-1606 to schedule an appointment.
“Brachioplasty is a highly rewarding procedure, especially for massive weight loss patients. Minimizing visible scarring is a priority, as is reshaping the upper arm in a way that looks sleek, yet natural and harmonious with the rest of the body.”
What Is an Arm Lift?
An upper arm lift removes excess skin and fat that can accumulate with age, or that can remain after massive weight loss. The procedure is designed to create a slimmer, firmer appearance in the upper arms. If you’re considering an upper arm lift or any other plastic surgery after significant weight loss, it’s important to maintain a stable weight for at least 3 to 6 months before the procedure.
An arm lift, also called brachioplasty, is typically performed using general anesthesia.
Customizing Your Procedure
Dr. Cooper determines the placement and length of the incision for your arm lift based on his physical assessment of your skin’s elasticity, the amount of excess skin, and where most of the skin is located (whether it’s closer to the armpit or to the elbow). The goal is to make the incision as inconspicuous as possible without compromising the desired cosmetic results. There are several options to consider for an arm lift:
- Liposuction: Patients with very elastic skin may benefit from liposuction alone to slim the upper arms.
- Limited-incision arm lift: Select patients be candidates for a procedure requiring a shorter incision if the laxity and bulk is concentrated in the area closer to the armpit.
- Standard arm lift: Individuals with sagging excess skin that extends toward the elbow generally need a longer incision to tighten the tissues and get optimal results.
There is a reason Dr. Jason Cooper is regarded as one of South Florida’s premier plastic surgeons; the consistently beautiful results that only a specialist with his experience and training can get.
What to Expect
The recovery following an upper arm lift likely will take a few weeks. You will need to take 1 to 2 weeks off work, depending on how physical your job is. Following the detailed postoperative instructions provided by Dr. Cooper helps you heal as quickly and comfortably as possible. The exact nature of recovery after an arm lift varies from patient to patient, but here are some general guidelines to keep in mind:
Immediately after surgery: You will be discharged after you’ve recovered from the general anesthesia, and you’ll need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours. Although you will want to rest after returning home, it’s important to walk around periodically to boost your circulation and help the healing process. Prescription pain relief medication will help control any discomfort you have.
First week after surgery: Expect bruising, swelling, and soreness to peak during the first 48 hours before beginning to diminish. You may have an elastic wrap around your arm to reduce post-operative swelling. Sleeping with your arms elevated to the extent possible will help to reduce swelling. Continue walking for exercise and follow good incision care as directed by Dr. Cooper.
First several weeks after surgery: Avoid heavy lifting, jogging, or any other strenuous activities for at least a month. Exercising should be resumed slowly and sensibly, especially when the arms are involved.