Arm Lift

Author: Dr. Gordon Sasaki

If the underside of your upper arms has sagging fat and skin, an upper arm lift may be the best procedure for you. The conditions that lead to loss of elasticity in the skin are most often from aging, heredity, and significant weight changes. In some cases, there are excess deposits of fat within the loose skin, which contribute to the bat-wing appearance. During a physical examination and a discussion of your expectations at his Pasadena plastic surgery practice, Dr. Sasaki will provide specific information about brachioplasty (arm lift surgery) to help address your concerns.

A heavy, drooping, drape-like appearance (bat-wing) in the upper arms that occasionally extends down to the lateral breast mound may make you self-conscious and may limit the type of apparel you may wish to wear. Exercise programs to strengthen the underlying muscles will improve tone but will not significantly change the excess skin and localized fat deposits in your arms. Slimming down frequently does not affect fat under the arms and increases the amount of skin looseness after volume loss. In order to improve the appearance of droopy, sagging arms, an arm lift may be your best option.

The Arm Lift Procedure

For patients with a small amount of excess skin, the arm lift incision extends horizontally along the crease (axillary) line of the armpit. A small ellipse of loose skin can then be removed and its edge advanced towards the axillary line. With more skin, the incision may extend from the underarm to the elbow and down to the lateral breast mound, the length of which is dependent on the amount and position of the excess skin to be removed. When excess fat is planned to be removed, a direct excision of fat and skin or liposuction can effectively contour the shape of the underarm.

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Dr. Gordon H. Sasaki

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Recovering from Brachioplasty

After your arm lift surgery is completed, an elastic dressing or compression garment is applied to reduce swelling and support the arm as you heal. There may be a temporary drain tube to remove fluid collections. Dr. Sasaki will explain the entire procedure and provide you with specific instructions to ensure that your surgery is a safe and successful one. He will discuss the possible risks of an arm lift, including excessive and thickened scars, irregular and asymmetric shapes, delayed healing, bleeding, and infection. His staff will prescribe pain and antibiotic medications prior to your surgery.

Are you ready to discover all the ways Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center in Pasadena can enhance your appearance and confidence? Request a consultation using our online form or call  (626) 796-3373 for an appointment.

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