For many people, the arms are an area of the body they wish to hide due to sagging, droopy skin and excess fat (also known as “batwings.”) For some, the arms can begin to display this appearance over time with age. Others are genetically dispositioned to have loose arms. People who have lost a significant amount of weight can find it impossible to tighten the sagging skin on the arms.
An arm lift is a viable solution for this.
How does an arm lift work?
Also known as a brachioplasty, an arm lift is a is a cosmetic surgery procedure that reduces fat and droopy skin in the area of the upper arm. Further, it helps to smooth and tighten the supportive tissue of the arms for a more toned appearance.
The treatment is customized to the patient’s needs and involves both removal of excess skin and liposuction if needed. Dr. Andrew Lofman begins with a small incision on the back or side of the arm. If necessary, liposuction can strategically remove pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Next, he removes extra skin and pulls remaining skin into place before stitching back up.
The treatment is performed under general anesthesia to keep you comfortable and overall takes a couple of hours. Dr. Lofman’s commitment to safety is his top priority, which is why his metro Detroit plastic surgery office uses only the most state-of-the-art tools and techniques. Most patients find they do not require prescription pain medication after several days.
Arm lift aftercare
An arm lift is a safe procedure and Dr. Andrew Lofman, a double board-certified plastic surgeon in Michigan, specializes in this treatment.
Following your arm lift, your arms will likely be bruised and swollen, which can last up to two weeks. Additionally, you will have some discomfort in the treated area that can be managed with prescription or over-the-counter medication.
After your treatment, you will need to keep your arms elevated for several days, so patients should plan on about at least week off from work and a month before any strenuous activities such as exercise. Patients typically regain normal function of arms after one to two weeks. Dr. Lofman will track your progress through a follow up visit and he and his staff are always available for any questions throughout your healing process.
Once healed, your arms will display a smoother, tighter, sleeker appearance and they will be more contoured. The scars will fade over time, but Dr. Lofman takes care to make them as discreet as possible.
If you are interested in an arm lift, contact Dr. Lofman today for your consultation.