Weight loss and the natural aging process can cause the skin on the upper arms to become loose, causing the dreaded “bat wing” appearance. An arm lift can remove excess upper arm skin and fat to create a slimmer arm appearance for a boost in confidence!
Both men and women who are at a normal weight but are experiencing underarm laxity or those who have lost a significant amount of weight and are left with excess upper-arm skin and fat can benefit from an arm lift. Those who are healthy, at a stable weight, and have realistic expectations for the outcomes of their procedure are often good candidates. However, a consultation with Dr. Fichadia is needed to determine candidacy.
The arm lift procedure entails incisions being placed on the inside of the arm, extending from the underarm to just above the elbow. Excess fat may be reduced with liposuction. Liposuction alone is an option if the skin has enough elasticity to shrink after the fat is removed. Underlying tissues will be tightened and reshaped, and the skin smoothed over the new arm contour. Incisions are then closed with absorbable sutures.
Arm lift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, and you may go home one to two hours after your surgery concludes. After an arm lift, compression garments are worn to reduce swelling. Activities that would raise blood pressure should be avoided for the first week, as this could increase bleeding at the treatment site. However, walking is encouraged to assist with healing. Heavy lifting, jogging, and contact sports should be avoided for up to six weeks. After about six weeks, you should be able to resume your normal activities.
Individuals in the Portland area can contact our office today to schedule an arm lift consultation with Dr. Fichadia. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.