Patients seeking an arm tuck, otherwise known as brachioplasty, have noticed significantly loosened upper arm skin. This can be a result of weight loss or normal aging. An arm lift removes the excess skin and fat, leaving the upper arms with a tighter contour. The incision extends from the elbow to the underarm, and sometimes onto the side of the chest. In some instances, liposuction can be used alone or in conjunction with an arm lift to remove excess fat in the upper arms.
Brachioplasty is a procedure that aims to re-shape the upper arm. The surgery usually focuses on the removal of fat deposits and loose skin in the under-side of this region. Surgeons begin this procedure with an incision that can extend from the upper arm to the elbow. Fat removal in this process is often accomplished through liposuction. When all fat is removed, the skin is smoothed out and material underneath reshaped. The incision is then stitched up and the patient is due back in a couple weeks for removal of the stitches. Depending on certain variables, the surgery can last between 60 – 120 minutes. The patient will notice immediate results, although swelling and bruising may persist for several weeks. The patient can expect to return to normal activities within 7 days. Pain medication will be prescribed.