Arm Lift in Scottsdale, AZ

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About Arm Lift Surgery

One big challenge when losing weight or getting older is dealing with excess skin. At Forma Plastic Surgery, we offer arm lift surgery (or brachioplasty) as an intervention for patients who cannot tone or tighten the arm with exercise and diet. Excess skin from the elbow to the upper arm is very common. Often called "bat wings," arm lift surgery effectively removes this hanging skin. At Forma Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ, our plastic surgeons have years of experience in performing skin tightening and fat removal surgeries. If you would like to hear more about how brachioplasty can shape your upper arms, please schedule an appointment with us.

What to Expect with Arm Lift Surgery

An arm lift uses advanced techniques to reduce the extra skin and contour the arms. If you avoid sleeveless clothing because of your flabby arms and you prefer them to look healthy and fit again, an arm lift may work well for you. You should be in overall good health so your skin can recover properly. We highly recommend being at or close to your ideal weight before undergoing this surgery.

Typically, your upper arm lift surgery will be performed as an outpatient treatment unless we combine it with other plastic surgeries, like a mommy makeover or tummy tuck. An upper arm lift is typically performed with the patient under general anesthesia and may require several hours to complete. The sagging skin is surgically excised, starting at the elbow up to the armpit. We try to conceal the incision as best as possible, but arm surgery will leave a visible scar. Sometimes, patients may need liposuction to achieve their desired results. After tightening the skin, our plastic surgeons suture it in place. You will need to keep the incisions clean, bandaged, and supported with compression garments.

Recovery takes around two weeks with lots of arm elevation and rest. During this time, you should let your body heal. You use your arms for more than you think so you will need to ease back into everyday activities. For at least a month (4 – 5 weeks), we recommend avoiding all exercise and strenuous activity except for frequent, short walks. As you heal, Forma Plastic Surgery offers an array of scar management options such as silicone sheeting, scar gels and microneedling treatments to assist in minimizing the appearance of the scars.

Get Back Your Shape

No matter what you call your droopy skin or the "chicken wings" under your upper arms, our plastic surgeons look at it as an opportunity to improve your confidence and finish your final weight loss goal. If you're at or close to a healthy, stable weight and still can't lose the skin and flab that hangs on your upper arms, please contact us and schedule a private consultation with the team at Forma Plastic Surgery. Arm lift surgery can help you feel fitter and younger.

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