any patients find themselves frustrated by stubborn fat and excess skin in the upper arms. They may be self-consious of their arms, hiding them in long-sleeved clothing and avoiding certain activities. In these cases, a brachioplasty (arm lift), liposuction, or both, will enhance the arm shape and restore confidence.
Approach to Arm Contouring
When devising a surgical plan for the arms, Dr. Zienowicz and Dr. Brower carefully consider each patient's unique anatomy. A “one size fits all” strategy is rarely effective. Depending on the patient’s arm size, shape, skin quality, and amount of skin excess, arm contouring may involve a brachioplasty (arm lift), liposuction, or both. Select patients are candidates for minimally invasive contouring or skin tightening procedures.
What does an Arm Lift do?
A brachioplasty (arm lift) removes the excess skin and fat from the upper arm, reducing the excess sagging skin that droops downward, while tightening and smoothing the underlying supportive tissue that defines the shape of the upper arm. Some patients have extra skin on the side of their chest, which can also be removed as part of the procedure.
What is Involved in the Procedure?
Arm contouring procedures are performed in our state-of-the-art, private operating room under general anesthesia. We only work with the finest anesthesia providers to ensure the safest, most comfortable experience possible. The operation takes several hours, but timing may vary depending on the complexity and whether it is combined with other procedures. Patients typically go home the same day. The surgical incisions are made on the inside of the upper arm. Their length depends on the amount of skin that needs to be removed. Dr. Zienowicz and Dr. Brower use the most advanced skin closure techniques and technology to ensure the finest, most inconspicuous scar possible, is achieved.
What is the Recovery Like?
Patients recover comfortably at home following the procedure. Gentle compression of the arms is essential to minimize swelling and promote quick healing. Patients are able to use their arms for most activities, including eating and personal hygiene, for their entire recovery. However, reaching overhead is restricted for the first 2 weeks. Time to return to work varies depending on the nature of the patient's job and extent of the procedure, but most people can return to work within 1-2 weeks.
If arm lift surgery sounds right for you, or you wish to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zienowicz or Dr. Brower at bodybyZ, please contact us at 401.453.0120 or use our online Request a Consultation form.