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Arm Lift


An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes the excess skin and fat deposits in the upper arms. If you are looking for a way to get rid of loose skin on your arms, and diet an exercise are not helping, you may be a good candidate for an arm lift.

During the consultation Dr. Craig will evaluate your health and walk you through the procedure and recovery in order to see if you are a good fit.

The procedure

The arm lift procedure utilizes an incision that extends from the elbow to the underarm, and sometimes on to the side of the chest. In some instances, Dr. Craig may recommend that liposuction be used alone, or in conjunction with, an arm lift to remove excess fat in the upper arms.

Once the incisions have been made Dr. Craig will gently lift the skin and fat off of the underlying muscles of the arms. After removing the excess skin and fat, the skin is then redraped over the underlying muscles. The end result is tighter, more contoured arms.

The recovery

The recovery period for an arm lift is about three to four weeks. While the majority of the swelling occurs in the first 24-48 hours, you may experience some lingering swelling and bruising for up to four weeks. During this three to four week period you should avoid straining, bending, and lifting to not put pressure on your incisions. This includes:

  • heavy work
  • aerobics
  • running
  • weight lifting
  • sexual intercourse

During the recovery period light stretching and walking is fine. You may experience some numbness in your arms as well, but this typically goes away within a couple months.

Scars from the incisions will often remain pink for a few months, but they will fade over the following 10-12 months. Keep in mind that the overall recovery and healing process is gradual, and you should expect to wait several months to utilize your arm in full capacity.

Dr. Craig will walk you through the specifics of your recovery in great detail and will provide pain medication for any discomfort you are experiencing.

Would you like to learn more about the arm lift procedure? Simply complete the form in the top left corner or call 662-377-6290.